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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  • October 1, 2017
    Cannot read in without tears is a testament of our seniors have left. It is a place made us think they wanted to protect Japan, over to posterity and we. To know about the cruelty of war come here traveled to.
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  • September 28, 2017
    Instruments of the lives of young people have played army and naval officers for the thinking of the country of the future, many people have died. As fairy tales leave not feeling responsible for suicide, but there's no way it's sad. Unfortunately only breeds more war. The letter to every story should be filmed sad MOM. Is the place I visited once.
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  • September 24, 2017
    Second, but also would go. Please take look at the film, zero forever. Is film young people to suicide, sacrificing himself.
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  • June 23, 2017
    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.
  • May 17, 2017
    Regardless of your perspective on the events being memorialized here, the letters from the Tokko pilots bring home the human cost of war. It is well setup, and has enough in English to make well worth the visit. The planes are a big plus.
  • February 3, 2017
    “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.
  • April 5, 2017
    Limited English exhibitions but English audio guide is available (for a fee) Smaller than the peace museum in Hiroshima but many interesting exhibitions inside. Bring tissues as some of the pilots letters will make you cry.
  • January 6, 2017
    This museum is very well made and they provide good english guides (ipad).

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