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Gyokusendo is a limestone cave located in Okinawa World. It is a popular tourist spot in the south of Okinawa. It took 300 thousand years for this limestone cave to be formed. Measuring approx. 5 km long, there are about 37 types of stalactites in this cave. It is the biggest cave in Japan. In the area situated at 890 m, you will see more than one million stalactites. In fact, these limestones are still becoming 3 mm longer each year. Experience the mysterious atmosphere that is created by Mother Nature inside a cooling cave.
- 1336 Tamagusuku Maegawa, Nanjo-shi, Okinawa
- Contact No.
- A short walk from the bus stop "Gyokusendo Mae" from Naha Bus terminal.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00-18:00 (The reception closes at 17:00)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Admission fee
- Adults: 1,300 yen
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Measuring approx. 5 km long: the biggest limestone cave in Japan
This limestone cave, Gyokusendo, measures approx. 5 km long. It is the biggest cave in Japan. Although you can only enter until 890 m, you can observe more than 1 million stalactites. Observe with curiosity the mysterious limestone cave that nature has created in 300 thousand years.
37 types of stalactites: the largest collection in Japan
Inside Gyokusendo, there are 37 types of stalactites - the largest collection in Japan. You will see stalactites shaped like straws, curtains or even bacon. Surrounded by underground water and appearing like a dam, the cave looks mysteriously beautiful.
Enjoy a great adventure! Limited tours in the restricted area only in summer
Although Gyokusendo measures 5 km, you can usually enter up to 890 m deep. Yet special tours are organized only from July to August to exploit the rest of 4000 m of the cave. It would be a great adventure to explore the restricted area.
In Okinawa World, there is a cafe located inside the cave called "Cave Cafe." It serves many sweets made from local fruits of Okinawa. It surely feels out of ordinary the to have coffee in the mythical atmosphere of the cave. Why don't you take a break in this unusual place?