Battle of Okinawa
Duration: 4 3/4 hours
Tour Code: OKA-004
Visit Okinawa's historic battlefield sites and monuments of the Battle of Okinawa in this interesting half-day tour.
Departing from the pier, you will first travel towards the southeast corner of Okinawa, passing by several residential and commercial areas. Your first stop will be at the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, located where Rear Admiral Ota and his men desperately fought to the end on June 13, 1945. Once you have arrived, you will walk down the 101 steps into the narrow tunnels of the headquarters to see the commanding officer's room, staff room, generator rooms and more, giving you unique insight into the experiences the soldiers and officers had inside the headquarters.
Leaving the headquarters behind, you will next make your way to the Himeyuri Monument, which stands as a symbol of the severity of the Battle of Okinawa. The monument, as well as the small museum, was built as a dedication to the more than 200 female students and their teachers who lost their lives as volunteer nurses in the Himeyuri Corps. During your time here, you will be able to take a stroll through the small museum to learn more about the lives of these civilians. Although most of the displays are in Japanese, the language barrier will not keep visitors from gaining the message of peace that this museum portrays.
Rejoining your coach, you'll continue on towards the hills of Mabuni where one of the fiercest battles took place, and where the Cornerstone of Peace stands as a symbol of the tragic loss of life for both Okinawa and the Allied Forces. Passing through lush green fields and beautiful countryside, you will reach the Peace Memorial Park, where upon arrival you will have the opportunity to pass through the numerous stone memorials that are dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Battle of Okinawa.
At the conclusion of what will surely be a touching experience, you will transfer back to the pier in Naha.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of walking that is considered strenuous at times and there are uneven surfaces and a significant number of steps and narrow passageways to negotiate at the Naval Underground Headquarters. There are no elevators or ramps at this attraction. The museum in Himeyuru Monument is not included. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. We suggest that you bring local currency for any purchases at the sites.