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
It is one beautiful cave in Japan, lots of spot point make us stunning. every step in the cave, I really enjoy the different forms of limestone. The lighting in the cave is ok, but not good in any spots. Some part is slippery, please beware!!
However, it is my good memory here.
5.02 weeks ago
This tour way a lot of fun and exciting. The staff was very knowledgeable on the site specifics.
5.0a month ago
It was amazing to see. As expected it was slippery inside without hand railing on some stairs. I would definitely go back.
5.03 months ago
We visited this cave during 2015 World Scout Jamboree. It was amazing to see all the spaces, stalagmites, stalagtites, and other cave formations. We will add more photos. Akiyoshido Cave.
5.0a year ago
Gorgeous and 100% worth the trip and visit if you’re in Yamaguchi!!!
Such a neat, movie-like experience you won’t soon forget!
Lots of walking required - definitely suggest wearing comfortable shoes with good grip as it tends to be a tad slippery.
In all, the caves are about 1 KM from start to finish! Even if it’s raining outside you can still enjoy the experience! Plenty of parking available, and there’s a bus that runs from one side to the other!