Caverns/ Caves in Japan

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Caverns & Caves in Japan

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  • The-Farias
    Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany847 contributions
    Awesome place to come visit for snorkeling and or diving. Unseated is neat and you can really take in the beauty. There is also some cool tunnels to get into the cave. Watch out for all the tourists they have no situational awareness.

    Review was written January 2017 just saw it was saved as a draft
    Written January 4, 2022
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  • Hiro
    Meguro, Japan309 contributions
    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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  • TheJackeh
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada13 contributions
    After hanging out in "everybody is a busy-body" central Tokyo, it was a literal breath of fresh air to get into the countryside and view natural beauty. The caves are spectacular and cheap for admission (something like 700 yen). I felt genuinely nervous upon first entering, because it was very dark, quiet and eery, much like a horror movie. There are few visitors and you'll have most of the place to yourselves, for good or for bad. The cave has diverse formations which takes you up and down some pretty steep and narrow spots. You'll also at one point enter the main cavern, which is lit up with colorful spotlights and is stunningly surreal. The signs in Japanese divulge interesting tidbits of information about monks who would stay in the cave - there are a small number of small stone monuments dedicated to either monks or deities, which adds to the atmospheric feeling of the strange but wonderful. I found a kick out of how they named some of the passes "path to hell", "death mountain". It's all in Japanese and I hope it's just a joke.

    When you arrive at the nearest train station, you still have to take a bus ride. So train ride plus bus ride is a solid 3 hours travel time from Shinjuku station. I still felt it was worth the travel time. I had a lovely time sitting around old but cute train stations and viewing the Japanese mountain scenery. The bus ride from the station to the cave was interesting, as the road is a mountain road, narrow and at times fit only a single vehicle. To see how the bus, driver (plus conductor) navigated these stretches of road was amusing. The drivers, tour people at the station and everyone who I encountered were tremendously helpful, very kind, and not daunted by the fact that my Japanese was crude and simple. Your usual super pleasant countryside manners.

    My tips:
    1. Bring a light jacket, the cave is cool. You'll sweat at some of the steeper climbs, but you'll cool right down as soon as you rest.
    2. Visit the visitor's information house and request a discount 100 yen for entrance to the cave.
    3. Arrive early, so when you return home via the train station, small shops are still open for grub.
    4. Bring snacks (the bus ride is half hour long each way, you might spend an hour in the cave) as there is no food near the cave, which is in the middle of nowhere. But be respectful and don't eat in the cave.
    5. Don't visit if you are not fit.
    6. Wear sturdy shoes. Don't worry about most other attire, as there is no underwater section and you won't get wet.
    7. Check their seasonal opening dates. They have black-out dates when it's too dangerous, weather-wise to view the caves.
    Written March 8, 2019
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  • jay22200
    Honolulu, HI209 contributions
    This was my first time exploring a cave and it was fun! Great for the family! It had hills and areas that was cool to maneuver through! The walk is not that long so it is great for any age!
    Written June 25, 2022
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  • Takeshi H
    582 contributions
    Otaki cave is known as the largest class cave in Tokai region.
    But what interested me was another.
    It was wooden cable cars which bring visitors to the entrance.
    There's no other place in Japan where there're cable cars made of wood.

    If you have an ETC card, you can get 15% discount by showing it.
    It's also okay to show a web discount coupon which you can get on the official HP.
    Look for the words "鍾乳洞特別割引券発行中" and click it!

    When you buy a ticket, you'll get an Omikuji voucher;Omikuji means a paper fortune.
    You can draw Omikuji at the stall
    Unfortunately, the slips are only written in Japanese.
    In rough translation, the meanings are as follows

    大吉: excellent luck
    吉: good luck
    中吉: average good luck
    小吉: a little good luck
    凶: bad luck
    大凶:extremely bad luck

    When we visited there, it was very hot day, 36 degree Celsius.
    But the inside of the cave was so chilly and comfortable!
    The stalactites are academically valuable, so it's prohibited to touch them.

