七ツ釜鍾乳洞

Nanatsugama shōnyūdō - Nanatsugama Limestone Cave


Useful Information

Location: North of Saikai, follow Route 202 north.
(33.023878, 129.660684)
Open: APR to SEP 9-18, last entry 17:30.
OCT to MAR 9-17, last entry 16:30.
[2020]
Fee: Adults JPY 520, Children (12-14) JPY 310, Children (6-11) JPY 210, Children (4-6) JPY 100.
Groups (20+): Adults JPY 410, Children (12-14) JPY 260, Children (6-11) JPY 150, Children (4-6) JPY 100.
[2020]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=1,600 m, T=14-16 °C.
Guided tours: L=320m
Photography:
Accessibility: no
Bibliography:
Address: Nanatsugama limestone cave, 2541-1 Nakaura Kitago, Saikai Town, Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Tel: +81-959-33-2303.
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History

AUG-1954 cave discovered and first explored by the locals including the headmaster of Nanakama Jinjo Elementary School.
JUL-1964 designated a scenic spot by the Governor of Nagasaki.
DEC-1983 designated a natural monument by the Ministry of Education.

Description

The 七ツ釜鍾乳洞 (Nanatsugama shōnyūdō) or 七釜鍾乳洞 (Nanagama Cave) or 清水洞 (Shimizu hora, Shimizu Cave) is formed inside a 30 Ma old limestone. The small karst area has so far 35 known caves.

The cave also offers cave trekking tours for groups after appointment.

The cave visit is completed by a small museum which shows rocks and fossils from the Paleozoic to Cenozoic. Most of the exhibits are fossils from the local limestone or speleothems from the cave.