Gyokusendo Cave & Peace Memorial Museum
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 5 Hours
Walk through the amazing Gyokusendo Cave, located in the Okinawa World theme park. It is a two-mile-long cave renowned for its intricate limestone formations and is the largest cave of its kind in Asia. With 900,000 stalagmites and stalactites and underground streams, the cave offers exquisite and mysterious scenery along its dimly lit path.
Continue to the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum. In 1945, a fierce battle took place on these islands. The "typhoon of steel" lasted 90 days and disfigured mountains, destroyed much of the local cultural legacy, and claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people. The Battle of Okinawa was the only ground fighting fought on Japanese soil and was also the largest-scale campaign of the Asia-Pacific War. Even Okinawa's civilians were fully mobilized. A significant aspect of the Battle of Okinawa was the great loss of civilian life. Under the most desperate circumstances, Okinawans directly experienced the tragedy of war, and it is this experience that is at the center of the Okinawan Heart -- the term that describes a resilient attitude towards life that the Okinawan people have developed, where personal dignity is respected above all else. Okinawans reject any acts related to war and cherish their own culture.
The Cornerstone of Peace, located of the hill of Mabuni where one of the fiercest battles took place, stands as a symbol of their loss. At Memorial Park you will glimpse the numerous marble memorials that dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Battle of Okinawa.
There are many steps (up and down) at the Gyokusendo Cave, with no elevators and no ramps. Photography is not permitted inside the Peace Memorial Museum. Due to the subject matter, displays in museums may be sensitive in nature. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations.