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.

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4.0in the last week

Visited on April 2019. The route starts with cave with impressive natural creation and good spots to visit. Walk takes around 25-40 minutes to the exit. Recommend to visit once. This place is such impressive, but a bit long walk.

5.0a week ago

Beautiful cave. Very safe to walk through but quite humid.
Underground water looks so clear and clean.

4.03 months ago

Nice cave and surrounding cultural village next to a snake museum. A group ticket gets entrance to all 3 attractions. You can get a 10% discount if you get the tickets from Lawson shops along the way. Expect to walk fair bit.

4.03 weeks ago

Worth a visit. Very warm and humid inside so don't wear too much thick clothes.
值得一遊。

4.06 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.

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