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Chiran Peace Museum

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Address: 17881 Chirancho Kori, Minamikyushu 897-0302, Kagoshima Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 993-83-2525
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30

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+1 if you are Japanese

The museum focuses on "Kamikaze" air force of WWII Japan. It shows the whole program and provides stories of individual pilots. Please note that it is not possible to take... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jan K
Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum focuses on "Kamikaze" air force of WWII Japan. It shows the whole program and provides stories of individual pilots. Please note that it is not possible to take pictures inside.

Thank Jan K
McLean, Virginia
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this museum at the suggestion of an American friend and aviation enthusiast. Though I see from other reviews that foreign visitors off of cruise ships are often brought here from Kagoshima, I was the only apparent non-Japanese in a sea of Japanese visitors, including high school students. I speak, understand and read some Japanese, so I generally knew what... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did a group tour to this museum. Although not very comprehensive ,it was worth the travel to visit here. There were more than 1000 trainee kamikaze pilots trained from this WW2 site. Within the building are a lot of old relics including a reconstructed Zero, rifles, uniforms,swords, etc but more importantly, hundreds of letters from these young flyers (some... More 

Thank Laurence F
Kawasaki, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chiran is for the Army and Kanoya is for the Navy and I prefer Kanoya for three reasons; 1) Free vs US$5 2) Fake planes vs Real planes displayed 3) less crowd Basically both places displays mostly last wills and pictures of suicide attackers during the second world war and military uniforms.

Thank Keizo
Stockholm County, Sweden
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Though the war glorification was visible, the overall experience of the museum was a good one. Many artifacts are visible, including a shot down and salvaged wreck of a Zero Fighter.

Thank Miguel B
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549 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

You cannot visit this museum without tear. Their exhibition is touching. We certainly realize how awful and how inhuman a war is. From the museum to Chiran downtown is about 30 -40 minutes' walk. If there is no bus service on time, it is a pleasant walking.

1 Thank Kimitaka S
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Chiran was the airbase in which Kamikaze pilots left on their final missions late in WW2. Many interesting artifacts can be seen.

1 Thank Chris911928
Camas, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

In 1944-45 Japan was desperate nation facing total destruction by an unimaginably powerful military force. Facing critical shortages of men, materiel and advanced weapons, the Kamikaze was a desperate last-ditch attempt to stem the allied Juggernaut. The Chiran peace museum is a testament to the courageous young men who thought they might make a difference by sacrificing their lives to... More 

2 Thank TFB777
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

The museum is easily accessible by bus from JR Kagoshima Chuo station (the station number was 16.. Although we went there yesterday, I forget numbers easily....). The fee is little bit less than 1000JPY. It takes roughly an hour from Kagoshima. The bus stops basically in front of the museum - just 5 minutes by foot, you can't miss it.... More 

3 Thank Michael N
Uji, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

We were here in October and the area was crowded with people due to "Furusato" festival held nearby the museum. It was a very moving experience especially once you're inside the museum.I was lucky enough to read the letter written by Corporal Yukio Araki to his family and I must say that I cant sleep the whole night after that.... More 

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