Kin, Okinawa Island.
Okinawa Expressway, Kin exit.
All year daily 9-20.
Last food served at 23.
Adults JPY 800, Children (6-12) JPY 500, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (10+): Adults JPY 500, Children (6-12) JPY 300.
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Address:||Kingutakosu, Gold Cave Café and Bonsai Garden, 4272-1 Kin, Kunigami District, Okinawa 904-1201, Tel: +81-98-968-3546. E-mail:|
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The weird 鍾乳洞、盆栽庭園＆カフェ ゴールドホール (Shōnyūdō, Bonsai Teien & Kafe Gōrudohōru, Limestone Cave, Bonsai Garden & Café Gold Hall) is a café with bonsai garden, located in the middle of Kin Town, on top of a steep cliff overlooking the city and offering a view to the sea. This is definitely not a normal show cave. The café is built into the garden with many weird artworks and desks and tables made of driftwood, found at the beach and collected by the grandfather of the current owner. There are antique objects, buddhas and modern art, and there are trails through the bonsai garden below showing even more strange artworks and virtually thousands of well-kept bonsais. The cliff face is full of karst caves with speleothems, which are integrated into the whole ensemble. The cave chambers are used for meditation and as temple, to store goods and as part of the shop.
Access to the cafe is from the road in the north and there is also a parking lot. It looks like the outside of a bunker, no way to look in and a little run down. But once you're inside, that changes, because it's very neat and lies somewhere between kitschy and brilliant. And when you finally reach the other side of the building and the hanging garden on the almost vertical cliff face with the lush vegetation and the great view, you know that this place alone is worth the trip to Okinawa.