Revisiting History

Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters (Kaigungo Park)

This bunker was built in 1944 to protect Oroku Airbase (now Naha Airport) on a hill overlooking the airfield and lying to its south east. Tunnels were excavated and strenghtened with concrete by the Japanese Navy Corps of Engineers, totalling over 450m (about 500 yards) in length.

Designed to resist bombs and accomodate troops during the long battle to come, it was home to up to 4,000 soldiers. However, when the Oroku area was surrounded by American forces in June, 1945, the commanding officers commited suicide, bringing the battle for this part of Okinawa to an end.

The bunker was abandoned after the war, but later, the remains of the deceased soldiers were retrieved, and 300m of tunnels were restored for educational purposes. Near the bunker is also a museum where not only rifles and uniforms, but also personnal possessions of the soldiers and the letters they wrote to their family are on display.

旧海軍司令部壕公園

Company name Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters (Kaigungo Park)
Street address 〒901-0241
Okinawa, Tomigusuku 236
Access click here for directions
Example price Adults: ¥450 Children: ¥230
Group (20 people and over): Adults: ¥400 Children: ¥200
Monorail day pass users: Adults ¥360 Children ¥160
(Other discount tickets cannot be used together with one of the above options.)
Website http://kaigungou.ocvb.or.jp/english/index.html
Parking available
Parking available (free)
Easy acccess
Wheelchair rental availableAccessible bathroom
Perks: discounts
Group discount
Business hours From October to June: 8:30~17:00
From July to September: 8:30~17:30
Visit of the museum takes about 40 minutes.
※ For groups of 20 and over, please reserve in advance.
Closed Open year round
Contact 098-850-4055

Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters Office

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