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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  • we were driving south toward ibusuki and stumbled upon a "nice looking" building (and spotted a sign "samurai residences") so we decided to return the next day to visit. Chiran Peace museum is right a...  more »
  • This was a surprise. i wasn't sure what to expect but it was clear that the sacrifice made by these men was far removed from the lunatic evil suicide bomber of the modern era. Many of the pilots were ...  more »
  • I echo other complementary views about this museum. There's good help for English speakers who are challenged with the Japanese language & writing. About travel by public transport, I think that the d...  more »
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  • 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.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • This museum is very well made and they provide good english guides (ipad).
  • Very sad to see how many brave young men died for a lost cause. May they and their victims rest in peace.