Japanese Tunnel

Attraction AH26, Talomo, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippin Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
04:00 PM
06:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Family
Historic
Kids
Architecture
0.02 USD

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Japanese Tunnel is ideally located in the prime touristic area of Davao City Center. D'Japanese Tunnel Family Resort promises a relaxing and wonderful visit.

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Why Japanese Tunnel is special ?

Along the Diversion Road in Davao City, there is a Japanese tunnel that dates back during the World War II. The tunnel was carved out of the hilly section of Matina Balusong, west of the city by Davao Prisoners of War in 1942. The tunnel was used by the Japanese as a hide-out, and as a means of transporting their equipment and mobilizing their forces against the American liberating army. It was accidentally discovered by the owners of the land while constructing a hotel. They were excavating the area when they uncovered damp passageways and rooms underneath the land, and soon discovered that those were tunnels used by the Japanese soldiers during the war.


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What to explore at Japanese Tunnel?

Many stories curiously thrive about this tunnel, which officially opened in 2001. It is said to have connecting underground passageways to Samal Island, the foothill of Mount Apo and other areas. For now though, only 300 meters of damp underpass is readily accessible to the tourists, at a P50 entrance fee for adults and P20 for children. The rest of the long tunnel is blocked off.
With a tourist guide, you are led to a dimly lit entrance that opens wide but narrows as you go further inside the tunnel. History is recounted of Filipinos kept in tiny prison cells, as well as cubicles for quarters, ammunition compartment, meetings, secret routes and storage for goods and weaponry.
In the late afternoon, mist would form inside the passageway because trickling water on walls and ceilings are coming from a cold stream that passes through a canal and a well. The trip may be short but the female guide was engaging, relating other stories where cameras of visitors captured other-worldly experiences and orb sightings. Disappointingly, nothing came out of my camera. She suggested we come back by sunset, when the atmosphere gets interestingly creepier.

Selling points

  • Historically intersting place
  • Interesting World War 2 history
  • The Best Experience in Davao City
  • Tourist spot
  • Worth the side trip
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
92.39 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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AH26, Talomo, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippin

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  • There is a restaurant on site
    Food
  • Don't forget to set your cameras to night mode.
    Photography
  • If you have plenty of time to avoid the tour rush during afternoons
    Timming
  • Bring the kids here for a swim
    Things to do
  • Try swimming early in the morning, they usually change their pool water so its clean.
    Experience
  • Good place to visit if you are interested in history.
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  • It is good for family outing because of its facilities where the kids can have a good time
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bring the kids here for a swim

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For sightseeing. Pictures.

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A memorial tunnel for our filipino heroes during the japanese regime.

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...they don't have spoon for ABC, they gave us soup bowl to mix the food instead. The restaurant has so-so food. Good people, terrible system.

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As you enter, you’ll immediately feel a change in temperature and ambience. It’s dank, wet, and a bit chilly. Water is dripping from the ceiling, and gushing through the small side canals. It’s...

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its good for family outing . because of its facilities where the kids can have a good time. i love the pool with those big sized kids stuff . hotel room is also divine. there are stuff the family members can do while at stay. the tunnel is amazing .

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I really wanted to see this tunnel having read the book "escape from davao" and it is a real eye-opener. Not something made up for tourists but something with meaning and history. Once inside, I could imagine what this tunnel was really used for - my mind was in awe. Wish we could have gone further in though, but still, it is worth seeing.

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This tunnel was discovered 30-40- years after WWll ended when a new highway was being constructed. The tunnel is an example of the types of tunnels the Japanese built all over the Pacific at that time. It is low ceiling ed as the Japanese soldier was small in stature. It has gun storage rooms and various other rooms related to war. It is of historical interest to those into history. It is damp. There is a restaurant on site.

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its good for family outing . because of its facilities where the kids can have a good time. i love the pool with those big sized kids stuff . hotel room is also divine. there are stuff the family members can do while at stay. the tunnel is amazing .

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You’ve got to try here. It is nice in here. They can cater your needs-like foods while having fun in the pool.

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