Akiyoshi Cave

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Location: Akiyoshidai, Syuuhou-tyo, Yamaguchi. 40 minute bus ride from Jr Ogori Station. NAC: TX7H NP2H Longitude: 131.3 Latitude: 34.2167
Open: All year daily 8:30-16:30. [2001]
Fee: Adult ¥1,200, 20% reduction for groups. [2001]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave, Paleozoic limestone, coral reef.
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=8.700m, T=17°C
Guided tours: L=1,000m.
Bibliography: George Edward Gauntlett (1909): The Caves of Yamaguchi, The Yorkshire Ramblers' Club Journal 3 (9) 41-44
H S Torii (1957-59): Kurze Geschichte de Höhlen- und Karstforschung in Japan, [A short history of caves and karst exploration in Japan]. die Höhle, 8 (4) 104-107; 9 (2) 37-40; 10 (1) 11, 10 (4) 99-102
Address: Tel: +81-837-62-0304.
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1904 first published account in Japanese (Torii 1957-59).
1907 visit by George Edward Gauntlett, an English schoolmaster (Gauntlett 1909).
1926 visited by the Crown Prince Akiyoshi who gave the cave its name.
1960 cave surveyed to a length of 2km.
2000 cave surveyed to a length of 8.5km.


The cave was named after the Showa Emperor, on a visit in 1926, when he was still the Crown Prince.

The natural entrance is at the foot of a 50m high cliff. The entrance is 20m high and 8m wide. The tourist route runs parallel to an underground stream, and passes a complex of 500 terraced rimestone pools, large stalagmites, and large columns. Claimed to be the largest and the most splendid cave in Asia.

Text by Tony Oldham (2004). With kind permission.