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
Airport/Sta.Naha Airport (about 12.3km) Google Transit

Reviews

5.02 weeks 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

It’s over my expectations. Plan to stay for less then 2 hours but stayed for almost 4 hours! Lots of fun stuff for you to explore here. It has a snake museum (Habu Museum Park) next to Gyoku Sendo. Lots of parking space. You can visit the Cave cafe on the opposite side of the road, could be a great place to visit in the hot summer days.

4.04 weeks ago

Nice and beautiful cave in Okinawa, not too far from the airport.
The walk inside is about a quick 15 minute walk, but make sure to wear sneakers since the steel floor tiles are quite slippery with water dripping from the stalactite.
Unfortunately there are quite a few signs with names of the natural sculptures, which I think kill great photo points.
The facility around it is also nice, with a few traditional Japanese activities to participate in.

1.0a month ago

This place is a real cheat. Been to many limestone caves in the world but never seen one so badly managed and fake. Structures are leaking water and wet floor everywhere, poorly ventilated, allow pictures and touching or the stones. Not worth the visit and the entrance fee.

5.02 months ago

Very fun for the whole family. The underground limestone cavern is amazing. Okinawa world located within the park is a great insight in to everything Okinawa. Make sure to try Dr. Fish!

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