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.
5.02 weeks ago
Awesome experience of underground lava cave consisting of well maintained walk ways with plenty of lighting and ventilation systems. Must see attraction around the mount fuji area. Staff is also friendly and helpful. Some places has narrow clearances and slippery surfaces. But there is free helmet rental for cave entrance ticket purchasers.
2.03 weeks ago
Don't expect much natural ice. There were many bricks of man-made ice and virtually no natural formations, though maybe they would be more impressive in late January/February. Essentially just a big cave that you quite literally have to crawl through because it is very narrow at places. Interesting from a geological perspective but not particularly exciting.
4.03 weeks ago
A nice place for a quick visit. The cave exploration is interesting but rather short (approx. 5-10mins). There are some ice blocks in the cave but nothing big. Great for a quick stop and tour.
3.03 weeks ago
The cave was surprising small. Just one round around the cave and you're done. Took us about 5-10mins to complete the route and there wasn't anything spectacular inside.
If you're planning to pair a visit to the ice cave with the wind cave, it would be worthwhile to visit the ice cave. But a visit to just the ice cave is not worth the journey.
5.0a week ago
Short trip in the cave, but the natural is magnificent! The other wind cave is within walking distance. Should visit there as well
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