This cave in the Akiyoshidai Plateau is the largest limestone cave in Asia. With an average height of 30m, it stretches about 10km plastered all over with natural limestone, 1km of which is open to the public. The plateau was once a coral reef and has been gradually eroded by rainwater over millions of years, resulting in the landscape called karst topography.
The iconic spot here is Golden Pillar, a giant yellowish column with vertical streaks, 15m tall and 4m wide. Other types of natural carvings include numerous water-filled limestone terraces, cone-like pillars as large as 5m in diameter, and the vast ceiling of icicle-like formations. The underground river is flowing and you need a good pair of walking shoes. About 10 minutes on foot from the elevator exit, there is an observation deck to offer a good view of the plateau.
Airport/Sta.Fukuoka Airport (about 105.6km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.02 weeks ago
As I entered they warned us we had a long way to walk to get back from the exit, so we decided to just walk through the cave and back.
The caves had so many interesting things, like a mini-Mount Fuji, rice fields, and other formations like bundles of rice.
It was a relaxing place to be on a hot summer's day.
5.03 months ago
Please visit! The whole trip is amazing, from the scenic car ride to the old Japanese market place and the cave is amazing! Very beautiful area!
One word of advice though, wear comfortable shoes and be ready for a lot of walking if you want to explore the whole cave it can take more than an hour of just walking without stopping. (A lot of stairs too)
5.0a month ago
Whoa this place is amazing! If you have a foreign passport it's 700 yen and totally worth it. Definitely start at this entrance . This half is way cooler and has a great atmosphere entering the cave. Only downside I think is the annoying green lights on the speaking information stands. It ruins the visual ambiance. and they're a bit annoying when they are talking also but mostly it's the visual distraction
5.0a month ago
A great way to spend a few hours. The caves don't necessarily have the most spectacular stalagmites but the whole experience is quite unique. Great lighting and a surprising microclimate. Bring your tripod!
5.04 weeks ago
The most beautiful place I have seen in Japan so far. Really loved it. I want to go back there.