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Hida Great Limestone Cave (Takayama, Japan)

A dream-like world in the highest limestone cave in Japan.

Located 900 meters above sea level, the Hida Great Limestone Cave is the highest limestone cave in all of Japan. Stretching over 800 meters, this cave was created over 250 million years ago. Although normally dark, the caverns are lit up with colorful lights that make for a dream-like view while exploring the maze-like tunnels. Be sure to look out for helictites, a rare type of curved stalactite that can be found here, when you visit!

Local Travel Tips

If you’re visiting Takayama City during the summer, be sure to visit the caves to cool off! The temperatures in the cave stay around 12°C year round! There are also 3 main cave sections to explore in the cave, with each section averaging 10-minutes or so. If you need a break, or are traveling with smaller children, you can use the exits after each section.


English Address 

1147 Nyukawacho Hiyomo, Takayama, Gifu 506-2256

Japanese Address

〒506-2256 岐阜県高山市丹生川町日面1147


April -October

8:00 – 17:00

November – March

9:00 – 16:00


The Hida Great Limestone Cave is a 30-minute bus ride from JR Takayama Station. Disembark at Shounyudo-guchi bus stop, and from there you can take a free shuttle bus to the caves.

Where to stay

To get the best access to Hida Great Limestone Cave and other local attractions, we recommend staying at an accommodation with access to JR Takayama Station.


The perfect mix of traditional and modern, this accommodation property near Takayama Old Town is just an 8-minute walk from JR Takayama Station.  Choose to stay in a western-style room or a Japanese tatami room complete with futon beds.  For groups, try the spacious loft rooms!


For a more luxurious stay in Takayama City, rather than a hotel, stay in a traditional machiya house!  Just a few steps from the historical Takayama Old Town, THE MACHIYA HANARE is a private Japanese holiday house available to one group per day.  Completely private, with a hinoki wood Japanese bathtub and modern kitchen, you’ll love the views from the liviing room and balconey! 

Post Date : 2022/07/21、 Last updated :
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