Introducing Ryugashido | Stunning Scenery of Japan | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

Mystical stalactite art created by nature and time

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.).

  • Viewing period:
  • All year round
  • Challenge level:
  • ★☆☆
  • Feeling:
  • Divine

Travel advice

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

A direct bus to Ryugashido leaves from Hamamatsu Station, so it's an easy place to get to. Visits to other famous destinations in the Oku-Hamanako area where Ryugashido is located are also highly recommended. For example, there is Ryotan-ji Temple, a nationally designated site of scenic beauty renowned for its outstanding gardens, or Kiga Sekisho, one of the three major checkpoints of the Tokaido and a key point along the Himekaido highway. Lake Hamana can be seen from the area around Kiga Sekisho, and the beautiful view at sunset is nothing short of overwhelming. The area around the starting point for a trip to any of the above, Hamamatsu Station, offers an abundant choice of places where you can eat local gourmet cuisine. Take your pick to suit your preference and mood from restaurants serving tiger puffer fish, Hamamatsu gyoza dumplings, eel and a whole range of other regional specialties.

Ryotan-ji Temple

Unagi Fujita

Stunning Scenery

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    2. Kakegawa Station
    3. [Kakegawa Omatsuri]
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    2. Kyoto Station
    3. [Gion Matsuri]
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    2. Gifu-Hashima Station
    3. [The Wisteria of Takehana Betsuin]
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    2. Mishima Station
    3. [Mt. Fuji and dried radish]
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    2. Shin-Fuji Station
    3. [Nightscape of factories]
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    2. Atami Station
    3. [Hashiriyu]
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    2. Shin-Osaka Station
    3. [Osaka Suijo Bus Aqua-Liner]
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    2. Shin-Osaka Station
    3. [Shinsekai]
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    2. Mishima Station
    3. [Old Hakone Highway Cedar Avenue]
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    2. Nagoya Station
    3. [Shirotori Garden]
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    2. Shin-Osaka Station
    3. [Osaka City Central Public Hall]
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    2. Gifu-Hashima Station
    3. [Statue of the Eleven-Faced Kannon]
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    2. Toyohashi Station
    3. [Toyohashi's Tezutsu Hand-Held Firew...]
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    2. Shin-Osaka Station
    3. [Tsutenkaku]
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    2. Nagoya Station
    3. [Inuyama Castle]
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    2. Odawara Station
    3. [Sagami Bay (Odawara Port)]
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    2. Mikawa-Anjo Station
    3. [DENPARK]
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    2. Shizuoka Station
    3. [Nihondaira]
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    2. Shin-Yokohama Station
    3. [Shomyo-ji Temple]
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    2. Kakegawa Station
    3. [Dream Suspension Bridge Across Suma...]
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    2. Hamamatsu Station
    3. [Ryugashido]
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    2. Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station
    3. [Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple]
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    2. Kyoto Station
    3. [Sagano Bamboo Forest Path]
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    2. Shin-Fuji Station
    3. [Shiraito Falls]
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    2. Shin-Osaka Station
    3. [The Floating Garden in Umeda Sky Bu...]
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    2. Mishima Station
    3. [Shoji-bori in Yamanaka Castle Ruins]
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    2. Mikawa-Anjo Station
    3. [Unryu no Matsu in Eian-ji Temple]
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    2. Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station
    3. [Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Tokyo C...]
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    2. Gifu-Hashima Station
    3. [Painted ceiling of Hongaku-ji Temple]
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    2. Odawara Station
    3. [Pampas grass at Sengokuhara]
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    2. Toyohashi Station
    3. [Ikobe Beach]
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    2. Nagoya Station
    3. [Nagoya Castle]
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    2. Atami Station
    3. [Atami Sun Beach]
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    2. Shizuoka Station
    3. [Mt. Fuji from Yoshiwara]
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    2. Shin-Yokohama Station
    3. [Minato Mirai seen from Daikoku Ohashi]
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    2. Kakegawa Station
    3. [Shiosai-bashi]
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    2. Kyoto Station
    3. [Fushimi Inari Shrine]
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    2. Hamamatsu Station
    3. [Nakatajima Sakyu]
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    2. Shin-Fuji Station
    3. [Double-diamond Fuji on Lake Tanuki]

updated on Sep 30, 2015