Narusawa Ice Cave

Sightseeing information about Narusawa Ice Cave in Japan.


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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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3.03 weeks ago

This is a day trip to visit the ice cave. We love it. It's pretty interesting. Like the walking inside the cave. The admission price is reasonable.
They provide us Boots to change ..also giving little new socks for hygiene reason before putting our feet in the boots. A few areas we have to hold on to the stair rails to walk up. I find it pretty adventurous. go to visit if you're around the area Kawaguchiko 河口湖.

1.0a month ago

This is not a place suitable for elderly, children and people with medical conditions and tall people. The cave is so narrow and slippery. The stairs can be slippery and steep. Those without good stamina will be in for a shock. Once you are in that narrow cave, you can only proceed and there no turning back. Despite how much you don't like to squeeze your body forward through crawling, you have to go forward. Do take care of safety if you really want to proceed. The final destination is to see a piece of ice. Not worth at all!

3.0a week ago

OK, it is a cave with ice: that makes it an ice cave. Does that make it a reason to visit? Well, since you are close by the majestic mount Fuji, I don't think that escape down under which lasts 10mn is really worth the drive away from the view you came in the first place. It is nice, a very narrow passage (90cm height) requires some flexibility : in my books, it isn't really a stop you got to make.

4.03 months ago

A very unique experience. The tunnels can very narrow and hard to make your way through but worth it. They offer hard hats/helmets which I'd recommend. I wore one and didn't bump my head until the very end and I was happy I was wearing one. The gift shop offered interesting items and souvenirs for sale.

1.0a month ago

If I could give this a negative rating I would. Absolutely the biggest waste of time and money. It looks nothing like the pictures. Every bit of ice is man made. They literally make a bunch of ice bricks then bring them into this cave, make a couple half walls with them and shine a blue light on it. I went during winter so it's not because it was warm. Whoever says this is a must see or gave this place a 4 or 5 star is either getting paid or nuts. Massive disappointment!

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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.

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