buga buga hills

Located in Villaba, Leyte - Mountain stronghold of General Suzuki where thousands of Japanese soldiers died defending the area and hundreds of American lives were sacrificed in the assault to capture this hill during World War II; frequently visited by big Japanese memorial tour groups and bone hunting expedition and object of pilgrimage by domestic and foreign tourists.

The mountains and forests of Villaba are higher with grassy hills. During World War II, many Japanese soldiers came to these mountains of Villaba to counter-attack and likewise to defend themselves.

The Japanese called these mountains as Leyte Fuji or Calbukos or Canquipot. These same mountains are known to the local people as “Buga-buga” which is also famous in Japanese written histories of Leyte War.