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Akiyoshi Limestone Cave
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Mine
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We went in July and it was surprisingly chilly in the shade and in the cave. The street leading up to the cave is lined with gift shops, restaurants, and street vendors. The cave itself is huge, well-lit, and has plenty of signs in both Japanese and English. Our children (8 and 6 at the time) really liked it.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Akiyoshido cave is the largest cave system in all of Japan, and one of the largest in all of Asia. The bus ride there from the station is really rough, especially because you are riding a small bus on a road that has a lot of turns. If you get carsick easily, bring something to help with that. I didn't, and regretted it. Getting there takes about 45 minutes from the JR Yamaguchi station via bus. The bus doesn't come that frequently so be sure to check the schedule so that you're not stuck at the station waiting.

Akiyoshido is a great place to go during summer, because the caves area always a cool 17 degrees Celcius. If you are looking for a great, natural place to escape the summer heat and humidity, this is the place. There is the option of going "spelunking" if you pay a fee of 300 yen. You grab a flashlight and you can climb to a higher point in the cave and get up real close to the roof of the cave. Even on a crowded day, one can still appreciate the vast ness.

Walking through the entire cave takes about 2 hours, and there is an option of taking an elevator up to the Akiyoshi Observatory area in the middle of the caves as well. I would definitely recommend it to anybody for a quick day trip.

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Reviewed February 29, 2012

This is probably one of the largest cavern systems in Asian, that will take a couple of hours to go through, if taking your time. When it is not raining, you can hike the surface and view the karst plateau. This in itself may take an entire day. There are no trees here, therefore sun covering and sun protective lotion is mandatory. We accessed the Karst plateau via the underground cavern system to the end and took the elevator to the surface. Should note that there are different routes to the elevators. One will take you to a parking lot with a number of tourist traps on the surface, and the other will take you to the Karst Plateau. As for a photographer, there is a lot of subject matter underground and on the surface, therefore it may be best to bring along a tripod. The cave system is somewhat damp. In our case we were quite comfortable wearing short sleeved shirts and long pants. No Jacket.
There are numerous places where you can grab a bite to eat prior to entering the cave system prior to paying the admission fee, and on the surface at the Karst Plateau near the observation deck.
How to get there: from the Yamaguchi JR Station take the JR Bus to Akiyoshi Do. If you have a JR Rail pass, the bus charge is covered by the pass.
Admission is 1,200 yen per adult, and with the JR Rail pass there is also a discount on the admission price.

Would I recommend this attraction: Yes, this is the second time for us, the first time it rained all day and was quite foggy.
Would we return: Very unlikely as this was our second stint here, this time no rain, no fog, therefore we were able to appreciate the topside view and hiking trails. Though I would consider a return trip sometime in the very distant future. They have made numerous changes over the years.

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