Now open in the Cty of Ilagan, Isabela – the ILAGAN JAPANESE TUNNEL in Barangay Santo Tomas: a village that lets visitors travel back to the Japanese period.
The barangay of Santo Tomas in Ilagan City in Isabela has been largely known for its public cemetery and dump site. Prior to its development, the tunnel was prohibited to the public, until it was thought of being converted into a tourist spot. With its opening, local officials and residents expect the current image of Santo Tomas to change.
Tourists and locals alike can now experience a taste of Japan in the northern part of the country as numerous ‘torii’ or traditional Japanese gates are being erected here where a World War II tunnel has been developed into a new tourist attraction
The tunnel was discovered years back by students who used to play hide and seek here. The Japanese War Tunnel used to be the hideout and garrison of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.