Genbudo Park
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CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan1,526 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Pretty awesome!!

Basalt columns, 1.6 million years old. You get dizzy looking up from the base of the column face.

The route is designed to view the five caves from right to left. Frankly speaking, the two on the far right are incredible, impressive, amazing (insert whatever adjective you want) but as you go left, they are not that impressive.

This is not a site to visit if you have mobility issues. There are no ramps, the pathways are rough cobblestones which you need to climb. Be warned, there are many steps. If you go after rain, the stones are very slick and slippery.

Free parking below, across the street at the museum, and the third parking lot is located by the riverbank.

While we probably never go back, it was worth going once.
Written December 9, 2020
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MCTung
Hong Kong118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We had to wait two hours for the right train and the Kinosaki Tourist Centre recommended us to rent a bike and ride to the Genbudo Park. It was a relaxing ride that took about 20 mins.
It was a easy walk from the parking space to the park. The information booth gave us some information about the rock formation and the history of the Genbudo, educational for both adults and children.
Had mixed feelings seeing the Genbudo, as the park could have been a natural wonder or world-class heritage if not having been mined in the past. But on the other hand, the rocks have helped Kinosaki to become a beautiful town (e.g. the bridge was built with rocks mined from Genbudo, not allowed anymore).
Written November 7, 2019
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Hi MCTung, We're grateful for your comment. We hope that you enjoyed your time in Kinosaki. Thank you for the astute observation regarding the past mining of the Genbudo caves. In 1925, Kinosaki suffered a massive earthquake and fire which devastated the area and caused a much needed renovation, as the then-standing architecture was burnt to the ground. The rocks helped us rebuild our town to its former glory and have allowed us to continue to thrive. Although it is a shame that the caves were not left untouched, they did help preserve the town and its history! As you mentioned, this practice has been outlawed since 1931 when it was designated a national natural monument. Kinosaki and Toyooka City as a whole are committed to environmental protection. One of our biggest conservation projects is the restoration of the Oriental White Stork species from near extinction, through organic farming methods. If you are interested in learning more, we have a wildlife research institution called the Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork which details this mission and houses several storks in captivity.
Written December 3, 2019
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henrybhudson
Kyotango, Japan31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Site for the hexagonal basalt columns in Japan. Friendly staff will explain the geology. In Japanese, basalt is called Gembudo, and was named after this site.
Written June 19, 2019
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Hi henrybhudson, Thank you for your comment! We hope that you had a great time. Yes, we have English-speaking staff at the Genbudo Cave Park to explain its history and geology. There is also a facility nearby which contains information about how basalt and volcanoes are formed in English. Additionally, if you are interested, there is also a museum across the street with fascinating displays on rare rocks, minerals, and ancient fossils.
Written December 3, 2019
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Oboke
Singapore, Singapore102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
We arrived too early and cannot check in the hotel. At the suggest from one of the staff at the tourist information center, we took a taxi to take a look at this geological wonder. I can only say that it is worth the trip. The rocks run parallel to each other with a fixed formation.
Written March 2, 2017
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Dear MokCP, We appreciate your review. And thank you very much for extending your journey to Genbudo Park. We are very glad to know you enjoyed the wonders of nature. With its five caves, Genbudo Park is designated as one of the valuable geological assets of the San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark. We hope to see you again.
Written March 28, 2017
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LuciaLEUNG
Hong Kong, China98 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
From Kinosaki Onsen to Genbudo Park is just 1 station away. Before arrive there, be sure to make a reservation for boat to Genbudo where is at the opposite side of the river. 300yen/pax.
Written October 17, 2014
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Erica R
Yabu, Japan9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
The volunteers we met walking up to the main cave were so friendly. They showed us where we could find English pamphlets with information about the GeoParks and offered to give us a free tour of the caves with explanations. We got some beautiful pictures of the columns and the surrounding landscapes. This is definitely a side trip you want to take if you're visiting the area.
Written May 12, 2014
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Mariik
Rugby, UK119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
What a lovely place to go to. Whilst the caves are man made or specifically of what's left over after the locals removed large quantity of stones for river banks and home foundations the natural stone formation that has been created by the volcanos are quite spectacular.

We stayed in Kinosaki for a few days and hired bikes to cycle over, it's about 30 minutes on a bike. It's best to get the map from the cycle hire place and not the Tourist Information centre. The route is pretty straight forward and has a very beautiful views of the river and hills.

By the par there is a shop, cafe, lavatories, and information about the caves in quite a few different languages. We spent about an hour in the park!

It really is beautiful and peaceful place.
Written December 31, 2015
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robinsena
Orange County, CA210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Many people refer to Genbudo Park as Genbudo Cave, which is technically true, but since you can't enter the cave and the rest of the landmarks are rock formations, it's better to think of this place as a park. Having said that, it's a nice 1-2 hour respite from Kinosaki, especially if you're trying to kill time during the day.

We got to Genbudo by using a bus pass from Kinosaki (you can buy this at the Visitor Center by the train station). We told the Visitor Center reps that we wanted to go to Genbudo and they called in a reservation for us with the boat, as you need a boat to get to the park (if you're not doing the long walk or driving via car). The bus drops you off at the side of this fast country road where near the shore of lake someone will be waiting for you to take you across to the park. About 600 yen round-trip.

The visit took us under an hour to see the formations. I'm not a rock enthusiast but the formations were very impressive and interesting looking. There are displays in English to explain the history of the formations. It was dusk when we left and they were starting to put out lanterns near the walkways - must be very pretty in the evening.

TIP: If using the bus please be very aggressive when flagging down the bus heading back to Kinosaki. We had a bus driver who outright skipped our stop. Thankfully, there is a JR Train station right behind the bus stop and you can opt to take that instead back to Kinosaki. Didn't cost much - I believe it was under 2 USD if I remember correctly.

I would go if you have extra time and enjoy scenic nature, but if you're on limited time and prefer luxury I'd stick around Kinosaki.
Written November 24, 2015
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kobekko
Kobe93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
“Genbugan” rock is the Japanese name for basalt, which is ratger common rock worldwide, and which is formed from ancient volcanic activities. However, some formations show distinctive structural characteristics. Perhaps the best known example of such distinctive basalt formation is Giant Causeway in Northern Ireland, or Tojinbo in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. This park features a similar rock formation, with a unique twist. While the above two sites feature straight column formation, the park’s columns are twisted and turned by later geological forces. The end-result is a distinctive visual wonder of complex shapes and patterns of basalt.
The park is accessible by JR San-in Line, and it is a worthy additional destination for those who come to enjoy Kinosaki hot-spring town, or those visitors to San’in Kaigan Geopark Area that stretches along the Japan Sea coast of Kyoto, Hyogo and Tottori prefectures. The entrance to the park is free, but that to the adjacent museum, where one can find an interesting collection of characteristic rocks, minerals, and fossils from all corners of the world, is not.
Written November 13, 2015
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miguelitosql
Valencia, Spain14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
Only four kilometres away - around one hour - from Kinosaki, it's just a a walk away and you'll enjoy beautiful caves with hexagon-shaped columns.

A quite nice ways to do some light sports and visit the home of 'Gen San'.
Written March 2, 2015
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