Cre:http://www.okistyle.com/a2z/?p=288One of the best gifts God brought to Okinawa is picturesque and unspoiled landscape that could easily capture your heart and soul. Okinawa brings you a paradise feeling with white sandy beach, coral reefs and beautiful sunshine. Having known for phenomenally beautiful beaches, Okinawa has other well known underground spots which draw tourist attentions. If you have already visited the beach and want something new from it, Gyokusendo cave is a recommended alternative.
Cre:http://www.unmissablejapan.com/underground/gyokusendo-caveWith total length of 5 kilometre, Gyokusendo cave has been considered the largest and the second largest in Okinawa and Japan respectively. The cave is approximately 30 meter underground and home to over 460,000 stalactites. The magnificent scene of densely packed stalactites could easily take your breath away. It has been existed for approximately 300,000 years, but it was until 1967 that a group of students from Ehime University discovered it. Since its location is in Okinawa world theme park in Nanjo City, you can easily catch a bus to reach there. You may feel tired for extremely hot weather but once you get on a stair to the cave, you become comfortable on the spot. While walking on a flight of stairs, you feel as if you were in a cool room equipped with air conditions. As a matter of fact, the temperature inside Gyokusendo stays constantly at 21C, thus, completely reducing the heat outside. There is a steel pathway that stretches 890 meters into the cave. Be careful. It twists and turns around and ups and downs, there are even some slippery and multiple narrow points. But this uneven pathway brings you realistic experience. Into the cave, there are a board number of rock formations. The process of forming rocks begins with water which constantly drips from an underground river running along the pathway. It is expected that new stalagmites will be formed right on pathway. The deeper you get, the more you see stalactites and stalagmites all over the cave’s ceiling and floor respectively some of which are super huge and old. They can effortlessly remind you of giant bamboos, organ pipes or wine glasses. Gyokusendo cave remains ultimately quiet and peaceful with the only sound of dripping water, which fascinates your journey even more. What you only need to do is to equip yourself with a hat and comfortable footwear.
Gyokusendo cave’s attractions do not stop there. At the center is a pond which has been widely known as Golden Cup. Its water is crystal clear that you can easily see through what is inside of its. A great number of fish coexist in the pond. In order to enhance environment attraction, there have been human interfere but the cave is still able to keep its wildness. Lights have been put and moved carefully, hence, creating multi colored displays. You have walked 890 meters to reach here, so does it mean that you have to walk 890 meters again to get back to the entrance? If you want to experience again spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, you can choose to walk again the same route. If you can no longer feel your legs, on the way out, there is an escalator which takes you right at the entrance where you begin. Since the cave opens for tourists from 9 AM to 6.30 PM, you can enjoy almost a day exploring Gyokusendo cave.
Cre:http://planetden.com/architecture/illuminated-caves-okinawajapanGyokusendo cave features exceptional stalactites and stalagmites which are considered most beautiful in Asia. With slippery pathway, narrow spots and high humidity, the cave is not definitely for everyone. However, it is worth a visit. Let’s allow Gyokusendo bring a new fresh experience during your time at Okinawa.
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