wonders of the cave
Akiyoshidō cave (秋芳洞), 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 (秋吉台) from the elevator located in the middle of the cave.
|ADDRESS||3506-2 Akiyoshi, Shūhō-chō, Mine-shi|
|OPEN HOURS (for entering)||There are 3 entrances.See the map here
Mar. to Nov.: 8:30～17:30 closed at 18:30
Dec. to Feb.: 8:30～16:30 closed at 17:30
-Elevator entrance & Kurotani entrance
8:30-16:30 closed at 17:30
|DAYS CLOSED||N/A, Open 365 days|
|ESTIMATED TIME FOR SIGHTSEEING||1 hour or more (a round trip)|
-Japanese, English (Beginner)
-The multilingual audio guide is available inside the cave (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean)
|BARRIER-FREE AREA||See the wheelchair-accessible area here|
|WHEELCHAIR RENTAL||-Free of charge
-Available at the tourist information center and the main entrance
JR Shin-Yamaguchi Sta./JR Yamaguchi Sta./Others
(45 min from JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station)Akiyoshidō Bus Terminal
5 min from Akiyoshidai IC in Ogōri-Hagi Expressway via Mine Higashi JCT in Chūgoku Expressway
For more details
Tourist information center (Akiyoshidai Tourism Exchange Center)
FAX：0837-62-0899 (Japanese, English, Chinese)
Mail：email@example.com (Japanese, English, Chinese)
|RESERVATION FOR GROUPS||A group with over 20 people is required to make a reservation. Download the reservation form here (Japanese only).
Send it to Kurotani entrance office.
FAX：0837-62-0323 (Japanese, English)
Mail：firstname.lastname@example.org (Japanese, English)
|A MODEL COURSE FOR Akiyoshidō AND AKIYOSHIDAI||
ESTIMATED TIME: At least 2 hours
Akiyoshidō Bus Terminal
(5-10 min)Akiyoshidō main entrance
Walking to Kurotani side
(40-50 min)Going out from the Elevator entrance
Walking up to Akiyoshidai Plateau
(5-10 min)Enjoying the view from the observation deck, chilling in the cafe Karstar, or walking around the plateau
Re-entering the cave from the Elevator entrance (show your ticket stub)
(15 min)Going out from the main entrance
Returning to the bus terminal
*Check the walking map here if you would like to walk around the plateau.
Entrance Fee (Regular)
Foreign Tourists Discount ※Group of 20 or more
※The person in charge needs to present the passport at the time of ticket purchase.
※Group discounts only.Discounts on individual travelers were abolished from April 2019.