Ryusendo Limestone Cave, Iwaizumi-cho

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Stare at a deep blue of the deepest underground lake in Japan at Ryusendo Limestone Cave, one of the largest subterranean cave systems in the world. With a total confirmed length of 3,361 m (11,913 ft), the cave has at least four lakes. The system is home to a number of bat variations and stalactite limestone. Declared a monument of nature as early as 1934, this cave has reputation of being "the first natural cave science museum in the world." Be sure to pack layers, as the temperatures can be cool inside the cave. Add Ryusendo Limestone Cave to your Iwaizumi-cho travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Iwaizumi-cho trip builder.
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  • Travel back to the Morioka stretched one leg, to ryusendo! Go into the cave, but this day was over 35 ° C temperature at the temperature of 10 ° C but rather cold enough. (Lol) Red Dragon Blue Crystal clear subterranean Lake slowly watch! very cave exploration is continued even today as a deep,, can enjoy the adventure more than 20 minutes walking normally ☆ ☆
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  • I went are attracted to Blue Dragon. The second is near the parking lot, in Typhoon reconstruction, was moved from the original entrance. So was the evening was free. Out-but rather only one thought (laughs) air temperature 20 ° C and 9 ° C cave. Cold! Walking can be used reasonably. In the depths of Dragon blue! Nice ~! And there are steep stairs. Are not confident about the return road. To the new Science Museum across the street because time can be put on the same ticket. Here the road is somewhat narrower. It seems kids are not allowed. Is rude, old equipment, and description of the origin of limestone caves and contents, it was interesting. In Longquan Dong tickets so please try enter in here. Incidentally, Shin Dong is so far away. entrance and exit is not so careful.
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  • I had never been to the caves only a few times, I could feel free to anyone entering the first short length's distance. Is always below 10 degrees with a jacket is necessary even in the summer. It is better because it is slippery walking shoes. Walking while listening to the sound of running water and dripping sound was fantastic. And I know that a clean water drops hit to the head, face and arms, served in various senses. Exceedingly frequented by tourists, however, time to go and you stand on the stairs, the conversation will be ruined the mystique. I felt it best to go early in the morning.
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  • The cave itself was cool. However coming from Morioka, the only public transit option was a bus that took 2.25 hours and 2660¥ one-way. It also travels infrequently, so check the schedule. Renting a car might have been better. The cave is somewhat small as far as caves go, you can walk through it in 30-40 min with stopping a lot to take pictures. There is also a second cave that has more of a museum feel which is neat. Both caves have really cool looking formations and underground lakes.
  • Fun place to visit but very out of the way. Food options are not great either.
  • Nature at its best. Experienced the cool (literally) limestone caves and the breathtaking view of cave lakes
  • Cave was good but at places where water would drip they had a lot of plastic sheets to keep you dry but I thought they were a huge eye sore. Very nice area around cave as well. Make it part of a road trip and it is worth the drive.
  • This place is very interesting. The cave is large, with a few separate levels. Many small spaces and lots of stairs, but manageable. The cave is lit with many color changing lights that creating a good atmosphere. There are a couple small cafes and a restaurant on the property as well.

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