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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  • Was going left, just hope the future Japan of sons ages comes just as strongly felt not only as his effort to avoid the same mistakes.
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  • Many people have heard of the Kamikaze team, the you special attack and the museum is a memorial of these dead men, in addition to displaying the heritage of the kamikaze team members and related information, more combat time to actually use the fighters, worth living.
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  • Could not stop the tears, as their children sometimes went with his parents. It is a companion to handkerchief. I think there other locations where doing the suicide aircraft exhibits, the most visited facilities. Exhibits artifacts such as photos, will approximately 4500 points, but most of it is founding Director, which gathered former commando members Itatsu Tadashi Tadashi's is. Out of 1036 sorties as the army according to the articles of the peace center, 439 name sorties from chiran and since the Kanoya 12 sorties, are described. Might give the impression is not bad, but the Kanoya naval air base sortie 908 name is so bad had the most sorties from chiran description I felt discomfort.
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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.
  • 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).

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