Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, Tomigusuku

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Landmark Military Facility
Visitors to Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters will find many sad, poignant reminders of the terrible loss of life that took place here in Okinawa, and of the painful legacy of war. The naval base was established in 1944 using pickaxes and hoes, and was 450 m (1,476.3 ft) in length. In the post-war years, the site was left untouched until it was re-opened in 1970, after being renovated. At that time, the remains of around 2,400 people were recovered. Traverse the tunnels observing relics and artifacts, including a telegram from the forces' final commander Rear Admiral Minoru Ota, sent just days before he and 175 of his men committed "seppuku," a form of ritual suicide. Stories like this echo throughout the tight corridors, officer's rooms, code rooms, and staff room. Use our Tomigusuku trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters and other attractions in Tomigusuku.
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  • Accessible by public bus about half an hour from downtown Naha. The underground tunnel was well built. The history was explained in details. A bit hard to find but google map would help. If you go by ...  more »
  • I learned a lot about the Okinawan viewpoint regarding World War II. It really is amazing how the Underground Headquarters was built, and you will appreciate the tremendous effort that went into creat...  more »
  • Visiting here brought me to tears. I read up about the war before going to Okinawa but coming here really gave an insight about the war. It is an important reminder of what human beings are capable of...  more »

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