In 1945, as World War II ended, Okinawa was placed under American rule, and until it was reverted to Japan on May 15, 1972, it went through a different history from that of the Mainland with heavy influence from the United States.
Take a scenic and comfortable, air-conditioned ride outside of Naha City to the Japanese Naval Underground Headquarters, a somber reminder of one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War. Toward the end of the Battle of Okinawa, this 450-meter tunnel complex served as the navy headquarters as well as the place where the commanding officer and 175 of his staff took their own lives.
Stand at the inscribed slab at the Himeyuri Monument covering a gaping hole in the ground; this hole is presumed to be part of a cave where 219 schoolgirls and their 18 teachers hid during battle. These girls were recruited from 2 schools to work as nurses in the Haebaru Army Field Hospital. As the battle approached, hospital operations moved to an underground cave where the students would dodge bullets as they emerged from the caves to get food, water and medical supplies. Abandoned by the Army, 14 girls survived to tell of the others who either took their lives or died in the U.S. siege. Learn their stories at the Peace Memorial Museum as you view the exhibitions and carefully preserved artifacts.
While on tour, take a lighthearted break at Okinawa World, a fun theme park showcasing Okinawan culture. Walk through Kingdom Village and observe artisan workshops introducing such traditional crafts as weaving, paper making, pottery and crafting musical instruments. Continue this special day and make your way through the 5-kilometer long Gyokusendo Cave.
This beautiful limestone cave is one of the longest in Japan and is the main attraction at Okinawa World. Marvel at the stunning stalagmites and stalactites suspended from the ceiling of the massive cavern before the conclusion of your time in Okinawa.
Reserve your spot on this historical private tour now to experience a special side of Okinawa that you will never forget.Please Note: The Entrance Fees (Naval HQ, Okinawa World) are 16USD per person and port fee payable in person.