A world of mystery and art stretches away in the cool of a stalactite cave. Ryugashido is the largest sightseeing stalactite cave in the Tokai region, and some strata date back 250 million years. Visitors get to see stalactites created over long ages through the coincidence of a whole range of conditions. In 100 years, a stalactite will grow by just one centimeter. Names have been given to many of these natural sculptures which have taken such extraordinary lengths of time to form. Take the "water god" seen in the posted photo, for example, which looks like it is sitting in a pond made by dripping water. You might discover some shapes only you can see.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
The average temperature in the cave is a stable 18 degrees Celsius throughout the year, so it feels cool in summer and warm in winter. The cave is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are some narrow places and places where the ceiling is low, so be careful as you walk around. Also, footwear which is easy to walk around in (such as sneakers) is recommended, as there are some slippery and uneven areas.
The pleasure of travel: Ryugashido
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updated on Sep 30, 2015