|The photo on the left is the starting point of the Kampong Trail along Hindhede Drive, just before the Nature Reserves Visitor Centre. The trail will bring you through Pandan Trail, Rifle Range Trail, Nangka Trail, Durain Loop, Rifle Range Link, Golf Link, Sime Road Pillbox Historic Site and Sime Road Camp and will end at MacRitchie Reservoir.
Buried in the dense jungle of the MacRitchie Catchment Area are the ruins of Syonan Jinja, a Japanese Shinto shrine dating back to World War II. Built to commemorate Japanese soldiers who died fighting in the invasion of Singapore. Syonan Jinja was the location of many Japanese religious and cultural ceremonies. The original structure, built during the Japanese Occupation (1942-5), was a temple with no walls. Raised from the ground by a stone platform graduated with a few steps, the sloping temple roof rested on pillars that stood at regular intervals round the perimeter of the platform. It is believed that during rituals, worshippers would drink from a huge granite ceremonial fountain located outside the shrine.
A Shinto ceremony took place here every New Year's Day for the few years that the shrine existed. Syonan Jinja was destroyed when the Japanese Occupation ended in 1945 Crumbling granite steps that once led to the shrine are visible, as well as the stone fountain. Of the temple building itself, there is a low stone wall that runs one length of the building and several square pits in the ground that probably once supported pillars.
Today, remnants of the shrine are covered by jungle vegetation. As it is no longer accessible, Syonan Jinja is best seen through old photographs and drawings by the Japanese military as well as the POWs who helped build the shrine.
(The above text was from the storyboard at Sime Road & Lornie Road junction)
The whole trail will take you about four hours. There are maps along the Trail. From Bukit Timah, turn right at Sime Road and walk all the way in (see map below). Before you come to the Island Country Club entrance, on your left, you will see a Pillbox Historic Site. After that, back track and after Sime Park Hill road, the next left road bend, on your right is where the Old Site of Sime Road Camp, here you will not see any storyboard. Back to Lornie Road junction, on your right you will see two storyboard:- 1) Sime Road Camp and 2) Syonan Jinja.