Itoman (糸満市) is in Okinawa, Japan.

Okinawa Peace Park

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Throughout its history, the city has been an invaluable port city in Okinawa with a thriving fishing industry. Even today, many of the city’s biggest festivals revolve around fishing.

The city’s trajectory and notability completely changed in early 1945 when it became one of the bloodiest battlefields in the American invasion of Okinawa. Thousands of Japanese, Americans, and native Okinawans died here. The city now contains multiple sites dedicated to World War II, the Battle of Okinawa and its affects on the island and the people, and peace. The museums here are considered must-visit sites by many visitors to Okinawa.

There are many buses that travel to Itoman from Naha.

Once you get to Itoman Bus Terminal, you can then transfer to a bus that will take you to your destination within the city. Bus #82 goes to the Peace Park (Heiwa Kinendo Iriguchi Bus Stop) and passes the Himeyuri Peace Museum (107 and 108 pass the Himeyuri Peace Museum but do not go to the Peace Park). Check Bus Map Okinawa for bus routes.

  • 26.0965127.69071 Himeyuri Peace Museum (ひめゆり平和祈念資料館, himeyuri heiwa kinen shiryōkan), 671-1 Aza-Ihara, Itoman, +81 98-997-2101. 9:00-17:00. Students from two girls’ schools, together called Himeyuri, were mobilized to work as field nurses during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. This memorial museum documents, from a personal perspective, their lives before and during the battle, in which many of them died. Exhibits are labeled in English. The museum gives voice to the victims and provides real stories and faces that help give the victims some humanity as opposed to being statistics. ¥300 for adults. 
  • 26.080951127.6647891 Gushikawa Castle Ruins (具志川城跡). Quiet ruins near Cape Kyan. It is unknown who built the castle, but excavation results indicate it was used from the end of the 12th century to the mid-15th century. Free. (updated Mar 2016)
  • 26.085959127.6919511 Konpaku-no-To (魂魄之塔). (updated Mar 2016)

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