After departing port, tour visits to the Chiran Peace Museum which is one of the most important museum to learn World War II. It exhibits many articles and portfolios left by the deceased soldiers who fought for Japan during the final moments of World War II. The last battle took place in Okinawa. The bloodshed was unprecedented in the Japanese war effort up to that point. The soldiers represented in the Museum died as Army tokko pilots of special attack forces. The accumulation of the many articles which are exhibited in here today are due to the assistance of many friends and relatives of these deceased pilots. It was the relative's mission to ensure that the sacrifices made by each pilot would never be forgotten. The pilot's last wish was that Japan would be peaceful and prosperous once more. Today Japan is very prosperous. We should be grateful to the pilots for this.
Chiran Peace Museum has been built to commemorate the pilots and expose the tragic loss of their lives so that we may understand the need for everlasting peace and ensure such incidents are never repeated.
Before returning to the port, you'll visit Tenmonkan for shopping. You'll find Kagoshima's popular souvenirs, confections, shochu and more.
There are some popular shops such as 'Shirokuma' shave ice, and Kagoshima Ramen. Enjoy your trip in Kagoshima!
What we will see
- Sightseeing tour of the Satsuma peninsula
- Town of Chiran *Peace Museum For Kamikaze Pilots
- Shopping in the Tenmonkan district
What we will do
- We set off from the port of Kagoshima for a pleasant sightseeing tour of the Satsuma peninsula as we drive inland through a rural and less populated Japan where green tea plantations extend as far as the eye can see.
- Our destination is the town of Chiran, famous for its perfectly-preserved samurai houses and for having been an important take-off base for kamikaze aeroplanes during the Second World War.
- We visit the Peace Museum For Kamikaze Pilots, a touching collection of items that testify the immense sacrifice of these Japanese pilots, who willingly gave their lives for their country.
- The museum displays farewell letters, personal items and photographs of the pilots with the aim of serving as a warning for the future and promoting peace. Some planes used in kamikaze attacks are also on display.
- We then head back to Kagoshima and end our excursion with some shopping in the Tenmonkan district where we can purchase a few souvenirs or enjoy some delicacies such as the shirokuma slush and typical Kagoshima ramen.
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