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Himeyuri Peace Museum, Itoman

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Commemorating the tragedy of over 200 student nurses, as well as the teachers of two girls’ schools conscripted to take part the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, Himeyuri Peace Museum documents the battle and explains the circumstances behind the victims' death. Tear gas and grenades killed 136 students working in an underground military hospital in the face of invading US troops. The museum features portraits of all of the young victims and has volumes of testimonials and memoirs by 90 survivors, forming part of the popular memory trail on the island. Some 15 km (9 mi) south of Naha, the museum lies 3 km (2 mi) west of the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Himeyuri Peace Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • Stunning yet so sad. The videos and stories provided in the museum made me burst into tears. War is truly horrible. I think this museum did an amazing job of presenting everything that has happened on this island.
  • 300¥ adult entry fee A very moving, small museum devoted to the female students and their teachers who performed nursing duties during the 3 month siege of Okinawa by American forces at the end of WW2. Most were killed after dealing with un-human conditions. It’s a terrible story told here, and the short film on display will bring tears to your eyes. The no-entry cave where some of them performed their nursing duties and where they were killed is located right in front of the museum. Definitely worth a visit.

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