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“somewhat of a letdown”
Review of Ryugado Cave

Ryugado Cave
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Kami
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 January 2015

I love caves. However, this cave has clearly had a lot of work done on it. There are several large chambers near or around interesting rock formations, and if you look closely, the rock wall is actually a coating over concrete. I found a patch where the plaster had fallen off, exposing concrete with little holes from tubes or tiny metal pipe- to provide structure for the concrete. The most interesting rock formations were behind chicken wire, so you can't get good pictures. Get two pamphlets, one in English and one in japanese, so that you can compare and figure out where you are. The English map has English names for everything, which is found nowhere in the caves, so if you don't know japanese, the map is meaningless.
The 'zoo' or birdhouse, whatever they call it, at the exit, would get the animal rights activists picketing outside if this were in the US. The area is famed for their long- tailed chickens, which have tails 4-5 feet long. They are kept, live, in tiny boxes, one area for their bodies, and one area for their tails. They literally can't move because there is nowhere for their tails to go. It made me sick.

Thank anna g
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

I love caves but this one left me a bit underwhelmed. Perhaps it was the 'unnaturalishness' especially of the first half. Or maybe the lack of stalagmites and stalagtites. The second half had more and was more enjoyable.... That said, it is a very long cave and it is fun to squeeze through some very tight spots.

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Reviewed 23 February 2012

While the natural caves are very nice, they are not well-kept. Walkways and railings are necessary, but often interfere with or destroy the natural caves. Outside the caves, the market area has some charm, but also some dismal, depressing scenes - for example, a famous local chicken with a particularly long tail kept in a box. Just. A box. There's even a sign that says, "Please do not complain about the bird's box. It is a bird in a box." Just...kind of a tourist trap.

3  Thank Henro88
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

The ryugadou area is marked by the usual tourist trappings in the lead up to the caves. The area is very picturesque and in the summer as you approach the entrance to the cave you will be greeted by a cool breeze. You can take two approaches to the cave. One for the average tourist which gives you a look inside the caves. The other is the "adventure"course which will see you kitted in some nifty overall and safety equipment. No flip flops. This is pretty good for an average to small size person but those who are extra tall or wide may struggle in some sections. There is also some rope climbing. A great experience!

Thank Alphaloc
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