    To walk into the cave made me excited.
    The entrance and the exit are different.
    Therefore you have to descend by foot.
    I wish we were able to ride the cable car for return trip.
    Written June 18, 2016
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  • Daniel Yong
    Singapore, Singapore712 contributions
    Cost is 1200Yen per adult - average size limestone cave but I have been to better ones in Japan and other countries. Ryusendo and Utsonomiya are way bigger and better. Considering the distance travelled, I would probably miss this cave. Worth a visit if this is your first limestone cave experience.
    Written December 15, 2018
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  • maritora
    Tokyo Prefecture, Japan4,752 contributions
    This spot is far from any station, so you need a car or bus to reach it.
    The entrance fee costs 1000 yen per person. Business hours are from 8:30 to 17:00, and open everyday.
    It is one of the three largest caves in Japan, and its total length is over 3600m. We can walk 700m of the cave which roads have been mentenanced.
    The amount of water in the cave is so great that whole floor is wet, and cold clams fall from ceiling. I strongly recommend going with safe shoes and long sleves because the inside was so cold.
    The water color, called Dragon Blue, was amaging. It was a fantastic landscape illuminated by underwater lights. I heard that the most deep place has a 98m depth.
    There are many stairs on the way. It is up to nearly 300 levels, but there are some returning point fot those who are not confident with walking.
    Unlike common tourist caves, it is a spot where you can enjoy the limestone cave itself without too much flashy light ups.
    Written March 26, 2019
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  • Doai486
    44 contributions
    The cave network is quite extensive and there are some interesting shapes, shown off by a range of lighting.
    Written July 6, 2018
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  • Case M
    Aki, Japan7 contributions
    Great tourist spot on the east side of Aki City. There are tour guides occasionally that can go with you to the cave and tell you about the history (no English available). The guides are ï¿¥1000 per person in your group. It's not a very long cave, but there is a water fall at the end of the trail to reward you for your efforts. There is a parking lot across the road at the super K mart. You will need rain boots, but you can borrow some from the local Ioki community center. They don't have large sizes though, so bring your own if you have big feet.
    Written May 21, 2018
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  • Jo S
    Queenstown, New Zealand220 contributions
    We booked to go on this cave tour. We were okay to go with a Japanese guide as I know a little Japanese and we were a group of three adults, so not difficult to handle.
    There is an English speaking guide but he has to be available for a tour. It's normally 2 hours as you stop in the caves and learn things. It's not for the faint hearted there are ladders to climb up and down and spaces that are small to crawl through and water to go threw. We had a really great experience, the guide was as helpful as he could be with little English and the staff were helpful too.
    Written October 18, 2015
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  • Charlie S
    Victoria, Australia841 contributions
    There are very good information boards about the usage of this cave throughout the millenia. In addition, the relatively modern Shinto shrines are interesting.
    Written May 22, 2018
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  • JugemJugem
    386 contributions
    In Namihira district of Yomitan village, there is Chibichiri Gama cave in a corner of a forest that was fresh. A spring having a source flowed out in a village and made a small river and located in the place where it flowed into and it was named Chibichiri Gama from the meaning such as the place where river could cut buttocks.

    Chibichiri Gama cave is going down the stairs from the entrance on the side of the roadway because it is in the swamp.
    There are public toilet and parking in the neighborhood, but there are no guide boards or explanatory boards.

    There was a cenotaph in front of Chibichiri Gama cave, and many thousand paper cranes were dedicated.

    On April 1, 1954, the US militarylanded on the west coast of Okinawa near Yomitan village. It was this Chibichiri Gama cave that residents hid themselves in a fierce attack. "It will be slaughtered if captured by the American army." People who believed so, on April 2, they self-determined group. 85 people who died with this cave, children 3 years old and 5 years old were also included.

    In September 2017, the four young rascals pulled apart the strings of paper cranes inside Chibichiri Gama cave and destroyed mementos and signboards. The rascals were arrested for property damage and put on probation. The rascals made twelve Buddha statues for the penance and set the statues in the cave.

    I was able to verify eleven Buddha statues, but I could not find the twelfth statue.

    Chibichiri Gama cave is still a cemetery for those who were still sacrificed.
    You cannot enter inside Chibichiri Gama cave without permission of the bereaved party.
    Written February 25, 2018
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  • RyukyuMike
    Kin-cho, Japan959 contributions
    This was a cave I visited many years ago. I'll never forget, it was an experience of ducking, crawling, squeezing, and climbing, which made it a place you wouldn't want to visit again. Three of us were given a guided tour by a local resident. We left the cave exhausted and soaking wet! Recently, photos of the remodeled attraction (posted on social media), had me wanting to go back. IT is an enjoyable attraction these days. Now, stairways, handrails, and walkways make it easy to navigate. Being underground, there are spots where it can be wet and slippery at times so, sturdy walking shoes would be advisable. There are signs (English and Japanese) describing some of the interesting features and telling a brief history of the cavern.
    It's a great place for photography. Bring along a camera and tripod if, available. The place wasn't busy and plenty of time could be spent composing photos. Less than an hour will get you through the cave and, the total step count would be under 1,000. At the ticket office, pamphlets in English and Japanese are available. Restrooms are located near the parking area and hand sanitizer bottles are available for use at the cave's entrance and exit. Caves, in Okinawa, are always refreshingly cool during the summer months yet, warm in the winter.
    Written January 17, 2022
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