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
We guide this spot.
2.02 months ago
I was really hyped up for this. Little did I know the actual trip to the cave would take less than 5 minutes. We had waited outside for about 15 or 20 minutes. The entrance fee is quite reasonable but you get what you pay for.
The staff was very kind and explained everything so we would not get injured. They have stopped helmet and boot rentals so you should bring your own. Around the fall most of the ice has melted... so you should definitely keep that in mind when planning your trip.
Pregnant woman should not go, people who cannot walk well should not go, people who have heart conditions should not go... You should be healthy and in good condition to go here.
If there's a huge line skip it.
3.0a week ago
Kids enjoy it ! Doesn’t take much time to explore it.
We took combine tickets for ice cave and wind cave.
Around 350m walk from bus stop to the ice cave.
Some places it’s just 90-100cm tall .
4.02 months ago
Cold as expected and loads of fun. Try to get in as early as you can as there will be a long queue, although they move pretty quickly and are efficient. The caves get incredibly narrow so if you are claustrophobic I'd strongly suggest to sit this one out.
3.0a month ago
Bare in mind this rating is for before winter. Mid November, chilly but not too cold weather, the ice cave barely had ice, a few slabs in the middle, no stalactite or stalagmite. You need to almost crawl at places and it isn't that big; maybe 5 minutes, give or take, for a round trip from the entrance to the deepest layer.
5.0a month ago
Loved it! Ice was melted. Only have ice from jan to August I was told.
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