Gyokusendo Cave

Sightseeing information about Gyokusendo Cave in Japan.


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This limestone cave in the southernmost area of Okinawa's main island is 5km long, the second of its kind in Japan. Limestone pillars are formed abundantly here because of thick coral layers. The highlights are a huge rock, 20m wide and 2.5m tall, a ceiling hung with no less than 20,000 icicle-like formations, and a limestone curtain which took more than 100,000 years to shape itself.

A route of 850m is open to ordinary tourists, but in summer you can reserve for a guided tour with full-fledged spelunking gear - helmet, headlight, gloves and overalls. You will sometimes have to crawl the narrow opening and wade through water to explore rarely seen formations of limestone. Outside the cave, there are activities such as glass-making, cloth dying and dancing practice.

Purposethrilling,experience,nature,family,mysterious lands of Japan,sightseeing,major
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4.02 months ago

Brought the kids (4yo and 2yo) who loved it - it's a surprisingly long cave with some beautiful open caverns, waterfalls and pools of clear water. Don't need to rush to take photos as it's a long walk with plenty of opportunities. Wear shoes with grip and a hat is handy to bring as this cave is very moist with plenty of overhead dripping.

The price and experience is great. I only took off one star due to the amount of stalactites that have been cleanly sheared for overhead room - I know it's necessary for walking by by detracts from the 'natural' atmosphere.

4.02 weeks ago

The more I visited other caves the more this place stands out. If you only go into one cave in your life, this is an excellent choice. It’s memorable, it has other interesting attractions nearby, it’s good for kids and families. If you are looking for a caving adventure this is not it. Although they have good beer and a cool habu snake exhibit.

5.02 months ago

Highly recommended to spend half day slow walk through the cave and feel the amazing stones and rivers underneath. It’s still alive and keep growing since hundreds thousands years. Trail inside is very user friendly and clear to follow. Though little bit crowded sometimes, worth a deep exploring the nature earth.
Even more, it was shown there are fish, crabs, and shrimp still live inside the cave. Wonderful.
One more thing, the drum show is traditional one in Okinawa and a must to take look to.

5.02 weeks ago

Brought my nephews and niece. It was enjoyable. Lovely limestone cave. Variety of tropical fruits to buy and eat.

5.03 months ago

Caving tour inside of the Okinawa World is amazing experience if you want to try the absolute darkness) that was something I didn't expect! You never can experience this in the normal life, because even you close your eyes - some light is still there, around you. But inside of this cave you can see full darkness, with absolutely no light! AMAZING!

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