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D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao

D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao © Jojie Alcantara

D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao © Jojie Alcantara

D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao

After World War II, the legend of the Yamashita treasure seduced many treasure hunters to Davao, particularly in Mintal, Tugbok District (now declared as the Japanese Heritage Site of the City), where hiding places for the war loots were supposedly buried deep underground within numerous foxholes and crisscrossing tunnels built by soldiers and prisoners of war.

D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao © Jojie Alcantara

D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao © Jojie Alcantara

D’ Japanese Tunnel Family Resort and Restaurant along Hillcrest Subdivision, Diversion Road in Matina Balusong. Owned by the Lim family, the manmade hideout said to be built in 1942 and accidentally discovered during the national highway’s construction in the 60s has now expanded into a family hotel and restaurant with a swimming pool for kids.

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.

D' Japanese Tunnel  © Jojie Alcantara

Jojie inside the D’ Japanese Tunnel

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.

D' Japanese Tunnel prison cells  © Jojie Alcantara

D’ Japanese Tunnel prison cells © Jojie Alcantara

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.

The tunnel is open between 9am until 8pm daily. Hotel room rates vary from P900 (single) up to P3960 (suite), while they have function rooms open for events. For inquiry and bookings, email djapanesetunnel@ymail.com or find them on Facebook.

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