Maki-do

Maki Cave


Useful Information

Location: East of Niimi city, near Toyonagaakouma.
Open: All year daily 8:30-17, last admission 16:30.
[2020]
Fee: Adults JPY 1,000, Junior High JPY 800, Children JPY 500.
Groups: discount.
Parking: free.
[2020]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=450 m, T=15 °C.
Guided tours: L=400 m, D=20 min.
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Address: Makido, 2276-2, Toyonaga-akouma, Niimi City, Okayama Prefecture 718-2721, Tel: 0867-74-3100.
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History

1929 visited by Akiko Yosamo and Tetsuji Yosano.
05-NOV-1957 designated a Natural Monument.
2014 LED light installed.
2015 won the Lighting Diffusion Award from the Lighting Institute of Japan.

Description

Makido (Maki Cave) is a small show cave off the beaten track. The fossil cave with numerous speleothems is lighted in red, green, or blue lights, a thing which is rather kitschy for western tourists. The Japanese seem to like it though. The cave has an underground lake and a red Ryugu-bashi bridge crossing it.

This cave was discovered by a hunter who was chasing a raccoon with a dog. This was at the end of the Edo perios, and so this cave cave is generally called the first ever discovered cave in Japan. The cave was named by the wife of the famous poet Tetsuji Yosano, Akiko Yosamo