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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1.0in the last week
Way overhyped tourist trap!
They don't post here when they close for a week for maintenance, and they're closed from now to mid month. Regardless of when you read this or if they are open, skip it.
You go down some ladders and rock steps (that yes, can be steep/slippery/low clearance but aren't that tough or long for a relatively able bodied person, even with some joint pain) and there is a heap of ice maybe a couple meters tall behind a tall fence. Then you exit out the same way you entered. If you've ever seen frozen water before, the time would be better spent on a walk in the nearby forest and I'm sure you can find better uses for the money.
5.02 months ago
Inexpensive and short hike for a good reward. You get to experience a small Japanese monument for 600 JPY for both wind and ice cave. Dress appropriately! It's cold in the caves (around 0C) in the fall. I'd also recommend trying the corn soft serve ice cream. They suggest adding a but of salt to the dessert for a different flavour (I tried it and it tasted like butter popcorn suddenly).
5.02 months ago
A little crowded, but also efficient in that respect. I liked the addition of the blue light illuminating the ice. Very informative. With english translations of pretty much everything.
5.02 months ago
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...
3.03 weeks ago
Went during fall, so the ice wasn't that abundant. It was cold and definitely not hardcore caving. Quick in and out experience
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