Himeyuri Peace Museum, Itoman

Commemorating the tragedy of over 200 student nurses, as well as the teachers of two girls’ schools conscripted to take part the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, Himeyuri Peace Museum documents the battle and explains the circumstances behind the victims' death. Tear gas and grenades killed 136 students working in an underground military hospital in the face of invading US troops. The museum features portraits of all of the young victims and has volumes of testimonials and memoirs by 90 survivors, forming part of the popular memory trail on the island. Some 15 km (9 mi) south of Naha, the museum lies 3 km (2 mi) west of the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Himeyuri Peace Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Itoman Edition.
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  • Himeyuri students as if you were at the expense of such exhibits. Reports of many casualties by gas canisters Ibara third surgery shelter is full-sized and had been reproduced, but this narrow space close to 100 people who's hiding behind was so. The Amphitheatre of the misery of war and brutality.
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  • To the left of the entrance of the Himeyuri Memorial Tower. Okinawa battle of World War II instead of the Army Hospital of surgery doctors, nurses and staff members, has exhibits and photos of the work mobilization schoolgirl schoolgirl teacher.
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  • In the war experience generation passes away, who becomes the narrator and how hardships? Approach the Museum from the front face this challenge was very helpful. Last exhibition was very impressive. Even touching the gruesome events of the past, as well as the succession of time should be obtained.
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  • A poignant story of how war affects innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire. I like how the setup of the museum succeeds in making the visit enjoyable while avoiding the draggy-ness of over-information. The testimonials and accounts of the last days before the surrender were very interesting - glad there was English translation at that one booth in the room filled with Japanese scripts. The life-sized cave that opens up to the entrance of the museum is a nice touch too. Tip for drivers using Gmaps: Don’t put Himeyuri Museum as your destination and follow the route blindly, as I did. You’ll end up in a no man’s land below a hill the museum is located. Instead, put Himeyuri Memorial Tower as the destination and you’ll find some parking near the museum.
  • Very intense, and informative. The museum is worth it. Make sure to read the testimonials in English in the room with the books. Very good English across the place. It is crushing but people need to remember.
  • A profoundly sad snapshot of the horrors of war. So many children died and this is a memorial to them, complete with pictures and information on each child and teacher.
  • A moving museum about 240 students (all girls) the majority of whom died during the fighting in Okinawa. It's difficult not to be moved when you enter the room with the portraits of all the girls. There lots of information in English.
  • Very beautiful, moving, informative experience. Crushing.

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