This memorial building commemorates the tragic loss of life that occurred in the Pacific war in August 1944, when the ship 「Tsushima-maru」 was hit and sunk while evacuating civilians including children, from Okinawa. The 2-story building gives an idea of what it must have been like boarding the 「Tsushima-maru」. It is located next to the 「Naminoue Public Beach」 close to the airport.
The 「Tsushima-maru Memorial Hall」 has an exhibition with a distinctive focus on 「children and war」. You will learn the true story of the incident, the names of the victims, and see testimonies of the survivors and the bereaved. There is a restoration of the children’s classroom, the inside of the ship, as well as photos and articles left by the deceased. In addition, a 「Tsushima-maru Memorial Hall」 official guidebook has been issued and there is a library with war related data.
In the Asahigaoka park where the memorial hall stands, there is a memorial tower for the Tsushima-maru victims called 「Kozakura no tou」 which literally means a tower of small cherry blossoms.
- 900-0031 1-25-37 Wakasa Naha Okinawa
- Business hours
- 9:00 ～ 17:00 (last admission is 16:30)
- Close day
- Thursday and New Year Holidays
- ¥500 for Adults, ¥300 for Junior and Senior high school students, ¥100 for Elementary school students (10% off for a group of 20 or more). Contact in advance is needed for a group.
- Possible to use Matsuyama Park's parking lot. Paid parking is also available in the neighborhood.
- Access information
- Take the「Yui Rail」 from the airport and get off at the Kencho-mae station. An 18-minute walk. For buses (#2, #3, #5, #14, #15,#17) get off at Kume Yubinkyoku-mae and a walk of 8 minutes.
- エレベーター 車イス用トイレ 車イス貸出
- Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) Okinawa Story, Tsushima-maru Memorial Hall HP