Explore the most popular Cave trails in Japan with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It's a really relaxing trip down the river and through the tunnels! I would recommend to start from Namaze Station had the feeling that you had more opportunities to take pictures and also were able to walk. The trip takes about 2 hours. After you reached Takaedo Station don't just take the train back to Osaka(!) there is an Onsen close by in a hotel, but it's just open from 1am to 3pm and cost about 1.800¥. I wasn't able to try it, but the reception in my hostel said that it's worth it!

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scramble
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I would recommend this one to anyone who wants to see all the beauty around mt Fuji, would advise caution around the caves, and to watch your footing

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rocky
3 months ago

Hard to find entrance, need to walk into the education centre grounds, through the main building, down the stairs, down the driveway to the rear of the grounds. You’ll then find a large red arrow that points into the forest, follow that. Had to get a local groundskeeper to assist us with finding it. To be clear, the entrance is a bit of a walk down the very back of the education center grounds. Education center being the the large prison looking building next to the castle ruins. Good luck and happy trailing!

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rocky
4 months ago

Great hike! Only wish it we're longer! For those looking for the start, walk along the road just down from the parking lot-- the opposite way of the castle. Turn right through the gate and make your way down the drive. You'll pass a section labeled "B" then hit the trail head. Left takes you on one trail that is ok. Right takes you on this one and comes out by the castle. Kids loved it and so did I. Little bit of climbing, some cave areas and lots of rock. Can get slippery so I suggest good shoes.

Fun, beautiful and pretty quick

Did it about a month ago with 4 kiddos, 11, 9, 7, and 10 months (in hiking carrier). Great adventure, with a few tiny crevices made for interesting maneuvering with baby in pack! Getting to the castle ruins and the awesome breeze was a perfect finale!

One of my favorite trails on Okinawa! I keep going back for more! Pretty easy hike and full of pretty scenery.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this trail! Just bought new boots and this was a little break-in hike. If you are more mature or have knee issues, a hiking stick would be a bonus. Dog friendly. Beautiful. And very peaceful on a Sunday in January.

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bugs
over grown
7 months ago

Easy trail. Fun with some nice view points. Weather was nice out so didn’t overheat. Lots of bugs, banana spiders and overgrown paths.

A great hike for me and my wife, twin 11 and a 10 year old boy(s)! My boys liked the rope climbing and going through caves. a nice castle ruin at the end. Bring good treaded shoes or hiking shoes and bug spray. Best to use a camel back or back pack for water, you’ll definitely want to be hands free when trekking through this hike.

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rocky
7 months ago

Loop Trail is a little hard to find but once you are on it, there are markers. There is some minor climbing but we were able to do it with 4 kids (ages 2, 6, 9 and 11) 2 year old was on my back but 6 year old had no problems. Fun short trail.

hiking
9 months ago

We had a good hike up. It had rained 2 days before and trail was slippery in spots. I loved all the different butterflies we saw. We made an error and returned on what looks like a road on the map, but it is years overgrown. We bushwhacked it though and made it out. Don’t get fooled with small blue or red 2x2’s on the ground as they appear to be markers to grave/tombs. I did not see the rocks with the purple arrows mentioned in Alyx’s post.

hiking
11 months ago

This was such a fun hike. We got a little lost but oriented once we hit the café. I took my 4 & 3 year old to do some bug catching and exploring; it was not disappointing. It was a great hike. Definitely take water and a walking stick for the spider webs.

hiking
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A beautiful walk through bamboo and forest. I was able to find the multiple geocache hidden here. I didn’t make is all the way to the far end since the geocache was towards the middle of the hike. Will definitely come back to explore.

trail running
Thursday, June 14, 2018

One of my favorite routes to run! We currently have it marked with purple arrow painted rocks (from the Explore Okinawa free group on Facebook) but it’s fairly manageable to find, even if someone swipes a rock! Enjoy the views ! Be sure to take the extra set of stairs closer to Onno no Eki market to get to see more ruins, an amazing view, and a hidden cave! Kids and dogs can conquer this hike even though the full route is around 4 miles, just pack plenty of water for the Okinawa heat!

hiking
Thursday, June 14, 2018

One of my favorite “easy” trails on Okinawa. Great for kids, and leashed puppies (a rarity that a trail is dog friendly)! Consider your puppies paws first as the rocks are sharp so make sure they are used to hiking! Lots of payoff, for a slightly less than a mile hike, you see a ton of beautiful things including but not limited to, small caves, memorials, a castle ruins, and an amazing tree (you’ll know it when you see it)! Enjoy, be safe, and as always please be respectful! Join the free Facebook group Explore Okinawa to join our hiking expeditions and enjoy an amazing cafe after!

hiking
Monday, June 11, 2018

The rope bridge at the very beginning of the trail was really fun although the second part seemed suspect. The trail was well marked and easy to navigate. I also enjoyed the many caves and rock walkthroughs. The birds nest near the end was also a great photo op. Lastly, the castle ruins at the end makes this one of the funnest trails I've completed.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Great trail... great view at the observatory. There are a few narrow spots and a few places where the forest is overgrown a little. We took an 8 year old, a 5 year old and a 2 year old; they all did fine.

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