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Explore Japan’s caves and limestone caves! - Kyushu region

2017.08.17

The beauty of the stalactites has been created and spread underground over a long period of time. Limestone caves are great gifts from nature, and certainly worth seeing while you are in Japan. This time, we will introduce tourist’s limestone caves dotted in Kyushu region.

Accessible from Nagasaki or Sasebo – “Nanatsugama Limestone Cave” (Saika, Nagasaki)

Accessible from Nagasaki or Sasebo – “Nanatsugama Limestone Cave” (Saika, Nagasaki)
Accessible from Nagasaki or Sasebo – “Nanatsugama Limestone Cave” (Saika, Nagasaki)2
Nanatsugama Limestone Cave, located in Saikai city next to Nagasaki and Sasebo cities is the only limestone cave in Nagasaki prefecture. This was created by the geological strata of 30 million years ago raised and calcareous sandstone eroded in water. It is designated as a national nature treasure from the rarity value of that era and geology. The total extension is more than 1,600m, and about 320m is opened to the public as a tourist cave.

“Nanatsugama Limestone Cave”
●2541-1, Saikaicho Nakaurakitago, Saikai-shi, Nagasaki Prefecture
●0959-33-2303
http://www.saikaicity.jp/cave/
●Open 9:00 -18:00 (last admission 17:30), from October to March 9:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
●Admission fee: Adults 510 yen, Junior high school students 300 yen, Elementary school students 200 yen, Infants 100 yen
●Closed: During New Year’s holiday

Underground palace polished by venerable water -- “Inazumisuichu Limestone Cave” (Bungoono - Oita)

Underground palace polished by venerable water -- “Inazumisuichu Limestone Cave” (Bungoono - Oita)
Underground palace polished by venerable water -- “Inazumisuichu Limestone Cave” (Bungoono - Oita) 2
Underground palace polished by venerable water -- “Inazumisuichu Limestone Cave” (Bungoono - Oita) 3
This is the Japan's largest underwater limestone cave, located in Bungoono, southern part of Oita prefecture, between Oita and Aso. After the cave formed once was submerged, then partially drained. Under the passage, there is still an abyss that exceeds 40m depth.

Underground palace polished by venerable water -- “Inazumisuichu Limestone Cave” (Bungoono - Oita) 4
Underground palace polished by venerable water -- “Inazumisuichu Limestone Cave” (Bungoono - Oita) 5
There are many sightseeing facilities around, such as the 22m height of Inazumi Shoryu Kannon, and “Showa Time Trip Roman-za” which reproduced Japan's appearance of the Showa 30's.

“Inazumi Suichu Limistone Cave”
●300, Oazanakatsuru, Miemachi, Bungoono-shi, Oita Prefecture
●0974-26-2468
http://www.inazumi.com/
●Open 9:00 – 17:00 (Business hours will be extended in summer season)
● Admission fee: Adults 1,200 yen, College students 1,000 yen, Junior high and high school students 800 yen, from 4 year-old to Elementary school students 600 yen
●Open year-round

A large limestone cave hidden in a coral island – “Shoryu Cave" (Okinoerabujima Island, Kagoshima)

A large limestone cave hidden in a coral island – “Shoryu Cave" (Okinoerabujima Island, Kagoshima)
A large limestone cave hidden in a coral island – “Shoryu Cave" (Okinoerabujima Island, Kagoshima)2
A large limestone cave hidden in a coral island – “Shoryu Cave" (Okinoerabujima Island, Kagoshima)3
A large limestone cave hidden in a coral island – “Shoryu Cave" (Okinoerabujima Island, Kagoshima)4
A large limestone cave hidden in a coral island – “Shoryu Cave" (Okinoerabujima Island, Kagoshima)5
Okinoerabujima Island is one of the Amami Islands dotted between Kyushu and Okinawa. The island was created by raised coral reefs. There are about 300 limestone caves on the island. Especially, Shoryu Cave is 3,500m length overall, and 600m of them is maintained as a sightseeing cave. Flowstone here was made by groundwater over many years and is one of the largest in Japan. For souvenirs, local specialty products such as brown sugar shochu (distilled spirits) and mango processed products are recommended.

“Shoryu Cave”
●1520, Oazasumiyoshi, Chinacho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture
●0997-93-4536
http://www.okinoerabujima.info/pdf/guidemap-en.pdf
●Open 9:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
●Admission fee: 1,100 yen, Elementary and junior high school students 550 yen, 4 - 5 years old: 220 yen
●Open year-round

*The above information was last updated on July 21, 2017. For more details, please contact each facility directly.

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