Akiyoshido

Akiyoshido, Mine: Hours, Address, Akiyoshido Reviews: 4.5/5

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Akiyoshidō cave , a special national treasure, is one of the largest limestone caves in the country. It is filled with geographically precious objects such as gigantic stalagmites, rimstones like terraced rice fields, and many others. The cave started forming a million years ago and you will be fascinated with the visible history of the earth. Enjoy it thoroughly by viewing and photographing. You will walk through the cave comfortably as the temperature stays 17 ℃ throughout a year. You can go directly up to the Akiyoshidai Plateau from the elevator located in the middle of the cave.
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1-2 hours
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Hiro
Meguro, Japan308 contributions
凄い景色の鍾乳洞 Huge cave with incredible view
Mar 2021
山口市への出張時、空き時間ができたのでこれ幸いと訪問。知識では知っていたが、初訪問でした。

最初は展望台へ行ったものの、寒い中10分以上歩く気にはなれず、クルマで中間地点のエレベーターがある場所へ移動。地下80mだった筈だが、平日ということもあり一人でエレベーターに乗って下がっていくのはスリリングな経験だった。

到着してからの景色は更に貴重な体験で、ここまで大きな鍾乳洞は無論、出来上がるまでの歴史を彷彿させる数々の芸術的な岩や堆積物には感動する。機会があれば、家族にも見せたい場所である。

Visited there when I had time during biz trip to Yamaguchi city, then it was definitely unforgettable experience in my life. I strongly recommend you to have a look in case you have time when you are in Yamaguchi city.

I came to view facility first, however I didn’t want to walk more thank 10 min in cold climate to get there, move to the central location of the cave by car, went down around 80m by the quiet elevator without anyone to get the cave.

After arriving the cave, the view was incredible like pics and showing us the long long history from artistic rocks and sediments. Also surprised with falls and rivers sawing underground. If we have an opportunity to go around there, I’d like to take my family to experiment there.
Written March 14, 2021
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Matan Katz
Jerusalem, Israel196 contributions
Beautiful cave in country side Japan
Nov 2019
The cave is beautiful and very visitor-friendly with audio explanations in English, Japanese and chinese. It's nice to spend some time there although it's not a very "Japanese" authentic experience. It has a nice shopping and dining street leading into it though.
Written January 24, 2020
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JJMC
Singapore, Singapore2,291 contributions
Into the unknown
Nov 2019
This is Japan’s largest cave system, located some distance away from Yamaguchi. There are buses that operate between Yamaguchi and here; note that I am referring to the JR buses only, which are covered by JR Rail Passes. There are other buses that shuttle between the cave and Shin-Yamaguchi, but those are not covered by the pass. Admission fee to the cave was 1,300 yen per adult. I started from the main Akiyoshido main entrance. This one is the one with the wheelchair access at the start of the route, but lesser features. The journey is also “upwards”, i.e. more steps going up. Entry from the other entrance (sorry I forgot the name) leads you straight down to more concentrated limestone features and generally progresses downwards. There is also an elevator entrance/exit some midway through the cave. Overall it was quite an interesting experience, one that needs a fair bit of physicality, but was surprisingly not crowded at all. They do provide plenty of benches inside the cave for you to stop and take a breather if necessary as well.
Written December 10, 2019
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georgematthews
Bangor, UK355 contributions
pleasant walk through
Oct 2019
It is 1 km from one end to the other so leave yourself enough time if you have a coach to catch. We only had an hour to get to and from the coach park which was not long enough. There are over 100 steps to the 700m mark some easier than others. It is about 17degrees inside which is not particularly cold. There are some beautiful parts but not up to the Nz glow worm caves standards.
Written October 11, 2019
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7DCJ7
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
Cold and mysterious cave
Jun 2019 • Family
The tourist board has just removed the discounted fare of 700 yen for foreigner starting April 2019.

We felt the entrance fee of 1200 yen per adult and 950 yen for lower elementary student is high.

Take note there were many ascending steps and walking. It is wet, very dim and cold inside the cave.

Restroom is only available at the exit to Akiyoshidai plain. Get young children to visit restroom before entering however even they did go, one of our kids needs to go again before we were anywhere near the exit to Akiyoshidai plain... it was quite stressful and we literally rushed through the cave towards the exit to Akiyoshidai plain for restroom.

We didn't re-enter to visit those spots we rushed through due to time constraint as we need to catch the hourly buses from Akiyoshidai bus stop back to the interchange at tourist information center.

A kind local tourist bus driver who we checked with him about Akiyoshidai bus stop location actually offerred to drive us back to the interchange. As he knew that we had just missed the hourly bus.

We are very thankful and touched by that kind gesture.
Written July 6, 2019
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Avin N
Robina, Australia395 contributions
Cold, dark and eerie...amazing!!
Apr 2019 • Couples
Did a day trip to Akiyoshido from Hikari with some reservations. But after the trip we decided this was one of the best things we did on our 3 week driving trip to Japan.

The walk is dark and wet but ultimately the caves are fantastically eerie. Loved every second of our walk through the caves. Wear shoes with grip. We saw a girl with heels who struggled massively. Saw another guy fall flat on his bum. So footwear needs to be good.

Information about the cave formation is provided throughout the walk.

A definite if you are in Mine region of Western Honshu.
Written May 20, 2019
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Carol
Izumo, Japan7 contributions
Cold and dark cave
May 2019 • Couples
If you are near, you should go. A cold and dark cave w/ a waterfall, but that’s it. Seeing photos it’s look more interesting!
Written May 2, 2019
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Jungoma
Osaka, Japan79 contributions
Blue basin
Mar 2019 • Couples
Before you enter the Akiyoshido,you will find a blue basin. If you are lucky,you can find some fishes in the basin. Inside of the Akiyoshido is very wide and dark. But some lights are making the atmosphere good.
Written April 2, 2019
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Jae P
Minneapolis, MN13 contributions
Akiyoshido Cave
Feb 2019
The cave was pretty interesting. I'd skip the Akiyoshido plateau as there wasn't a lot to see in February and it looked like there was a fire on the plateau. Perhaps in spring or summer, it would be worth it to visit the plateau.
Written February 18, 2019
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Travelove58
11,093 contributions
Mysterious cave , long walk, lots of ascends.....
Dec 2018 • Family
We have been to different types of caves in Korea & Poland . Although they are not exactly the same, certain characteristics are.

As with any caves; this one is very huge, mysteriously quiet & very dark inside except for the pathway lightings. Being inside the cave is like being in another world of its own.
Can be scary if you are the only people around ( just like us). Thoughts like what if there is an earthquake now or an accident; & one gets trapped deep in the cave- in total darkness & isolation, indefinitely. It can happen.

A point to note is there are many ascends & descends as one moves along the long journey- just as in any caves. It is very physically demanding at times, dangerous too at certain points due slippery floors, bad uneven footpaths or insufficient lights at certain points. We experienced all these in varying degrees in all the caves we visited.

In my opinion, I strongly do NOT advise visits to caves for those who are physically weak or disadvantaged, young children & elderly ( unless they are very prepared to take risks).

This cave is very huge, so be prepared for long walk, do many ascends & descends & spend a long time inside here. You will come to a junction which split into 2 ways.

The left path leads to another very long path with more ascend/walk & ended up in another entry/exit point.

The right one is shorter & leads to a lift, which goes very high up & leads to the beautiful Karst Plateau right up the mountain top ( then one realised then how deep under you are underground!)

Recommend to try the left path & then backtrack to split junction & proceed to the right path. This way, you see all.

Warning, it is very tiring!
Written December 25, 2018
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