“Menfudo Limestone Cave” in Tenkawa village Yoshino gun, Nara prefecture is the largest scale cave in the Kansai region. It is also designated as a special natural treasure in Nara prefecture. Inside the limestone cave of about 280 meters in length, there is a mysterious space spread over a long period of time.
“Menfudo Limestone Cave” located in Dorogawa of Tenkawa village known as a village of world heritage was discovered in 1933. Because it is on the hill where you can see the town of Dorogawa, the scenery from the monorail to the limestone cave is of course popular as well as the inside of the limestone cave. It is one of the recommended tourist attractions in Tenkawa village which is also designated as a special natural treasure in Nara prefecture.
Limestone cave is a cave made of limestone eroded by rainwater and groundwater and building a large cavity inside it over the years. A stalactite is something that hangs like an icicle from the walls and ceiling of limestone caves. Water droplets falling from the tip of the stalactite accumulate on the ground, and a long and thin tube extending from the ground is called stalagmite.
It is said that the stalactite generally takes 100 to 300 years to grow 1 cm. With a tremendous amount of immense time spent connecting stalactite and stalagmite is called stone column. Even “Menfudo Limestone Cave”, you can find stalactites, stalagmites, rare stone pillars, etc. made over tens of thousands of years. Please try to experience the mystery of nature.
There is “Menfudo Limestone Cave” which is the largest cavern in the Kansai district in the Dorogawa area of Tenkawa village, Yoshino gun, Nara prefecture. Menfudo Limestone Cave was discovered by Mr. Hiroyoshi Hashimoto in 1951, then he invested personal property and developed and completed this limestone cave. Currently it is designated as a natural monument of Nara prefecture.
If you use “Menfudo Monorail” which is a little walking from the entrance of the mountain, you will arrive at Menfudo Limestone Cave in around 5 minutes. The promenade is being maintained and it is possible to arrive in about 10 minutes on foot, but it is quite tired to keep walking on an uphill slope.
The ride capacity of the monorail is 16 people, the fare is 500 yen round trip for adults. It is a monorail of a log-shaped design, climbing the mountain slope slowly. Children will be able to enjoy themselves as attraction.
The temperature of inside the limestone cave is about 8 degrees centigrade throughout the year and you can feel that it changes into cool air as entering the limestone cave. It is structured like going around from the entrance of the limestone cave, and you can watch it in about 20 minutes. The passage in a limestone cave has the place which has got wet with water, and a narrow place, and somewhat needs cautions for the head or a step.
It is lighted up by the LED lighting to the highlight in the cave, and a fantastic space is produced.
Also, depending on the characteristics and shape of the stalactite and stalagmite, there are many names such as “crepe ceiling”, “bat cave”, “Gongen cave”, “Rakan cave”, “Mother cave”.
|Name:||Menfudo Limestone Cave|
|Address:||Dorogawa 673-89 Yoshinogun Tenkawamura, Nara 638-0431 Japan|
|Access:||Kintetsu Yoshino-sen Line “Shimoichiguchi-eki Station” (80 minutes by bus)|
|Price:||400 yen (Adult)
200 yen (Child)
Please refer the official web page.