Discover the Historic Japanese Tunnels of Baguio
How to get to the Japanese Tunnels of Baguio
The main entrance of the tunnel is located at the Botanical Garden and stretches to parts of Barangay Pacdal, Outlook Drive, and The Mansion in Romulo Drive.
The history of the Philippines during WWII is not exactly fun and pleasant thing to consider. However, it’s a part of our history and learning from it is part of being Filipino. Now there’s one more interesting part of that history that curious travelers can now explore.
At the Baguio Botanical Garden, the 150-meter Japanese tunnel walkway has been opened to the public. It’s a fascinating place to go and the entrance in the Botanical Garden is just the beginning.
Exits from the Japanese Tunnel Walk at Baguio’s Botanical Garden include Outlook Drive, the Presidential Mansion, and parts of Barangay Pacdal. The Japanese-Filipino Community has taken it upon themselves to turn the Garden into an attraction, open to public viewing of the beautifully cared for grounds.
The Japanese Tunnel Walk is just the latest addition, funded in part by the Japanese-Filipino Community, and completed with quality lighting so the Tunnel itself is safe for visitors. The tunnels were even widened and cleared a bit to ensure safety.
The world over, tunnels built by people are a fascination for visitors. There are the catacombs under Paris and the tunnels under Edinburgh, among others. The ideas behind the underground worlds are often nefarious or creepy, and let’s be honest, it’s fun to explore creepy things.
The Japanese Tunnel Walk is no exception. Despite the bright lighting and clear walkway, it’s hard not to think of the reasons for the building of a secret and secure tunnel between the garden and other areas of Baguio City. Creepy, indeed.
The Japanese Tunnel Walk is narrow, in a very narrow arch shape with just barely space for two people to stand side-by-side. It’s tall enough overhead that you don’t have to bend over, but not much taller. Building the tunnel must have been hard work.
For people who like to get away from it all and enjoy Baguio City, this is the newest and most interesting tourist opportunity around. Residents and tourists alike are coming out to see the newly opened tunnel. Not only is it unique and a part of our history, it’s also completely free to the public.
If you want to take a walk through the Japanese Tunnel, you need to show up between 8am and 5pm because they don’t allow night walks – at least, not yet. Unless you want to explore a completely different world… Now that would be spooky.