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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5.04 weeks ago
Really cool natural sight on the edge of Aokigahara. The ice was much more plentiful than I expected, and I went on one of the hottest days of August. The cave gets pretty narrow at points (90cm/ ~3 ft), so you’ll need to do some crouching, and the cave is wet from the ice . Wear shoes with good traction, and you’ll have a great time. They close around 5:00pm, so try to get there early. It’s not particularly deep, so the excursion will take about 10-15 minutes in total
4.02 months ago
Its a wonderful place to visit if it is a first time visit to a cave.
Very hard to pass through. It seems there are few artificial ices also.
Ticket fee is 350 yen and parking is free.
3.010 months 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.
3.04 months ago
A small cave where a tall person would need to crawl for a couple meters. Had few icycles that were half melted. A minor attraction.
4.012 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.
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