A mysterious world where strange stones and waterfalls intertwine. Feel the pulse of the earth in the limestone cave in the cliff wall

You will instinctively gasp at the art made by droplets of water over hundreds of millions of years, and the roar of the flowing waterfall

The entrance for Ikurado Cave, one of western Japan’s representative limestone caves, lies in the sheer cliffs along the Takahashi River, which soar 240 meters high. The beauty of the valley, looking like a painting, is visible as you cross a bridge over the river and enter the cave. Continue along the path, with a length of 1200 meters and an elevation difference of 90 meters, and countless stalactites appear, one after another, along with about 30 strange stones and oddly shaped rocks with names such as “Gin Sudare” (Silver Screen) and “Sui-i” (Water Clothes). The art of nature, made over eons, touches us deeply just by seeing it, and stimulates our adventourous spirit and curiosity. There are three waterfalls inside the cave, including the masterpiece Chi-jiku no Taki waterfall, the largest subterranean waterfall in Japan, boasting a maximum drop of 50 meters. From its echoing roar, and the size and scale that one would never think of as being in a cave, you will once again feel the majesty of nature.(This information is as of November 2018)

Ikurado cave
Ikurado cave
Ikurado cave
Ikurado cave

Kogane Dendo (Golden Hall of Fame). Just before this are Chi-jiku no Taki waterfall, “Kin Sudare” (Gold Screen), and “Gin Sudare” (Silver Screen). At the fifth path junction, there is a shortcut to the exit.

Ikurado cave

“Seto no Umi” (Sea of Seto)

Ikurado cave
Ikurado cave

The gorgeous “Sandan-Kyo” (Three Gorges) ravine

Ikurado cave

“Chiku-rin” (Bamboo forest)

Ikurado cave

“Niji no Tani” (Rainbow Valley)

Ikurado cave

The waterfall behind this stalactite is called “Oto no Taki” (Sound Falls) because only the sound can be heard.

Ikurado cave

Footbath at the exit using water from the cave. The spring water feels good in the summer.

Ikurado cave

The Arisa no Miya marriage shrine in front of the footbath.

Ikurado cave
Address
409 Ikura, Niimi City, Okayama [Map]
TEL
+81-867-75-2224
Open
8:30-17:00 (entrance is until 16:30)
Closed
None
Parking
300
Price
1000 yen for high school students and older, 800 yen for junior high school students, 500 yen for elementary school students
Access
About 20 minutes’ drive from the Chugoku motorway / Niimi interchange, or About 30 minutes’ ride on taxi from JR Niimi Station.
Credit card
Not accepted
URL
Website

MAP

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