Okinawa - Hacksaw Ridge - The most famous WW2 battlefield in Okinawa

Hacksaw Ridge - The most famous WW2 battlefield in Okinawa

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(30 reviews)
Urasoe Castle Park, Okinawa, Japan
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

The Battle of Okinawa (April 1, 1945-June 22, 1945) was the last major battle of World War II, and one of the bloodiest. Okinawa’s 466 square miles of dense foliage, hills and trees made it the perfect location for the Japanese High Command’s last stand to protect their motherland. Hacksaw Ridge, was located atop a 400-foot vertical cliff. The American attack on the ridge began on April 26. It was a brutal battle for both sides. One soldier at the escarpment stood out—Corporal Desmond T. Doss. He was an army medic and Seventh-Day Adventist who refused to raise a gun to the enemy. Surrounded by enemy soldiers, he went alone into the battle fray and rescued 75 of his wounded comrades. His heroic story was brought to life on the big screen in 2016 in the film Hacksaw Ridge and he won a Medal of Honor for his bravery. Join James and Becka as we visit the battlefield and relive the heroic exploits of Desmond Doss.


Meet your local guide

James and Becka

The real Karate Kids!James and Becka both originally come from the U.K, and met through a passion for martial arts. James studied Japanese on the mainland and discovered Okinawa over 20 years ago! (Wow how old is that guy!?) Becka came to find the birthplace of karate in 2014, and never left after discovering how much this little island has to offer. They spend their days practising karate, and travelling around Okinawa discovering and sharing with their friends and visitors. Over the years, that has included some pretty famous people such as Anthony Bourdain who filmed his Parts Unknown series all around Okinawa with their help. Let them show you the history, the beauty, and the secrets of Okinawa!

James and Becka has been guiding since Jul 2011


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Okinawa with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Okinawa. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide’s hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Ruth L.

26 March 2021

James & Becka were so knowledgeable on the history of Hacksaw Ridge, Desmond Doss and Okinawa. It was a privilege to join them on their guided trip

Carol K.

26 March 2021

Poor connection often but good information.

veronica u.

26 March 2021

Loved the tour, thank you!

Joanne T.

25 March 2021

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour of a very historic site! James gave us a lot of important information about the war and the area. Though the internet connection was a little faulty, I hope my postcards came out alright. Both these guides always provide an enjoyable tour. I hope to get to Okinawa one day

Yasmin K.

25 March 2021

Brilliant tour of the Hacksaw Ridge site with James and Becka :) only downside was the audio due to the location it was quiet at times. But look forward to their future tours.


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