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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...  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...  more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
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