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Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory

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Address: Akiyoshidai, Shuhocho Akiyoshi, Mine 754-0511, Yamaguchi Prefecture
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Recommend to visit in Spring or Fall

A wonderful view of a large karst plateau, but because it's a plateau, if you're not so interested in topography, just passing through there by car may satisfy you. It seems... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 24, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

A wonderful view of a large karst plateau, but because it's a plateau, if you're not so interested in topography, just passing through there by car may satisfy you. It seems hard to find a nice shade of a tree, I recommend to go there in Spring or in Fall.

Thank きょうとっこ
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

If you're done with the cave and need something else to do, have a walk around the area and check out the karst formations. It was nice but I've seen more spectacular views elsewhere in Japan. I do think I saw a bear in the distance though!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016

Interesting place to hike around. I probably wasn't supposed to, but I took my bicycle out and nobody stopped me. Granted, I didn't see any signs saying I couldn't do that either.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

Huge and amazing karst landscape in this area. There are actually hiking trails all the way across the landscape but be prepared to spend a few hours since the area is pretty big. Feels nice and quiet in the middle of the plateau, which also offers a stunning view.

Thank TimothySoh2015
Kunitachi, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2014

we got here around 3 pm in Oct,spreading just over the hill, filled with green grass and limestone rocks. Being able to see 360degrees,limestones are like sheep are eating grasses.fittable for a prety woman standing and taking pictures.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

Free of charge, but 20min (by car) away from nearest train station (Mine Station). Either go by car or by bus. Bus schedule and fares can be found here: http://english.karusuto.com/html/access/ The observatory gives a beautiful view of the Akiyoshidai. The mountain range seems to go on and on. And depending on the time of year, it will have a different... More 

Thank lithiumbass
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

If you are going to the caves take some time to go up top to the observatory and look over the Karst Landscape. Very dramatic and affecting

Thank Mike H
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2012

This observation deck provides a panoramic view of the Karst Plateau, with a map pinpointing what you are viewing.

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