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“Not worth visiting at all”
Review of Japanese Tunnel

Japanese Tunnel
Reviewed March 16, 2013

I think this is the most disappointing place I have visited in Davao, this place is way to overrated and in my eyes not worth more than 5 minutes, and only if one has special interest in the war.

1  Thank 466Neo
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

this is a short tunnel discovered by road workers while digging the place. A tunnel built during the Japanese time. all you could see here are replicas. it became like a museum. maybe I have appreciated the place when they left something original like a buddha or japanese guns/phones/utensils used during the old times

2  Thank arwen_31
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

We're glad we tried to visit this place on our last night at Davao. We enjoyed the tour inside the tunnel. It gave us a feel of history. A learning experience.

1  Thank balmix_turistas
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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...

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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.

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