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“A Designated Japanese Treasure”
Review of Ryugado Cave

Ryugado Cave
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Kami
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 December 2016

The caves allow you to come up close and personal with stalactites and stalagmites- such as the jellyfish, then bats fly overhead and you get feelings that you walk with the ancient people that once lived here. The Japanese have cleverly looked after everything and lit up all the features in differing hues perfectly. The air is clean and cold, but as you walk you are overwhelmed with nature's creative ability to carve into limestone. A must see.

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Reviewed 15 August 2016

Tosayamadacho Sakakawa, Kami 782-0005, Kochi Prefecture
Really enjoyable for a short tour.
You have to buy tickets for the entrance of the main cave.
Entire cave is really amazing.

Thank H. M
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Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

Went with a local family who I was staying with who took me. Really enjoyed the caves and they were really impressive, would definitely recommend going

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Reviewed 3 October 2015

Inside this limestone cave are many rock formations that resemble things like Mother Mary and Japanese palaces. In a bid to woo more foreign visitors, they have created a free app that provides audio guide while in the cave, so visitors can hear an explanation of all the points of interest while walking through the cave. Pretty neat! A walk through the cave would take about 1.5 hours.

The cave used to be inhabited by humans about 2,000 years ago, as there were pots and tools found in the cave. The inside of the cave is quite low and narrow at some parts, so this might not be a good place to visit for the elderly. Some parts also do not have railings separating the walkway from the rocks, so it might not be safe for young children.

However, it is an amazing work of nature. But many of the rock shapes are named after figures in Japanese mythology/culture, so most foreigners might not understand or see the meaning.

Access by a 20min bus ride (Tosaden Kotsu bus) from JR Tosa Yamado Station on the JR Dosan Line.

Thank ciramisu
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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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