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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1.02 weeks 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!
4.02 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.
1.03 weeks 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!
3.02 weeks ago
Another cute cave
As it's sister cave (Wind Cave) the Ice cave is cute and small. As it name says, there's ice inside, so it's cold. Not the most exciting cave ever, but if you're in the area, it's worth. It's just 1km away from the Wind cave, so you can walk from one to the other and enjoy the forest.
4.02 months ago
Interesting...but the whole excursion was a bit too short. I recommend starting here first than walking to the wind cave, not the other round like we did. The rest area at the wind cave is better.
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