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The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters (旧海軍司令部壕)


Historical Monument

The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters is an underground bunker complex constructed in 1944. There were around 450 meters of tunnels in total; the aim was to enable the defense of Okinawa to be carried on for as long as possible. The underground complex held a total of around 4,000 personnel; many lives were lost here. In 1970, 300 meters of the tunnels (including the command center) were restored, and opened to the public. There is a museum with a display of items recovered from the underground bunker complex, including weapons, uniforms, letters written to family members, etc.


Okinawa Pref. Tomigusukushi Tomigusuku 236 (Naha / Southern OkinawaArea)

phone 0988504055


Review of Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/03/07 Worth a short visit if around the area
Best way to go about this museum is to start at the exhibition area where there were some artifacts and facts on the naval division and the war. Then, you will enter the tunnel down to where used to...
Reviewed:2020/01/04 Small But Worth A Visit
If you drive, it is convenient to get there. The museum is not huge but very informative. The tunnel is also not long but we took our time to cover every corner and understand from the boards that...
Reviewed:2019/12/16 Kinda Empty
This place lacks realia. The only real objects I saw in the tunnel system were a wooden table and some chairs, and they certainly looked like they were made long after the war was over. The museum...

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Okinawa Pref. Tomigusukushi Tomigusuku 236 [map]
Naha / Southern OkinawaArea
open everyday
[Admission fee] Adults450yen, Children230yen
* Friday revision Scheduled due to consumption tax increase after 10 Monday. Facility confirmation required.
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Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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