Narusawa Ice Cave4.1
This lava cave in the Aokigahara woodland in the north foot Mount Fuji is known as a 'natural refrigerator'. The cave was formed by the eruption of a nearby volcano in the 9th century and the inner reach of the cave has a year-round temperature of 0 to 3 degrees Celsius. The steep stairs down 20m underground shows ice pillars and frozen ponds. The best seasons are in the spring and summer.
During the 17-19th centuries, the ice cut out and preserved in the cave was sent over 150km to the Shogun castle in Tokyo. In the early 20th century, this hole was also used to preserve seeds and silkworms. It is a pretty small cave that can be toured in 15 minutes, but you need caution as the steps are wet and slippery.
Purposesurreal&cool,thrilling,experience,nature,kids,mountain climbing,haunted places,mysterious lands of Japan,men,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Shizuoka Airport (about 87.6km) Google Transit
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5.0in the last week
Affordable and very interesting to see. Can stop by passing through for a quick tour. This will not take more than 30 minutes so the price is right. I went in shorts and a light jacket. Don't need to bring winter clothes for it...
5.0a month ago
This is a very interesting and beautiful place and really worth the visit, especially if you fit in the other surrounding caves to make it a cave day. It's not very big but it's pretty good BUT, check the traffic conditions before setting off here because in the August holiday period there is huge traffic congestion issues of at least 8 miles starting from the cave and stretching east along Route 139. The lane to the cave was gridlocked for hours. I was on a motorcycle and able to get through but if you're in a car or coach... you've had it! Anyway, it's a good place.
2.02 months ago
It is an almost natural cave. The entrance is nice. Going down into the cave.
But inside it is very simple. No ice pillars. There are normal supermarket purchased ice blocks to represent what it may look like during some period of the year.
From the outside I expected much more.
Not amusing at all.
5.0a month ago
Not for the weak. Need strong feet and arms. That reminds me of Thai boys cave rescue. A little scary with the strong down pour during the visit but was worth it!
5.03 months ago
This place was really neat! Found some really cool looking Banshee tulips. The ice cave was amazing and the forest right next to it was so serene. There were huge groups of Japanese natives walking around everywhere. They really enjoy being there and they are also very kind to Americans. There was a DO NOT ENTER portion on the trail.
Spot Reviews (1)
Whenever I guide the guests to Mt. Fuji, I never fail to guide them to this Ice Cave. All the guests get excited in the exploration of this cold cave. It takes about 15~20 minutes to complete the tour inside the cave.
Whenever I guide the guests to Mt. Fuji, I never fail to guide them to this Ice Cave. All the guests get excited in the exploration of this cold cave. It takes about 15~20 minutes to complete the tour inside the cave.Read moreClose