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“Background history is important”
Review of Japanese Cave

Japanese Cave
Ranked #4 of 31 things to do in Bukittinggi
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Grimstad, Norway
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197 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Background history is important”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Goa Jepang stored sad stories where Indonesian workers should work day and night with a very little food to fulfill Japanese ambitions during short colonization in Indonesia, to build this cave/tunnels. However if you just go into it without hear the story, things looked not so special. But if you take a guided tour, you will understand the reason, the role of this cave and all stories behind it. I did it in the second try when entering this cave. The total length is supposedly more than 1000 km, but the original plan, the total length of the tunnels should be more than 5000 km. I think the cave is still improved,because some historical part will be preserved e.g. room for ammunition. If you are afraid of long tunnel, narrow places and darkness, don't go inside. In short it is worth going inside when you are sure someone can tell the story, so having a guide is recommended. But, I was not sure when we could get guide who speak English, because when we were there, only Indonesian-speak guides were available. Some end of tunnels toward the valley are open, designed for hiding and escaping, and has a beautiful scenery.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank Dian H
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English first
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“scary place”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

it's an old historical place, where many skeleteons were burried there and the local says that it's still haunted till now.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank fatma n
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