Speaking of Okinawa’s sightseeing spots, the blue and clear sea attracts attention, but surprisingly there are many places of interest in Okinawa about “caves”. Especially, “Gyokusen-do Stalactite Cave” which is one of Japan’s largest scale stalactite cave is known as the main spot for sightseeing in Okinawa.
However, it is surprisingly unknown that part of the cave linked to Gyokusen-do has been refurbished into a cafe called “Cave Cafe”. “Cave Cafe” which opened in 2009 began to be gradually attracted by tourists as it is a priceless place to spend in a non-everyday space like a gigantic cave and a good location where you can go 2 minutes on foot from Gyokusen-do.
A part of the giant cavernous cave at the entrance of “Valley of Gangala” which is a sightseeing spot to explore the ancient cave remains has been refurbished as a cafe. Even just looking at the interior that made use of the topography of nature as it is is a masterpiece. Although it is a cave, the interior is not dark, and it seems that the entrance is in a huge tent opened wide. The cave surrounding it leaves the appearance of nature as it is, but the cafe space has been refurbished to make you feel at home in a relaxed manner.
Cave Cafe is part of “Valley of Gangala” which is a tourist facility intended for walking around the cave, but you can enter for free if you use only cafe.
Cave Cafe’s opening hours are from 10:00 to 18:00. Since last call is 17:30, people who want to relax slowly should visit early.
The popular menu is “35 coffee (350 yen)” roasted with coral. Besides, there are many drink menu such as beer and hibiscus juice. Although there are ice creams etc., there are few full-fledged meals menu, so it is not suitable for visits to meals.
The stalactite cave
“The valley of GANGARAR” in Nanjo City, southern part of Okinawa main island is a mysterious spot where nature rich forest spreads in the valley where the limestone cave collapsed. The valley of GANGARAR is about 47,500 square meters, and various animals and plants are alive in the forest integrated with limestone cave. The course of the tour (fee) is about 1 km long. There are lots of places of interest that you can experience the mystery of nature and the history of human beings, such as the huge Ficus retusa tree, the stalagmites that the people have long believed from ancient times, the dwelling place that the ancient people lived in.
It took hundreds of thousands of years to make the mysteries of nature “a stalactite cave”. The spots that can enjoy the stalactite caves dot in Okinawa, this is “CAVE CAFE” which was built into it. Why don’t you enjoy the petit exploration what you could never do daily life and impress you.
The valley of GANGARAR
It is the valley which a stalactite cave collapses.”The valley of GANGARAR” is 30 minutes from Naha city to the south by car.
Covered by untouched stalactite
At the place that should be called the entrance of the valley of GANGARAR, the “CAVE CAFE” welcomes people. In the yawning cavern as if it looked up at sky, all over the ceiling and the wall is covered by untouched stalactite. Mysterious light coming through the outside, the chilly air peculiar to a cave, the fantastic world that you cannot taste in the everyday life spreads out there.
The concert is held regularly
“The cave cafe” in the entrance is Interesting. A stalactite cave becomes the cafe as a figure of nature, and according to the name, it keeps the unique sound space, and the concert is held regularly.
Mysterious light comes through outside into this different dimension space where the ceiling and wall are covered with the unmodified stalactite. There is a fantasy world far from everyday there. It feels exciting, as if it were just before exploration.
You can have a night reservations parties too.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Adresse:||Tamagusukumaekawa 202 Nanjo, Okinawa 901-0616 Japan|
|Access:||It takes 30 minutes from Naha Airport by car.|
|Price/Charge:||From 350 yen. (coffee)|
Please refer to the official web page for the cafe menu.