牡鹿洞

Ojika-do - Ojikadô Cave - Ojika Cave - Ojika Linestone Cave


Useful Information

Location: 2 Chome-6 Hiraodai, Kokuraminami Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 803-0180.
15 minutes by taxi from JR Ishiharamachi Station.
(33.754523, 130.896166)
Open: All year Mon-Fri 10-17, Sat, Sun, Hol 10-18.
[2022]
Fee: Adults JPY 500, Children (6-11) JPY 300.
[2022]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
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Address: Ojikadô Cave, 2 Chome-6 Hiraodai, Kokuraminami Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 803-0180, Tel: +81-93-451-0165.
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History


Description

牡鹿洞 (Ojika Cave) is quite spectacular as it is entered down an entrance shaft on a long iron staircase. Potholes are rather rare in Japan, so this is definitely an exceptional cave for Japanese visitors. However, the flight of staircases in a huge 55 m deep daylight shaft with plants growing on the walls, is definitely quite impressive. The cave is sometimes nicknamed the Dinosaur Trap, the idea is that it is big enough for dinosaurs to fall in. But also that it was a palaeontologic treasure with numerous bone found at the 25 m deep floor of the shaft. The fossils included the Japanese river otter, Mukashi Japanese deer and the Naumann elephant (Palaeoloxodon naumanni). It is often called Ojikadô Cave, which is actually a WikipediaRAS syndrome.