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Kyusendo is a limestone cave created by limestone layers at the bottom of sea about 3 hundred million years ago. It is the biggest limestone cave, found in 1973. Measuring 4.8 km long, you can visit approx. 600 m in "normal course". It will take you 30 min to visit. A popular "adventure course", on the other hand, takes you 200 m underground with a guide after wearing helmet and boots It will take one hour to make a tour. "Stone pillars" and "stalagmite" look like a mysterious art works, created by nature. There are "Center Shinrin" where you can buy specialties of the area. On top of that, "Mori no Kobo" is a multi-purpose plaza where you can have bread made of local ingredients.
- 1122-1 Ose, Kuma, Kuma-gun, Kumamoto
- 20 min walk from JR Kyusendo station
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Opening hours and holidays vary depending on certain period, so please check the official website for further details.
- Official Website
- Admission fee
- Entrance to the cave 1100 yen, 800 yen additional fee for adventure course
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Artworks created by nature over 3 hundred million years
It is the second longest limestone cave in Japan. "Stalagmites" made of drops of calcium carbonate fell from the ceiling from limestone cave. "Stone pillars" is made of limestones and stalagmites which are accumulated over long period of time. You can also see many art works, which took 3 hundreds million years to take the present form, including "Helictite", which is a strange curved limestone.
Most popular "adventure course"
"Adventure course" takes you 200 m underground deep inside the limestone cave, with a helmet-attached light and boots! In fact, you will go down 200 m underground, while walking in the water and going up and down the steep stairs. It is quite an adventure. You will see 20,000 bats and limestones shaped in many different things. It will be a special experience for sure.
Facility where you can buy specialties of the area
"Center Shinrin" is a place where you can buy specialties of Kyusendo, including "Kyusendo spiritual" which is an unique shochu, matured in the cool cave. There is also a multi-purpose plaza, "Mori no Kobo", where you can have meals made of local ingredients at restaurant and purchase popular bread.