A great trekking option

Ikura-do Cave

niimi city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura

 

Ikura-do Cave is a well-loved sightseeing spot for travelers far and wide because it is associated with a tragedy of love and has a shrine dedicated to the legend. According to the story, a young woman took her own life on the news that her love went in search of a princess in another land.

A 1200 meter long, 240 meter high cave system with staggering height variations throughout its ceiling, Ikura-do is a safe trekking option in Niimi. Taking about 40 minutes to complete, trekkers are amazed at the towering stalagmites, hanging stalactites, professionally lit rock formations and pools of water that have collected in natural basins. 

Don’t forget to have a look at the 70 meter high waterfall that emerges from the limestone rock face. It would actually be hard to miss since it gushes past the main entrance.

The facilities surrounding Ikura-do have a throwback feel to them. Some call it “Showa era” but you could just call it old Japan. Everything is utilitarian yet elegant at the same time.

After completing the course have a meal at the local eatery and marvel at the impressive  limestone cliffs that dominate the area. There is also a gift shop that sells items that will bring back memories of the area for years to come.

There are other caves and rock formations in the area that are worth seeing so check them out. For example, the slightly smaller Maki-do is not far from Ikura-do and is just as popular. You could easily explore both cave systems in one day.

About the Area

Niimi is a city in northwestern Okayama Prefecture on the border with Tottori Prefecture. It is a municipality full of natural wonders, excellent agriculture and old world charm.

Central Niimi is an attractive and livable space with parks and a number of civic buildings. In fact, the city’s central park is a popular location for cherry blossom viewing and picnic lunches.

There is a small river that runs within the town and winds through a tree-lined area, so it is lovely to stroll around the city center.

The outer areas of Niimi are fantastic places to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, skiing and caving.

The local ski slopes are a magnet for skiers and snowboarders who are looking for an excellent alternative to the Hiruzen and Daisen regions.

The Osa district is a nature lovers paradise, with hills that attract  paragliders in search of spectacular highland views from a bird’s-eye perspective.

Ikura-do and Maki-do cave offer two thrilling caving possibilities and are a refreshing way to beat the summer heat and get a bit of exercise at the same time.

The Chiya district of the city is home to a well-appointed hot spring, where onsite restaurant serves locally produced high quality Chiya beef.

Access: Take the JR Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Ikura Station in Niimi City. Walk for about one minute to Ikura Eki Mae bus stop.Then take a 10 minute bus ride to the Kirihata stop. It is about a 9 minute walk to Ikurado Cave from the Kirihata bus stop.

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