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The Tower of Himeyuri, Itoman

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Visit The Tower of Himeyuri, a memorial to the lives of school students and teachers lost during the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. Part of a wider peace park and museum complex, the simple monolith was inaugurated in 1946, dedicated to the 230 young people and teachers who died tending wounded soldiers at the field hospital in the cave behind the memorial. The pleasant gardens contrast with the austerity of the structure itself, and the whole site possesses a hushed atmosphere. To visit The Tower of Himeyuri on your holiday in Itoman, and find out what else Itoman has to offer, use our Itoman.
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  • As I was not brought up with this part of ww2 it is interesting to understand what happened here. This site is one of remembering the people who were helping the wounded in the war and were they... 
    As I was not brought up with this part of ww2 it is interesting to understand what happened here. This site is one of remembering the people who were helping the wounded in the war and were they...  more »
  • Himeyuri is a student organization at the time of WW2. Student must serve soldiers even girl students.At the late time of Okinawa battle, 80 out of 100 students were killed in the cave here. The... 
    Himeyuri is a student organization at the time of WW2. Student must serve soldiers even girl students.At the late time of Okinawa battle, 80 out of 100 students were killed in the cave here. The...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This is the most amazing museum in all of Japan. It captures the pain of WW2 in Okinawa. This broke my heart. As a teacher I could never imagine sending my students into war. My job as a teacher is to protect my students. Rest in peace. Please come to this amazing and touching memorial museum. The stories here are so real.

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