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Himeyuri Peace Museum

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Address: 671-1 Ihara, Itoman 901-0344, Okinawa Prefecture
Name/address in local language
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+81 98-997-2100
09:00 - 17:25
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:25
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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An honest and true depiction of events that transpired. Real touching and moving to learn of the tragedy that beset these innocent school girls. The place is not big but we spent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

An honest and true depiction of events that transpired. Real touching and moving to learn of the tragedy that beset these innocent school girls. The place is not big but we spent about 1 & 1/2hrs here. My teenage children reckoned that this was one place they will never forget.

1 Thank BertSG
Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

All visitors to Okinawa should visit this museum. There is invaluable information about the importance of peace in the world. This is a beautiful museum and I am glad I visited.

Thank fabrizi0a2016
Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The museum is part of the Peace park complex and is a very worthwhile place to visit. The Battle of Okinawa was a tragic event, reflecting the japanese psyche at the time , as they had never lost a battle previous to this. The audio guide in English is excellent and one is able to follow everything presented.

Thank suem030
Nishinomiya, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is a place comparable to Hiroshima but not as well known. It is pretty dark with all the sad stories. When you see the pictures and names of the 200 Nursing school students (as young as 13 years old) who died during the attacks or by suicide after working day and night helping doctors, injured soldiers, and burying the... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Although this was our second time visiting this memorial, we did not realize the significance it played in our family's past. We found out after returning the first time visiting Okinawa that my sister in law's half sister was one of the young women that is memorialized at this peace museum. With this knowledge, we found out this young girl's... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

As other have described the museum & the story it tells I won't repeat their comments again. Yes, it's a very sad story & one I had not heard of before being taken there. Personally I feel it has more relevance to the Japanese people than foreigners. There are six chambers to go through during which the whole story unfolds.... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

The Himeyuri Peace Museum was the second phase of our cruise excursion morning in Okinawa in October last. We were rewarded with an excellent guide whose grandmother had lived through the Battle of Okinawa and had passed down her experiences of that time. That knowledge amplified the poignancy that overcomes you when you learn how the girls were eventually treated... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

We came here at the recommendation of a friend (who said it made him too emotional and he couldn't come in with us). We visited after Shurijo Castle and the Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters. Himeyuri is the nickname for the Okinawa Women's Normal School and the First Women's Prefectural High School. On March 23, 1945 as the US military started... More 

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Northern Virginia, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

A fitting tribute and memorial to those that perished during World War II. During the war, a girl’s school was impressed to serve as nurses to the Imperial Japanese Forces. As the Battle of Okinawa progressed, the school girls evacuated from cave to cave and moved to the caves where they seeked shelter and protection from the rain of artillery... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015

The museum tells you how mainly young girls were 'conscripted' into becoming nurses and general labourers during the worst time of the war and were expected to complete superhuman feats under appalling conditions. Locals sheltered, lived and died in the very caves on the grounds The reporting seems to be unbiased and makes you just think about the horrors of... More 

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