HomeBlogs Japanese Bunker 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). 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
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
entrance to the Japanese bunker is located in Panorama Park, where you
can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ngarai Sianok.
is about 1 km away from the Bukittinggi city center. Visitors can use
private cars or sado/andong (public carriage) from the city center to
this Park while enjoying the cool air of Bukittinggi.
Minangkabau international airport, 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
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.
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.
To Do 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.
it is located within Bukittinggi city, visitors can choose hotels with
appropriate facilities downtown so they could walk to Panorama park.
To Eat West Sumatra is famous for its spicy and fragrant Padang cuisine. Panorama Park has only a few stores selling food and drinks. Outside this area, there are restaurants selling Kapau rice.