The Tower of Himeyuri / Himeyuri Peace Museum

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Himeyuri Memorial Tower is a cenotaph dedicated to the Himeyuri student corps who died in the Battle of Okinawa. The Himeyuri student corps was a group of 240 students and teachers of the Okinawa Shihan Women's School and Okinawa Daiichi Women's High School who were mobilized as a nursing unit for the Okinawan Army Field Hospital, towards the end of the Pacific War. Following the US military's advance at the end of May, they were withdrawn to the southern part of Okinawa Island, and abruptly disbanded in June. However, over 100 of them lost their lives soon after. In 1989, this museum was established to teach people about the wartime experiences of the Himeyuri student corps. The museum displays exhibits of the Himeyuri student corps personal possessions and photographs. There is also a diorama which is a reproduction of the Ihara Third Surgical Cave Hospital. The museum aims to make people consider war and peace through learning about the Himeyuri student corps' experiences.

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Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Ihara 671-1 map map Map
9:00-17:25(Last entry17:00)
open everyday
[Museum admission fee][Adult]450yen[High school student]250yen[Small, Junior high school students]150yen[Museum admission fee (group)] *20 people or more[Adult]400yen[High school student]200yen
[Small, Junior high school students]110yen
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※Please use the parking lot of the nearby Saturday birth shop.
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Available (Smoking area available on site)
Not available
English Menu
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 8, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Not possible (service dogs such as guide dogs are allowed)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Great peace museum representing an alternative view on the war.
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.03.07
    I enjoyed this museum pretty much, in fact more than the Naval museum as the stories here was presented very well and in a thought provoking manner. Having been to numerous war museum and influence...
  • Amazing and sad stories about civilians in war time
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.02.09
    Was really touched by a visit to this museum. They really managed to give an insight into the lifes of the people (focused on female high school students) of okinawa during the war time. Would...
  • The Okinawa Peace Museum is a must see within the Peace Memorial Park
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.11.23
    The Peace Memorial Museum provides a sobering overview of the Battle of Okinawa where 200,000 lives were lost in WWII. Twelve thousand American soldiers died in this bloody battle. The museum does...

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