While we were in Japan, we enjoyed a day trip to the Nippara Limestone Cave. Our exchange student, and her then boyfriend (now her fiancé) picked us up at our hotel and took us on a scenic drive out of Tokyo, into the mountains. The drive was beautiful and we passed through tiny villages, and saw lush, green forests along the winding, narrow mountain road. I spotted many little, suspension foot bridges that seemed so old that they appeared to have become part of the foliage.
The cave is in a beautiful setting, and it was much cooler in the mountains than it was in Tokyo, which was a nice break from the intense July heat.
The cave, located in the village of Nippara, is the largest limestone cave in the area. It feels quite small when entering, but we wandered around for at least an hour once we got inside since there is so much to see. We found many little nooks and crannies with Buddha statues, and places to worship if one in so inclined.
We took a different route heading back to Tokyo and passed through more villages and also saw a large lake. It was getting foggy at this point, as you can tell by the photos below.
The cave is damp and can be a little cool as well, so be sure to bring a jacket, even if visiting during the intense summer heat.
We were fortunate to be treated to this day out by friends with a car, and since there is so much to see along the way, I recommend renting a car for the day if you plan to go. In addition, it’s best to visit on a weekday since the cave draws large crowds on the weekends.
Have you visited Nippara Cave? If so, please leave a comment and tell me about your time there.