These breathtaking cliffs on the north end of the island were sadly the site where many Japanese civilians and soldiers leaped into the sea, and to their deaths, rather than be captured by the U.S. Army after the Battle of Saipan. Nearby is the last command post of the Japanese during World War II, and a cliffside cave that once served as a bunker. It’s possible to walk through the cave as well as to see Japanese cannons and tanks around the property. The vistas from the top of the cliff are dramatic and stunning—you can often spot turtles swimming in the turquoise waters below.
By Paul Sullivan, AFAR Local Expert
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