The Kamikaze Caves, also referred to as the Kamikaze Grottoes, are a series of tunnels along a trail from Lo So Shing to So Kwu Wan in Lamma Island. The caves were believed to have been dug out by occupying Japanese soldiers during the Second World War for defense purposes. The caves were said to have been used by Japanese troops as hiding places for their boats and ammunition that they deployed on suicide missions against Allied forces who has taken over Hong Kong.
The caves are dank, dark and a little spooky but remain to be among the more interesting sites in Lamma Island among tourists because of their historical significance and the many folk tales that inspired them. In one story, the caves were believed to have been dug by the Japanese themselves and that the soldiers later took their own lives in the caves.
In another tale, Japanese troops allegedly forced local Lamma Island folks to hallow out the tunnels from solid rock and then killed them to ensure secrecy.
The Kamikaze Caves can be reached by walking from Sok Kwu Wan ferry pier 2 across Sok Kwu Wan Main Street, then taking the Family Trail towards Yung Shue Wan and walk for about 15 minutes. Other nearby Lamma Island attractions include the Lamma Winds (Hong Kong’s first wind turbine), Sok Kwu Wan Mudflats, and the Tin Hau Temple at Yung Shue Wan.