Zaban City (ザバン()()()()()()()()()(), Zaban-shi) was the preliminary site of the 287th Hunter Exam. Described as a prosperous city, the streets are subsequently filled with shady dealers and scam artists.[1] The city is known for being home to Johness the Dissector, a serial killer who maimed 146 victims with his bare hands.[2]

Underground TunnelEdit

Tunnel 3

405 applicants gathered in the tunnel

A large tunnel was built 100 stories underneath Zaban City and can only be accessed through a secret entrance located in the Tsubashi Street (ツバシ()(ちょう)()()()()()()()(), Tsubashi-chō—lit. Tsubashi District).[1] It leads directly to the Numere Wetlands. The passage is more than 80 kilometers long.[3] It is mostly flat, but more than halfway through it goes into a series of stairs. Pipes line the ceiling of the tunnel.[4]


Tunnel 2

Stairs leading to the entrance of Numere Wetlands

  • In the 1999 anime series, the underground tunnel has several forks that lead to shortcuts. However, the shortcuts are lined with a hallucinogenic cedar with a special smell. Tonpa takes Leorio and Nicholas to that tunnel in order to ruin their chances of passing the exam.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 5
  2. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 3, Chapter 21
  3. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 7
  4. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 6
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Episode 7 (1999)