“Makido Stalactite Cave” in Niimi City, Okayama Prefecture, became a natural monument designated by Okayama Prefecture in 1957. It is a very well-known place among the many Okayama prefecture’s limestone caves. There are also sights such as “Senmai-da” (thousand rice fields) which is said to make a wish come true by throwing coins, and “Fountain of lover” which is exciting for a minor gimmick. It is also known as the location of “Yatsuhaka Mura” (Japanese Village of the Eight Tombs), an old suspense movie in Japan.
Makido Stalactite Cave was said to have been discovered in the late Edo period, when a hunter was pursuing a raccoon, and has been known for a long time. In 1954, a passionate poet Tekkan YOSANO and Akiko YOSANO couple visited this place and was named “Makido” which means oddly filled cave, named after the place name “Maki”.
Also in Niimi city “Ikurado Stalactite Cave” is also famous here. However, Ikurado Stalactite Cave has many stairs and there is a difference in elevation. Compared to that, Makido Stalactite Cave has few ups and downs. And the total length is 450 meters, it can be said that it is affordable to view. It will be about 30 minutes of sightseeing in time.
In the limestone cave, you can observe various stalactites. However, since the foothold is not so good, please proceed while paying attention to your feet. It is probably the lowest temperature that feels first when entering the limestone cave. Especially in the summer, the difference with the outside temperature becomes very large. The temperature inside the cave is always around 14 degrees to 15 degrees. It may be felt colder as you are sightseeing the limestone cave, so it is recommended that you prepare long sleeves as necessary.
Makido is the stalactite cave where one of the limestone field of Kusamadai, Okayama. Its total extension is 450m, and was called “Hole of Maki” in old days. The cave has very large ponds of the spring water, and stalagmite group and stalactite reflected in the water bring on a fantastic atmosphere.
The origin of the name of Makido (it means “full of strangeness”.) is said that poet Akiko Yosano who visited this place in 1929, and wrote it as “the cave which is full of strangeness”.
The stalactite cave is full of variety, like rim stone and straw stalactite, stone pillar covered the stalactite with the characteristic. It is definitely “full of strangeness”.
The Makido Stalactite Cave which is called “Makido of the stillness”, has full of the clean spring in the penetralia, but there is few subterranean stream. The stalactite is lighted up translunary in the world of the quietness. Particularly, the inverse icicle stones reflecting in the surface of the water is a wonderful scene. In avoiding a tourist season of the summertime, you can thoroughly enjoy this fantastic atmosphere.
There is the bridge called “the Ryugu Bashi” (the Palace of the Dragon King bridge) in the stalactite cave. The cinnabar red bridge which emerge from the fantastic scene being lighted up, it is as if the world of the old tale.
It is constant temperature from 14 to 15 degrees through one year in the stalactite cave. Because you feel it to be considerably cool in the summer, so you need to be careful for clothes.
|Name:||Makido Stalactite Cave|
|Adresse:||Toyonagaakoma 2276-2 Niimi, Okayama 719-2721 Japan|
|Access:||JR Hakubi-sen Line “Ishiga-eki Station” (20 minutes by car)|
|Price:||1,000 yen (Adult)
800 yen (Junior High School Students)
500 yen (Elementary School Students)
Free (Preschool Kids)
Please refer the official web page.