The extensive karst plateau will deeply impress you! Feel the astonishing power of nature in a limestone cave
Hiraodai is one of Japan's three greatest karst plateaus, and designated as a natural monument, a national park and a prefectural natural park.
This area dotted with limestone, 300 to 700 meters above sea level, 6 kilometers long north to south, and 2 kilometers wide east to west, is also popular as a trekking course, abundant with precious natural features, including extraordinarily shaped rocks, such as the Lion Rock and the kissing rocks, and a "high-spirit tree" growing from limestone.
Various ways of enjoying this area await you: Hiraodai Countryside Park, where you can try soba-making, pottery-making, etc.; sightseeing caves, such as the Senbutsu limestone cave, the Mejirodo cave, and the Ojikado cave; and the "caving experience," whereby you can experience natural caves as they are.
|Address||Hiraodai, Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyushu City|
|Access||Approx. 15 min. by taxi from JR Ishihara Station
Approx. 25 min. by car from the Yokoshiro Exit of the Kitakyushu Urban Expressway
|Tel||Hiraodai Countryside Park / Caving - Tel.: 093-452-2715
Hiraodai Nature Observation Center - Tel.: 093-453-3737
Senbutsu Limestone Cave - Tel.: 093-451-0368
Mejiro Limestone Cave - Tel.: 093-451-6315 (general information)
Ojika Limestone Cave - Tel.: 093-451-0165
|Website||Hiraodai Countryside Park's website: http://www.hiraodai.jp/sato/english/index.html
Hiraodai Nature Observation Center's website: http://www.hiraodai.jp/hnoc/
Senbutsu Limestone Cave's website: http://www.senbutsu-cave.com/index.html
Mejiro Limestone Cave's website: http://mejiro-cave.com/