One of Niimi City's mysterious caverns

Maki-do Cave

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Photographer | Takuma Kimura


Niimi City is well known as for its stunning landscape which includes breathtaking cliffs and a myriad of rock formations and cliffs. Another aspect of Niimi’s treasure trove of natural wonders is its cave system.

Maki-do Cave is  an example of one such system that is open into the public and is safe to navigate. One of the stunning features of the Makido is the brilliant lighting that creates the feeling that you have entered a strange and mysterious world.

Maki-do cave is a compact 450 meter long cave system that is packed with unique stalagmite and stalactite formations. Colorful illumination makes exploration that much more interesting as visitors feel the full impact of the contrast of light and shadow in this otherworldly place.

The admission fee is 1000 JPY for adults, 800 JPY for junior high school children, and 500 yen for small children.

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 Hakubi Line from Okayama Station to Ikura Station.Take the bus from Ikura Station to Maki-do cave. The cave is about a 4 minute walk from the bus stop.

Cost: Adults:1000 yen, High school students:1000 yen, Junior high school students:800 yen, elementary school students:500 yen


Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
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4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

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