Akiyoshido
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Akiyoshidō cave , a special national treasure, is one of the largest limestone caves in the country. It is filled with geographically precious objects such as gigantic stalagmites, rimstones like terraced rice fields, and many others. The cave started forming a million years ago and you will be fascinated with the visible history of the earth. Enjoy it thoroughly by viewing and photographing. You will walk through the cave comfortably as the temperature stays 17 ℃ throughout a year. You can go directly up to the Akiyoshidai Plateau from the elevator located in the middle of the cave.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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johnvtokyo
Tokyo, Japan121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A bit expensive at 1200 yen, but very beautiful formations, well lit, a river running through most of it. Paths are concrete and everything well maintained. Deeper in you go, the formations are more interesting.
Written 18 March 2024
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Norin
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
It's been quite a while since my last visit to Akiyoshido Cave.
The scenery from the entrance to the cave is pleasant and relaxing, with a small river running through, and the view inside the cave, represented by one of its main features, the Golden Cave, is spectacular.
Given that this is one of the largest in scale in Japan and was created over a mind-boggling time of 300 million years, I would say this is a must-see if you visit the Yamaguchi area.

In my opinion, however, it is a bit too dark to observe the true spectacle the cave offers, and I had to constantly watch my steps instead.

In addition to that, probably due to the moisture inside the cave, it can be slippery and dangerous if you don't choose the proper footwear. While I can understand they probably want to preserve the natural setting as much as possible, they could make it a bit more visitor-friendly if they hoped to make it a major tourist attraction.
Written 24 April 2023
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Hiro
Meguro, Japan377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
山口市への出張時、空き時間ができたのでこれ幸いと訪問。知識では知っていたが、初訪問でした。

最初は展望台へ行ったものの、寒い中10分以上歩く気にはなれず、クルマで中間地点のエレベーターがある場所へ移動。地下80mだった筈だが、平日ということもあり一人でエレベーターに乗って下がっていくのはスリリングな経験だった。

到着してからの景色は更に貴重な体験で、ここまで大きな鍾乳洞は無論、出来上がるまでの歴史を彷彿させる数々の芸術的な岩や堆積物には感動する。機会があれば、家族にも見せたい場所である。

Visited there when I had time during biz trip to Yamaguchi city, then it was definitely unforgettable experience in my life. I strongly recommend you to have a look in case you have time when you are in Yamaguchi city.

I came to view facility first, however I didn’t want to walk more thank 10 min in cold climate to get there, move to the central location of the cave by car, went down around 80m by the quiet elevator without anyone to get the cave.

After arriving the cave, the view was incredible like pics and showing us the long long history from artistic rocks and sediments. Also surprised with falls and rivers sawing underground. If we have an opportunity to go around there, I’d like to take my family to experiment there.
Written 14 March 2021
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Matan Katz
Jerusalem, Israel191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The cave is beautiful and very visitor-friendly with audio explanations in English, Japanese and chinese. It's nice to spend some time there although it's not a very "Japanese" authentic experience. It has a nice shopping and dining street leading into it though.
Written 24 January 2020
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JJJourneys
Singapore, Singapore2,508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is Japan’s largest cave system, located some distance away from Yamaguchi. There are buses that operate between Yamaguchi and here; note that I am referring to the JR buses only, which are covered by JR Rail Passes. There are other buses that shuttle between the cave and Shin-Yamaguchi, but those are not covered by the pass. Admission fee to the cave was 1,300 yen per adult. I started from the main Akiyoshido main entrance. This one is the one with the wheelchair access at the start of the route, but lesser features. The journey is also “upwards”, i.e. more steps going up. Entry from the other entrance (sorry I forgot the name) leads you straight down to more concentrated limestone features and generally progresses downwards. There is also an elevator entrance/exit some midway through the cave. Overall it was quite an interesting experience, one that needs a fair bit of physicality, but was surprisingly not crowded at all. They do provide plenty of benches inside the cave for you to stop and take a breather if necessary as well.
Written 10 December 2019
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georgematthews
Bangor, UK410 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It is 1 km from one end to the other so leave yourself enough time if you have a coach to catch. We only had an hour to get to and from the coach park which was not long enough. There are over 100 steps to the 700m mark some easier than others. It is about 17degrees inside which is not particularly cold. There are some beautiful parts but not up to the Nz glow worm caves standards.
Written 11 October 2019
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7DCJ7
Singapore, Singapore18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
The tourist board has just removed the discounted fare of 700 yen for foreigner starting April 2019.

We felt the entrance fee of 1200 yen per adult and 950 yen for lower elementary student is high.

Take note there were many ascending steps and walking. It is wet, very dim and cold inside the cave.

Restroom is only available at the exit to Akiyoshidai plain. Get young children to visit restroom before entering however even they did go, one of our kids needs to go again before we were anywhere near the exit to Akiyoshidai plain... it was quite stressful and we literally rushed through the cave towards the exit to Akiyoshidai plain for restroom.

We didn't re-enter to visit those spots we rushed through due to time constraint as we need to catch the hourly buses from Akiyoshidai bus stop back to the interchange at tourist information center.

A kind local tourist bus driver who we checked with him about Akiyoshidai bus stop location actually offerred to drive us back to the interchange. As he knew that we had just missed the hourly bus.

We are very thankful and touched by that kind gesture.
Written 6 July 2019
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Avin N
Robina, Australia431 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Did a day trip to Akiyoshido from Hikari with some reservations. But after the trip we decided this was one of the best things we did on our 3 week driving trip to Japan.

The walk is dark and wet but ultimately the caves are fantastically eerie. Loved every second of our walk through the caves. Wear shoes with grip. We saw a girl with heels who struggled massively. Saw another guy fall flat on his bum. So footwear needs to be good.

Information about the cave formation is provided throughout the walk.

A definite if you are in Mine region of Western Honshu.
Written 20 May 2019
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Carol
Izumo, Japan7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
If you are near, you should go. A cold and dark cave w/ a waterfall, but that’s it. Seeing photos it’s look more interesting!
Written 2 May 2019
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Jungoma
Osaka, Japan80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Before you enter the Akiyoshido,you will find a blue basin. If you are lucky,you can find some fishes in the basin. Inside of the Akiyoshido is very wide and dark. But some lights are making the atmosphere good.
Written 2 April 2019
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