old naval headquarters trench


4.3 (2838)

236 Tomigusuku, Okinawa 901-0241, Japan

Battle-scarred underground complex, preserved in tribute to victims of 1945's Battle of Okinawa.

hourglassDuration: 01h20min

phone+81 98-850-4055

clockOpening hours

Mondays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fridays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


2838 review(s)

Jolene Lee a month ago

A museum and underground bunker that reminds us of the importance of peace. May the tragedies of war never repeat. The bunker was built by the Japanese soldiers using hands and tools only - pretty impressive. Took a 600yen taxi from the manko wetlands here.


Nicci Lange a month ago

Cool place if you want to learn about WWII history here in Okinawa. My 6 year old is obsessed with war history so he absolutely loved it. Very cool to see the tunnels but very sad to know the horror that occurred there decades ago. Decent parking and lovely views from the entrance. They accept cards for the tour.


Charlie Morse a month ago

I last visited this complex a decade ago. As time has moved forward and my perspectives have changed, I feel that this visit provided a much more sobering insight into the war in Okinawa. I was especially struck by how the naval leadership viewed local Okinawans, which seems to contrast with how they were treated by so many. It was also interesting to find out that new excavations are still underway and remains and artifacts have very recently been discovered. This is a very sobering experience. The scars on the walls, especially, speak so much. Highly recommend.


Robert Lo 4 months ago

If you're interested in delving into the history of WWII in Okinawa and experiencing a serene and peaceful atmosphere, there's a place that comes highly recommended. It serves as a reminder of the past and highlights the significance of peace. The site's presentation effectively maintains its neutral stance, leaving a lasting impression on visitors. It's an unforgettable experience that truly showcases the resilience and determination of the Okinawan people. For those with a keen interest in Japanese WWII history and the remarkable efforts made by the locals, this destination is a must-visit.


Stephen Asbury 4 months ago

I love the history of WW2 in the Pacific, and this is a major piece of the story. In three months in 1945, over 200,000 died here in the last land battle of the conflict. Visit the underground bunker where Japanese Supreme Commander Ota, his six officers, and 4000 men committed suicide on 13 June 1945. Excavated 1952-77, and in 2023, this is a well-preserved WW2 setting. It is highly recommended. An easy, inexpensive taxi/Uber from the cruise ship port or downtown.