Himeyuri Monument

Sightseeing information about Himeyuri Monument in Japan.

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Close to the Memorial Peace Park, this large stone monument is dedicated to female students and teachers who worked in army field hospitals in caves. During the closing days of the Battle of Okinawa, 222 girls and 18 teachers were recruited from two senior high schools, and worked as nurses in the cave located beneath the monument. Most of them did not survive.

The adjacent museum shows a life-size georama of the cave and testimonial videos by some survivors to give you a glimpse of the history. The monument and museum is a place that will leave you speechless in reflection but give testimony to the horrendous situation toward the end of the war.

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5.02 months ago

If you are a history buff, this is definitely worth a visit. Many graves in the area, including caves where students and teachers alike died. Not many eateries nearby, so be sure to eat before visiting. There's part of the memorial that requires tickets. Adult ticket: 310 yen. Be prepared to walk quite a long distance. Easily accessible by bus.

5.0a month ago

Very powerful, humbling experience. A solemn place to respect the sacrifices made by two countries at war. The air is still and a beautiful, somewhat eerie feeling sends you chills when you see the caves these Japanese Medical Students hid in. A real must see for history buffs and tourists looking to experience "both" sides of the war.

4.02 months ago

Sad place but great to emphasize the importance of peace to our kids

4.02 months ago

Very historical place. School kids sacrificed their life during 2nd world war. Very sad moment. If you are in Okinawa don't miss this

4.02 months ago

Will need to visit the museum to justify the drive to the southern end of okinawa

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You can't believe that these caves were used as hospitals.

You can't believe that these caves were used as hospitals.

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