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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  • Many I know see commando youth told through documents such as letters! The real policy of commando, more young lives have fallen! Where education is as important as how much they touch on the cruelty of war, think! To the place I am giving you the opportunity look at war.
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  • Listen to the tale of the narrator's. I have forgotten over time and start reading the suicide note of. Whether history like this again and repeated does not like.
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  • Had little interest in war, but this time, go to Chilan felt the atrocity of the war all over again. People of high school age are Commando... felt for the country with the blessing of peace.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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