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Ryusendo Limestone Cave

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Address: 1-1 Iwaizumiaza, Kaminari, Shimohei-gun, Iwaizumi-cho 027-0501 , Iwate Prefecture
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A nice and short trip

Went here during a sunny summer afternoon. Inside very cool; the stalagmites are not that impressive to my opinion but the water is fantastic. The lakes inside have almost an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2016
Yi Wei C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Went here during a sunny summer afternoon. Inside very cool; the stalagmites are not that impressive to my opinion but the water is fantastic. The lakes inside have almost an otherworldly feel.

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Thank Yi Wei C
Morioka, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Be sure to bring your camera to catch the beautiful colors and interesting patterns as you descend into this cave, which has easy access for most travelers, young and old.

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Rohtak, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Wonderful cool place ! Natural water tasty to drink ! Really it was a great experience visiting Ryusendo in Iwate JAPAN !

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Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Comparing with Postojna Cave, it's small but you can feel more unwrought condition. There are 2 cave eantrance. One is for touristic cave, the other is for reserch. Inside is almostly 10 ℃, no rental clothing. You have to go up & down the stairs. Don't forget to wear walking shoes.

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Hampton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful cave tour. Make sure you wear/bring a sweatshirt! It's cold in there. You go pretty deep into the caves. There are some spots with small spaces. The lights they use are a neat addition to the beauty of the place.

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Thank Lauren C
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Ryusendo cave is over 5 kilometers long, making it one of the largest caves in Japan. It is well lit, with a very clear, albeit winding path, that lets you explore about a fifth of the length. The cave itself is beautiful, but the real draw is the underground lake located in the path towards the back of the public... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Only one word to describe - Nature at its best. Located about 120Km from Morioka. Took the JR Tohuku Bus,took about 2.15minutes to reach the caves. Entry is about 1000¥. One of the largest cave system in the world. Has a underground river with three subterranean lakes. Very well preserved. need to be careful about your head. Can be bit... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Rode the JR bus from Morioka using our JR passes and enjoyed the scenery along the way. The cave entry is only 1000 yen. Most of the cave is fairly level, but you do have to watch your head. Rushing stream is beautifully lit up, as are the quiet lakes. Rainy weather may have added to the dripping ceiling. When... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

This cave, regarded as one of the 3 largest limestone caves in Japan was quite a surprise. Like many caves, a river pours out at the mouth of the cave. The surprise is that unlike many limestone caves there is no central chamber. Rather the cave is a series of 'corridors', for the most part following the flow of the... More 

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Culver City CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

An amazing cave with an underground lake. Beautiful stalactites that are lit up to emphasize their shapes and shadows. There are a lot of steep stairs throughout the cave so wear good shoes. There is a second cave across the road that shows the scientific work being done at the cave. Outside the main cave is a water spout with... More 

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