Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, Tomigusuku

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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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  • To see where the Japanese ended their official resistance and their lives on Okinawa. Under six are free, walking around 150 stairs into the earth is not difficult. The headquarters are labeled in Eng...  more »
  • There is a small museum at the entrance where you purchase your tickets. While the tunnels aren't very long (they are semi-circular), you do have to walk down over 100 steep and slippery steps to get ...  more »
  • I've been to this place several times throughout middle and high school. It's stuffy, damp, and aggravates my claustrophobia. I give it 5 stars because of the supernatural experience I had in 2005. On...  more »