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Himeyuri Peace Museum, Itoman

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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. For Himeyuri Peace Museum and beyond, use our Itoman travel itinerary maker to get the most from your Itoman vacation.
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  • The nickname for the Okinawa Women's Normal School & the 1st Women's Prefectural High School was Himeyuri and unfortunately 240 of their students - who all perished - were assigned to work as nursing ...  more »
  • An honest and true depiction of events that transpired. Real touching and moving to learn of the tragedy that beset these innocent school girls. The place is not big but we spent about 1 & 1/2hrs here...  more »
  • All visitors to Okinawa should visit this museum. There is invaluable information about the importance of peace in the world. This is a beautiful museum and I am glad I visited.  more »