“Akiyoshido” in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture is one of Japan ‘s three major limestone caves, and it is the largest scale cave in Japan. It is a limestone cave located 100 meters to 200 meters underground of the Karst plateau “Akiyoshidai” spreading east of Mine City. About 1 kilometer sightseeing road is open for general tourism, boasting the largest scale in Japan as a limestone cave. It is located in Akiyoshidai Quasi-national Park and is designated as a special natural treasure of the country.
Akiyoshido has long been popular with locals as “Takiana” (hole of the fall). Since
around 1907, British George Edward Luckman Gauntlett explored and investigated the inside of the cave, so it was introduced to overseas as well. It was designated as a natural treasure of the country in 1918 and has been carefully protected. And in 1926 the Emperor Showa visited and given the present name “Akiyoshido”.
Akiyoshido has an entrance height of 20 meters, a width of 8 meters, and the length of the whole cave is over 10 kilometers. The inside of the cave is about 40 meters wide, the ceiling height is about 15 meters, the length you can observe is about 1,000 meters. It is divided into two, main cave and branch cave, branch cave is open for sightseeing, the back of main cave is submerged. Many of the stalactites that you can see in Akiyoshido are as beautiful as sculptures. Each is given a name associated with the shape, among them “Hyakumai-zara” (100 plates) and “Kogane-bashira” (golden pillar) are also famous worldwide. “Hyakumai-zara” has a limestone like a staircase, “Kogane-bashira” is a huge limestone column with a height of 15 meters, it is also a symbol of Akiyoshido.
Akiyoshidai, where spreads out in the eastern part in Mine-shi, Yamaguchi, is one of the largest karst plateaus in Japan, and stalactite caves can be seen in various places of it.
The Akiyoshido, which spread out under the Akiyoshidai exposing white limestone, is regarded the largest of its kind in the Orient. It is said that the total extension of it is more than 10 km, and the main cave being just like underground palace and Kurotani-shido (sub cave) is open to the public.
The sightseeing course is 1 km, but you can take a walk without getting tired because the atmosphere that stalactite and the stalagmite is expressed variously.
Inside of the cave in which the temperature is always around 17 degrees celsius, there is a lot of highlight like “Hyakumai-zara” (“100 pieces of plates”) which seemed to look like several pieces of plates, “Kogane-bashira” (“gold pillar”) which is a huge stalactite pillar for 15m in height, “Kasa-zukushi” (“full of umbrellas”), “Ao-tenjo” (“Blue ceiling”), “Gohyaku Rakan” (“the Five Hundred Disciples of the Buddha”).
Many stalactite caves are designated Natural Monument, among them; only Akiyoshido has been appointed to “Special Natural Monument”, and protected by the Cultural Properties Protection Law.
It is the mysterious space where you will forget you are in the real world.
|Name:||Akiyoshido (Akiyoshi Stalactite Cave)|
|Adresse:||Shuhochoakiyoshi Mine, Yamaguchi 754-0511 Japan|
|Access:||JR Sanyo-shikansen Line “Shinyamaguchi-eki Station” (45 minutes by Bus)|
|Tel:||(+81) 837-62-0304 (Mine Municipal Tourism Department)|
|Price/Charge:||1,200 yen (Adult)
1,200 yen (High School)
950 yen (Jr. High)
600 yen (Elementary)
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