The birthplace of the god of Sada Shrine

Marine Caves at Kaka-no-kukedo

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The Marine Caves of Kaka-no-Kukedo have been a nationally designated natural wonder since 1927 and as legend has it, is the birthplace of the main god of Sada Shrine. There are several caverns that can be reached by sightseeing boat, which is the best way to appreciate the vastness and beauty of this world of sea cliffs and spectacular rock formations.

The two caves at Kaka-no-Kukedo are called “new Kukedo” and “old kukedo”. A fifty minute tour of the caves is available from March to November but check with the operators beforehand as adverse weather may cause cancellations.

Kaka-no-Kukedo is full of mystery and myth, which is precisely why the 19th century naturalized Japanese writer Koizumi Yakumo (Lafcadio Hearn) visited the area. He was apparently impressed by the clear waters of the cave system and you can imagine that he felt some inspiration.

There are countless legends wrapped up in Kaka-no-Kukedo, such as the one associated with Old Kukedo beach, which tells of the creation of a gateway to paradise by the spirits of children.

Kaka Shrine, formerly known as Kukedo Shrine, is where two of the main gods of the Izumo pantheon. It was originally located in one of the caves but was eventually moved to its current location. The shrine hosts events throughout the year and plays a big part in the local community. The large prayer room is worth a visit as it contains massive murals relating to the mythology of the region.

This coastal region is full of accommodation choices but of course the camping option is also always available.

Access: Take the Super Yakumo Express train from JR Okayama Station to JR Matsue Station. Take the bus from JR Matsue Station to Marine Gate Shimane. Transfer to the Shimane Community Bus. Take the Shimane Community Bus to Marine Plaza.


About the Area

Matsue is the vibrant capital city of Shimane Prefecture that has been shaped by its feudal heritage as a castle town and its unique location on Lake Shinji, Lake Nakaumi and the Japan Sea. The city center is dominated by the presence of Matsue Castle and its surrounding canals. This area is also a cultural zone as it is home to museums and historic quarters. One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of the city is from the water and there are several cruise companies that make this possible.


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.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
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).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
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