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Ozushima island is a short boat ride from Tokuyama Port (photo) near JR Tokuyama Station. The island is known for the training ground for kaiten manned torpedoes during World War II.
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Replica of a kaiten at Tokuyama Port. Note that Ozushima is not pronounced "Otsushima." Some might spell it as Ohzushima to indicate a long vowel O.
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Replica of a kaiten at Tokuyama Port. Also see my Google Map for major sights.
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About the kaiten.
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Tokuyama Port and boat for Ozushima island. Boat fare is 690 yen (ticket office is opposite of this dock).
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High-speed hydrofoil boat for Ozushima island takes 20 min. There's also a car ferry that takes about 45 min. and the boat fare is the same.
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Inside the hydrofoil boat for Ozushima island.
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Tokuyama industrial complex.
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Arriving Ozushima island. A facility used to train kaiten pilots still remains and the Kaiten Memorial Museum explains about the kaiten manned torpedo and the suicide kaiten pilots.
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A flag on a flag pole on this hill marks the location of the Kaiten Memorial Museum.
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Disembarking on Ozushima island. Be sure to check the return boat schedule since boats don't run that often.
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Our boat leaving Ozushima.
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Map of Ozushima. We are on the lower left of the island.
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Welcome sign on Ozushima.
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Memorial for kaiten pilots.
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Way to the Kaiten Memorial Museum amid camp cabins.
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Tourist map of Ozushima. Go right to see the Kaiten Memorial Museum or go left to see the offshore kaiten training facility.
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I went to see the kaiten training facility first. The path is along the shore.
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Offshore kaiten manned torpedo launch-training facility used to train kaiten pilots still remains.
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Kaiten manned torpedo launch-training facility. This is where they launched practice runs around the island in manned torpedoes.
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Island near Ozushima.
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Tunnel ahead.
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This World War II-era tunnel was used to take kaiten torpedoes to the training facility. It now provides access to the training facility.
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Inside the tunnel leading to the kaiten training facility.
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They used a trolley to transport the kaiten from the base to the offshore training facility. The trolley tracks in the tunnel have been filled in.
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Trolley tracks.
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An opening part way in the tunnel.
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View of the kaiten manned torpedo launch-training facility.
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Kaiten manned torpedo launch-training facility on Ozushima island.
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The tunnel also has photos of kaiten and their suicide pilots. Very poignant and sad captions for each photo.
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Read the caption.
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More photos on the other tunnel wall.
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Kaiten were launched by a submarine.
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When you come out of the tunnel, the Kaiten manned torpedo launch-training facility is right there.
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Kaiten manned torpedo launch-training facility.
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Kaiten monument
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About the kaiten training site.
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Kaiten manned torpedo launch-training base was built in 1939. They started using this facility for launch training from Sept. 1944.
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Kaiten manned torpedo launch-training base on Ozushima island, Yamaguchi Prefecture. 回天発射訓練基地跡
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The kaiten pilots trained by piloting the kaiten around the island.
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Remains of the kaiten manned torpedo launch-training facility on Ozushima island, Yamaguchi Prefecture. 回天発射訓練基地跡
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This facility was originally built in 1939 for testing Type 93 torpedoes. This is a launching bay for a torpedo, not kaiten which is too big for this.
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A Type 93 torpedo was 8.5 meters long and 61 cm wide. The kaiten was 14.75 meters long and 1 meter wide which is too big for this torpedo launching bay.
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A torpedo launching dock. This is too small for a kaiten.
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They launched the kaiten from this dock out in the ocean. They used a crane to hoist it into the water. The kaiten was 14.75 meters long and 1 meter wide.
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Remains of the kaiten crane's foundation.
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About the kaiten manned torpedo launch-training base built in 1939. It started to be used from Sept. 5, 1944 as a kaiten training base.
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Kaiten pilots trained by driving kaitens around the island or around just the eastern part of the island.
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Way back to the tunnel.
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Way to the Kaiten Memorial Museum. It's slightly up the hill.
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Now the Ozushima Primary School, this was where they had the military barracks for kaiten personnel. They transported the kaiten from here to the offshore launch-training facility.
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Forest for international exchange.
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Path to Kaiten Memorial Museum.
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Kaiten Memorial Museum on Ozushima island, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed Wed. Admission 300 yen. Free for kids under age 18. 回天記念館
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The Kaiten Memorial Museum has a restored kaiten torpedo on display right outside.
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The Kaiten Memorial Museum has a restored kaiten torpedo on display right outside.
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Kaiten manned torpedo outside the Kaiten Memorial Museum on Ozushima island, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
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Periscope of kaiten.
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Kaiten pilot seat inside the kaiten.
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Kaiten engine remnants.
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Kaiten engine remnants.
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Kaiten engine remnants.
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Monument for kaiten pilots who died.
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Names of kaiten pilots who died.
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Memorial bell
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View of Seto Inland Sea from the museum.
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Inside the Kaiten Memorial Museum.
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Photography is allowed inside the museum, but they don't allow you to take pictures of the wall of portraits of those who died as kaiten pilots.
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Scale model of wartime Ozushima island.
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Kaiten training routes around Ozushima. The pilots trained by driving the kaiten around the upper or lower half of the island or navigating in a straight line for 3 km. The launch site is on the lower left.
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Replica of kaiten's pilot cockpit.
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Replica of kaiten's pilot cockpit seat.
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Replica of kaiten's pilot cockpit.
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Kaiten mounted on a sub for launching.
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Final testaments by kaiten pilots on suicide missions. They were only 18-20 years old.
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Exhibits in the Kaiten Memorial Museum.
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Kaiten hatch.
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Drawing of a kaiten being transported to the test launching site on Ozushima.
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Drawing of a submarine loaded with kaiten sailing away from Ozushima with a seaplane overhead.
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Museum's founder, Katsuro Mori who collected many kaiten-related artifacts for the museum.
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Back to the port.
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Car ferry back to Tokuyama Port.
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Car ferry back to Tokuyama Port. It takes about 45 min. to Tokuyama Port from Ozushima.
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Leaving Ozushima.
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Kaiten Memorial Museum can be seen on this hillside with the flag pole.
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It's a scenic boat ride between Ozushima and Tokuyama in the Seto Inland Sea with lots of boats.
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Oil refineries along Tokuyama.
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Leaving Ozushima.
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Quite a few islands in the Seto Inland Sea are scarred by cement makers.
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Secluded beach on an island. So many islands in Seto Island Sea.
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Tokuyama, Shunan
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Tokuyama Port offloading a container ship for Costco.
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Tokuyama Port offloading a container ship for Costco.
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Tokuyama Port offloading a container ship for Costco.
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Tokuyama Port offloading a container ship for Costco.
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Tokuyama's coast is lined with industry.
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Tokuyama industrial zone in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
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Approaching Tokuyama Port.
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Large car ferry at Tokuyama Port.
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