Chiran Peace Museum, Minamikyushu

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. Put Chiran Peace Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Minamikyushu trip planner .
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  • Once here on the kamikazes flew did not return the youth Hall of Fame. Without tears, such as a letter written by his mother who is not this feature. Thanks to the people who laid the Foundation for today's peace
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  • The fact that this area was once a training base for kamikaze pilots to be trained and had now been turned into a peace museum made it all the more significant and poignant in my eyes. The gardens nea...  more »
  • This is a Peace Museum dedicated to the Kamikaze pilots. The goal is to put names and faces to those that fought so nothing like this happens again. It was sobering to find that many of the pilots wer...  more »
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  • Built on a former Imperial Japanese Army airfield, this museum is a peace memorial in honor of those army pilots who flew the final sortie to Okinawa. Looking at the rows of photos of the young pilots who died puts a very human perspective to the loss and respect for their bravery. The museum has a few aircraft, models, paintings, a temple and a large number of stone lanterns lining the roads.
  • Taxi cost 4000 yen from kiire station, too hard to get to, not worth it. Not really suitable for western tourists, no acknowledgement that the Japanese were the aggressor.
  • The Japanese War Museum displays all the olo weapons used in World War ll
  • War is just the way human kind learn more about life.
  • “Brave men” This museum represents the brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, it's hard not to get a little emotional here when you see the exhibits, if you're non Japanese then get the English translation, I was lucky as my friend is Japanese and he explained enough to me, everything in this museum is a must see. I must say that the Japanese honour the fallen comrades in a very noble way no matter which peace museum you visit.
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