Seven caves that have been kept intact from the time of the Japanese colonization in Tambaknegara village, Rawalo sub district, will be prepared as a historical tourism site. “The Japanese used these caves as their first defense point,” said Banyumas Culture and Tourism Office staff, Deskart Djatmiko, yesterday.
The Japanese also built ditches to connect one cave to the other. The caves are of 12 meter deep. Some of their roofs are supported by teak wood. The caves were built on the hills to allow the Japanese to ambush their enemies. Edi Wahono, chairman of the Banyumas Tourism Society Group, said these Japanese caves, also called the kodo caves, will be transformed into a tourist area.