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
Airport/Sta.Naha Airport (about 12.3km) Google Transit
4.0in the last week
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.
5.03 weeks 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.
5.0a month ago
What an incredible beauty of nature! I have visited many lime stone cave but this one was stunning. The way Japan maintained the cave is really something which should be follow by other countries. On the walkway they managed those sharpe corner very nicely. Also it gives you a opportunity to observe how these stones grows. In a year these stones grows 3mm. The water colour inside cave was another super beauty.
After you finish the cave there are some traditional shop and people are making those things live there. It's also a way to show the living of tribal people of this small island.
5.02 months ago
I like caves personally. I have only been to a handful but this one had a good variety of cave bacon, stalagmites and stalactites, and other various attractions including wildlife, so keep aware and you'll spot them! It was very long so plan accordingly. I wish I could've done the advanced cave tour but perhaps another time. With Okinawa world plan a whole day for the cave and other attractions. I was a little sad that it seemed many stalactites were missing. Perhaps from guests wanting a souvenir or perhaps to make way for the pathway but please be respectful to all other guests and the beautiful environment for all to enjoy and to preserve the beauty.
5.0a week ago
This underground cave is a testimony for the wonders of the nature. Thousands limestone pillars are still "growing" on the coral reef after 300 thousands years. In the past I have been several caves alike around the globe. Yet, MHO this one is well preserved and easily access for the general public.(about hundred steps down to the underground trail is required, at the exit an escalator is provided)
Gyoku Sendo cave is a must visit spot when you visit Okinawa.