Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel
The series of tunnel networks connected to each other that were built and used by the Japanese, also known as Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel, has become one of North Batan’s most visited spots.
This remarkable tunnel tells one of the stories of abuses during World War Two — because of the strategic location of Batanes, locals were forced by Japanese soldiers to build a tunnel in Tukon hills to serve as their shelter. Inside this enclosure, tourists can find different spaces — 4 main rooms, an improvised water reservoir, a guard post, and a bunker — and 5 pathways leading to Taytay and Tukon. The entire tunnel is quite short compared to others, but as you walk its dark halls, you’ll get a glimpse of the Ivatan’s hardships and resilience in times of great danger.
Dinpaysupuan Japanese Tunnel is located at Basco, Batanes.
Opening Days and Hours
The tunnel is open to visitors from 8:00 to 16:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance is free. If traveling DIY, you will need an authorized tour guide to enter. Rate starts at PhP 1,500 (USD 30).
How to Get There
- From Manila to Basco, Batanes via Philippine Airlines or SkyJet.
- From the airport, avail of the tricycle tour and ask to make a stop at Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Suggested duration is between one to one and a half hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit the tunnel is during the early morning, between 8:00 to 11:00.
Tours provide lunch to groups. Those who plan to eat in Basco Town proper can dine in Jino’s, Beehan’s Meal and Snack, Phil’s Brew, Octagon Bed and Dine, and BikSaFrappe.
- Valugan Boulder Beach
- Tukon Church
- Chawa Viewdeck
Different homestays and inns are available at the Basco Town proper. Troy’s Lodge and Marfil’s Inn are among the most popular in the area. Rates range from PhP 500-700 (USD 10-14).
Good to Know
Make sure that you avail of an authorised tour guide. Unauthorised guides are not allowed to enter for safety and security purposes.