Visiting Japanese Bunker or Tunnel Bukittinggi

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Ready to Go to Japanese Bunker or Tunnel Bukittinggi

Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely want a smooth trip, comfortable accommodation, cheap hotels, good food, cheap plane tickets, close to everywhere, and can rent a motorbike or car.


In Japanese Bunker or Tunnel Bukittinggi, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.

In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.

Japanese bunker or Japanese tunnel or Lobang Jepang or Lubang Jepang or Lubang Japang, is an underground military complex, which is now one of the historical tourist attraction in the city of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra.

The Japanese tunnel is a protection tunnel built by the Japanese occupying army around 1942 for defense purposes, which was fully completed in June, 1944.

It was first discovered in the early 1950s and opened to the tourists in 1994. As is known, during World War II in 1942 Japanese occupied force had begun to be pressured by Allied forces, and started to construct many hiding tunnels across the archipelago of then Dutch East Indies , not only in Bukittinggi, but also in cities of Bandung and Biak, as well as other places in Indonesia.

The Japanese bunker in the town of Bukittinggi was built by Indonesians under forced labor for the Japanese soldiers who occupied Indonesia from 1942 to 1945.

This 1,470 meter long underground bunker is 40 meters below Ngarai Sianok (Sianok canyon).

The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.

The environment is also well maintained.


Visiting Japanese Bunker or Tunnel Bukittinggi, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.

There are 21 tunnels in the bunker which were used to store ammunition, as residences, meeting rooms, the Romusha (forced labourer) dining room, kitchen, prison, hearing room, torture room, espionage room, ambush room, and the escape gate.

Exploring this complex burrow of tunnels and caves is a real adventure.

You can see how these this place made an effective fortress. The tunnels are three meters in diameter and have walls so thick that sounds cannot be heard from the outside.

The tunnels cover a vast area, nearly two hectares, and have six doors. One door is located in Panorama Park while others access Sianok village in the Ngarai Sianok ravine.

The Japanese bunker is located at Panorama Park in Bukittinggi. Visitors may stay in hotels with proper facilities down town. Visitors can also walk from their hotels to this park.

Walking down into the Japanese bunker can be a challenge with some narrow spaces to squeeze through. While originally it would’ve been very dark and cold these tunnels today now have lamps and proper ventilation.

Most of these tunnels will soon have rooms to display photographs, a museum of struggle, and a mini theater. At the entrance gate, visitors can see a map of this bunker and each tunnel now has information boards about its functions. This bunker also has CCTV cameras.

In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.


The journey to Japanese Bunker or Tunnel Bukittinggi  is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.

The entrance to the Japanese bunker is located in Panorama Park, where you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ngarai Sianok.

This Park is about 1 km away from the Bukittinggi city center. Visitors can use private cars or bendi/sado/andong (public carriage) from the city center to this Park while enjoying the cool air of Bukittinggi.

From Minangkabau international airport in Padang, you can take a rented car or minibus to Bukittinggi. You can find the minibus at the exit gate of the airport at Simpang Ketaping. Distance from Padang to Bukittinggi is 90 km.

The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.

We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.


In Japanese Bunker or Tunnel Bukittinggi, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), Money Changer, ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.

If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).

In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.


Finding place to stay in Japanese Bunker or Tunnel Bukittinggi is very easy. We can stay at home stays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.

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Experience and Reviews

There are already many visitors have visited Japanese Bunker or Tunnel Bukittinggi, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.

So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.

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That’s all the information we provided, hopefully useful.

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