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Discover the charms of Narusawa Ice Cave, Yamanashi’s spectacular natural monument

The Narusawa Ice Cave (Narusawa Hyoketsu) is designated as a natural monument of Japan and is located in Yamanashi prefecture, near Mount Fuji. It is a concentric-vertical cave and is 153 m long.

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The average temperature inside the cave is around 3 degrees celsius, which is cold enough to keep the cave covered with ice all year long.

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The highlights of the Narusawa Ice Cave are the ice pillars, formed by water slowly dripping from the ceiling.

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The cave was formed by flows of lava from a massive volcanic eruption 1130 years ago.

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The ceiling is low, so watch your head. Helmets are available for free use at the counter, are are recommended.

Fugaku Wind Cave & Narusawa Ice Cave

Admission: 350 yen for adults, 200 yen for elementary-age children
Hours: Generally 9:00 - 17:15 (both weekdays and holidays), but check their website below for any changes before visiting.

Directions: The nearest train station is Kawaguchiko Station on the Fujikyuko Line. From there take a bus bound for Shimobe Onsen Kyo, and get off at the Hyoketsu bus stop. From there it's 10 minutes on foot to the cave.

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