Location: Rubeshibecho Kanehana, Kitami, Hokkaido Prefecture 091-0021
This tunnel is famous for being built under appalling conditions and harsh labour. It was constructed in 1914.
The 1968 Tokachi-Oki earthquake damaged the surface of the tunnel. While undergoing repairs the remains of human bodies were found standing upright in the walls. A large number of human bones were found near the entrance as well. Damage due to violence could be seen in some of the bones.
From this people realised the rumours that “human pillars were buried in the Joumon Tunnel” were true.
It seemed that the people who collapsed while working on the tunnel at the time didn’t receive any medical treatment and were simply buried alive.
The bones of up to 500 people were found. While the word “hitobashira” (human pillar) is often thrown around with various ghost tunnels there is only one confirmed to actually exist and it’s Joumon Tunnel.
In 1980 a memorial stone was built for the victims of the Joumon Tunnel construction.