Himeyuri Monument

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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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5.0a week 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.

4.0in the last week

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

5.04 months ago

The Battle of Okinawa is documented here, and the horrors a group of high school students had to endure as the battle raged. Although the video of some of the survivors is only in Japanese, you get the sense that they have all moved passed the atrocities they've witnessed and gone on to lead fulfilling lives and a desire for peace.

4.0in the last week

Solemn place to discuss the horrors of war with the children

4.09 months ago

Displays are illustrated with decent English. Great historical place to go. From this place, I learned the cruel fact of WWII and deeply felt how did it affect the people of Okinawa. I truly hope no more war on earth.

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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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