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“historical” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Japanese Tunnel

Japanese Tunnel
Naturephilippine. Com | Ma-a, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines
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Ranked #21 of 39 Attractions in Davao City
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Hastings
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“historical”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Must say that whilst there is a lot of history associated with the tunnels - they are too short & seem too commercialized...

Visited February 2012
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English first
Davao City, Davao City, Philippines
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Excellent Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Although it's true that this tunnel is rather short, there's a lot of history packed into this tunnel system. This tunnel was "discovered" in 1960 during the construction of Diversion Road. Lots of skeletons of both Japanese soldiers and Filipinos prisoners were found at this tunnel. In fact, many skeletons still exist in the tunnels but are off limits to tourists. A priest or pastor comes to the tunnel once a month to pray over the souls lost during WW II. American soldiers during WW II sealed off the entrances to the tunnel system for the Japanese to die by suffocation since they did not want to surrender. A replica of a golden Buddha can be found in the tunnels. The gold in the tunnel was worth millions of dollars which was taken by Ferdinand Marcos when he was still in power. There's also a small cage which is about the size of the trunk of a mid-size car that was used to place between 6-10 Filipino prisoners who were left to die for being non-cooperative with Japanese soldiers. An original wooden table and original shell casings and weapons can be found in the tunnel. At the time of the discovery of the tunnel system, the tunnels extend to Mt Apo for about 85 km, 65 km to Samal Island, 17 km to Malagos and 5 km to NCCC Mall. However, these tunnels are now off-limits. During WW II they had sleeping quarters, a medical clinic, an ammunition point and headquarters for Japanese officers. Again, although the tunnel available for tourists is quite short, there's a lot of history packed into this tunnel system and it is definitely worth a visit.

Visited November 2012
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Davao City, Philippines
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23 attraction reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Short tunnel but amazing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Our visit there was a very short one because the tunnel is only 150 meters because the management closed the other tunnels coz it collapsed. But the short tour was amazing because there is history about the place, how the Filipino slaves suffered under the hands of the Japanese invaders during World War II. Sometimes, it feels good to learn more about our history.

Visited November 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Worth the view, certainly for anyone interested in WWII”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Its good for what it is, but other than the tunnel itself (seen one seen em all) there's nothing to write home about. As someone very interested in WWII history I'm pleased I saw it, but to standard tourists I'd not suggest its worth going out of your way for. The appointed guide (made available upon my arrival) was knowledgeable and friendly. Its very wet at times (dripping from above and therefore underfoot also) so I wouldn't recommend you wear your Sunday best down there!

Visited November 2012
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Davao
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“Slightly interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Expected more of this place but was a little dissapointed. Arrived at the tunnel and was shown to hotel reception where we had to wait for about 30minutes for a guide. Eventually someone did turn up and we were take outside to the tunnel entrance with high hopes of an exciting tour. The gate to the tunnel opened and some bats flew out on cue,I started to take some photo's but the guide insisted that she was the one to take the pictures and took my camera. Once inside the tunnel the roof got lower and the guides patter in broken English got a bit boring, the tunnel is practically straight all the way and only maybe 80 yards long with a few displays of the Japanesse occupation on the way. This place is ok but expected more.

Visited December 2011
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