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The Tower of Himeyuri, Itoman

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Visit The Tower of Himeyuri, a memorial to the lives of school students and teachers lost during the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. Part of a wider peace park and museum complex, the simple monolith was inaugurated in 1946, dedicated to the 230 young people and teachers who died tending wounded soldiers at the field hospital in the cave behind the memorial. The pleasant gardens contrast with the austerity of the structure itself, and the whole site possesses a hushed atmosphere. Add The Tower of Himeyuri to your Itoman travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Itoman family vacation planner.
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  • When I brought my parents here in 2011, Mom was too upset to tour the museum. She went to an all girls HS so it truly touched her. Like mother like daughter, I started crying at the entry of the memor...  more »
  • This place is a little diamond in the southern part of Okinawa. It tells of the history of girls and teachers from a girls' high school who were mobilized to help in the Japanese military hospitals at...  more »
  • A part of the peace memorial. Climb to the top for great views and also see all the memorials from the prefectures. You can spend a half an hour to hours walking the various paths.  more »
  • Most impressing memorial for the victims of this horrible and futile battle which cost so many lives. Everyone should come here!
  • Okinawa is a very beautiful island but WW2 is one area that can be a sad point in its history. Nevertheless, we should not look away at history. If you do have a chance to visit this island, I think this place is one area you should visit.
  • A true peace memorial, the stories and accounts of the experiences of the students during WWII are clearly expressed.
  • A sad but real story, everyone must go there once they visit Okinawa.
  • Historical place to go

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