Chiran Peace Museum, Minamikyushu

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At Chiran Peace Museum, see how an airbase for World War II kamikazes became a monument to peace. During the final stages of the war, the Japanese Imperial Army used the two runways to send 1,036 able men to their tactically deliberate deaths. As you enter the museum, inspect the four warplanes--a Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa, a 1943 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien, a 1944 Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate, and a Mitsubishi Zero recovered from the seabed in 1980. Examine the exhibited personal poems, testaments, letters, and other artifacts, including the photographs of each pilot arranged in the order in which they died. Don't miss the moving display of a grand piano on which two of the pilots played Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata the night before their final mission. See Chiran Peace Museum and all Minamikyushu has to offer by arranging your trip with our Minamikyushu vacation generator.
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  • Become a very studied in fun places, as well as the location of bombing relation is not would be worth a go. Depending on the time and story tellers and ask even deeper understanding.
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  • It is a visit about a year ago. Recalling each breast is clogged up. Chiran tea is famous is the home on the way to wonder at their views of the tea. And has been 思inashitari. Not a place to enjoy Hall filled with many many youngsters suffering and be prepared. But is the place you want to visit.
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  • Visited by traveling alone. Then just became a film-related topic that intrigued. I would come here in a turning point in the life of a good. If any trouble even compared to this remembrance our conflict is minuscule
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  • Wow this museum is definitely great. It offers an excellent insight to Japan's past. It's definitely worth the trip if you can go by car or bus. All of the materials are interesting with translations. You can even rent an audio guide for ¥200.
  • The museum is easily accessible by bus from JR Kagoshima Chuo station (the station number was 16.. Although we went there yesterday, I forget numbers easily....). The fee is little bit less than 1000JPY. It takes roughly an hour from Kagoshima. The bus stops basically in front of the museum - just 5 minutes by foot, you can't miss it. Make sure you check the return schedule to Kagoshima!! The bus goes every hour or so and last one is at 18:xx. The entrance fee to the museum can consist of two - you can either pay ticket just for the peace museum, or also buy ticket to nearby Chiran folk museum. The fee was about 600Yen for both. The peace museum prohibits taking pictures or videos. With, phone, camera, doesn't matter if without flash. You have the option to rent an audio guide, as not everything is translated. It's strange, some things are translated and some not. It doesn't seem to make any sense... Now, I've been to horrible places like Auschwitz, Dachau, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. But this place is more personal, as you can read letters from the pilots to their families. Most of them were in their twenties, few even 18 or even 17 at the time they "fulfilled their duty". Some letters show human insanity, most of them show people who know what they are doing and that they do not want to so. It's extremely moving. I've read that this place is just propaganda, right wing propaganda and so on. I cannot agree less. There are few places in the museum where you can see videos where they present facts. Facts how everything started and also how impersonal the war was. They don't try to present "bad side" or "good side". Just raw information. That's all. Although they may were our enemies once, it's 2016 now. Pay respect to them, or just don't go here. Your choice
  • Very sad to see how many brave young men died for a lost cause. May they and their victims rest in peace.
  • A part of history that western people rarely see.
  • Heartbreaking.