January 18, 2011

Nature Japan - Exploring Caves

The caves of Inazumi in Oita Prefecture were naturally formed and contain some of the purest water in Japan. People come from all over not only to see them, but to collect water and take it back home. One of the local restaurants even exclusively serves its water. I recommend a visit, they are amazing and 18 degrees Celsius all-year-round. Great in the summer!  The network of caves is broken into two branches with each measuring around 200 meters in length.  Below is a description in Japanese as posted on the official website:
 稲積水中鍾乳洞は3億年前の古生代に形成され、 30万年前の阿蘇火山大噴火により水没し現在の形を形成しました。
   洞内には水中鍾乳石や珊瑚石、ベルホール、ヘリクタイトなどが 数多く見られる世界的にも珍しい水中鍾乳洞です。
無数の鍾乳石、水深 40mをこえる深渕、未知の洞奥から湧き出る清流、 その清らかな水が、千変万化の美をおりなし 水中鍾乳洞のコントラストは訪れる人たちを幻想の世界へ導いてくれます。

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