Rokando

Rokando, Sumita-cho: Address, Phone Number, Rokando Reviews: 4.5/5

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mt188
By mt188
hidden gem
Jun 2017
On a hot July day, a friend who lives in the area suggested we visit this cave that he had not been to in decades. It was a perfect excursion! While we drove, there is the nearby Kamiarisu station. The cave seems to always have the same temperature (about 55F) regardless out the outside weather, so bring appropriate clothing. The staff will provide a windbreaker, boots and hard hat. It is essential to wear at least the hard hat and boots. The path is about 800 m, and takes you through narrow and steep passages. At the end is a nice water fall, then there is the return trip along the same trail that you will need to share with those going in the opposite direction. While most of the visitors seemed to be Japanese (read, petite and agile), taller and/or larger Westerners could potentially have some trouble, as there are a few stretches that are quite low where you might have to crouch (which I did, but I am a little over 5 ft tall myself) or crawl on all fours (so maybe also pack some gloves if you go on a cold day?). The sign warns that this is not a good trail for people with cardiac, respiratory or certain orthopedic problems, and this is probably sage advice. Yet, it is a ton of fun. The trip to the end of the trail is about 45 minutes, so allot about 1,5 hours total time. Afterwards, save your appetite for the nagashi soba restaurant across the street where you can get zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles served on a plate and dipped into a sauce) served to you from a bamboo pipe.

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Casey M
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A jewel at the end of the cave
Jan 2017 • Couples
My partner and I looked for something interesting to do on a rest day, we found Rokando limestone cave and decided to give it a try the following day. That night after making the decision we were awoken to a gentle rocking of our beds, you guessed it, an earthquake that lasted at least a minute. This didn't dampen our plans but it made us more aware of the risks. The location is a little remote and a car is required, after getting geared up into gum boots and a helmet we headed across the walk bridge for the entrance. At 6ft tall I was immediately at a disadvantage crouching through the small arched tunnel. After seeing a sleeping bat we headed down the 700 metres past fallen boulders from earthquakes, under formations and underground streams. There we saw the amazing waterfall with enhanced lighting, took selfies and headed back. cave is well lit and path clearly marked.
Written December 30, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mt188
San Francisco, CA257 contributions
hidden gem
Jun 2017 • Family
On a hot July day, a friend who lives in the area suggested we visit this cave that he had not been to in decades. It was a perfect excursion! While we drove, there is the nearby Kamiarisu station. The cave seems to always have the same temperature (about 55F) regardless out the outside weather, so bring appropriate clothing. The staff will provide a windbreaker, boots and hard hat. It is essential to wear at least the hard hat and boots. The path is about 800 m, and takes you through narrow and steep passages. At the end is a nice water fall, then there is the return trip along the same trail that you will need to share with those going in the opposite direction. While most of the visitors seemed to be Japanese (read, petite and agile), taller and/or larger Westerners could potentially have some trouble, as there are a few stretches that are quite low where you might have to crouch (which I did, but I am a little over 5 ft tall myself) or crawl on all fours (so maybe also pack some gloves if you go on a cold day?). The sign warns that this is not a good trail for people with cardiac, respiratory or certain orthopedic problems, and this is probably sage advice. Yet, it is a ton of fun. The trip to the end of the trail is about 45 minutes, so allot about 1,5 hours total time. Afterwards, save your appetite for the nagashi soba restaurant across the street where you can get zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles served on a plate and dipped into a sauce) served to you from a bamboo pipe.
Written July 24, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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