Nippara shonyudo

Nippara Limestone Cave - Hihara Limestone Cave

Useful Information

Location: Nippara, Okutama-machi, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo.
Bus from Okutama Station on the JR Ome Line. Weekday: 5-minute walk from Nippara Shonyudo bus stop. Weekend and holiday: 20-minute walk from Higashi Nippara bus stop.
(35.8526254003968, 139.04076832644017)
Open: APR to NOV daily 8-17.
DEC to MAR daily 8:30-16:30.
Closed 30-DEC to 03-JAN.
Fee: Adults JPY 800, Children (15-17) JPY 800, Children (12-14) JPY 600, Children (6-11) JPY 500.
Groups (25+): Adults JPY 700, Children (15-17) JPY 700, Children (12-14) JPY 500, Children (6-11) JPY 400.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave Speleologyriver cave.
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=1,270 m, T=11 °C.
Guided tours: L=800 m, D=40 min.
Photography: allowed
Address: Nippara shonyudo, 1052 Nippara, Okutama-machi, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo, Tel: +81-428-83-8491.
Nippara Landscape Preservation Association (Nippara Hoshokai), Tel: +81-428-83-2099, Fax: +81-428-83-8352. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies in question if you need more recent info.



Nippara shonyudo (Nippara Limestone Cave) is a sacred site since the early Edo period. The cave is one of the biggest in the Kanto region and famous for its beauty. The cave entrance is the resurgence of a cave river, the entrance for the visitors is located right above in a fossil level of the cave. The most impressive part of the cave is the main chamber which is really spacious. Unfortunately it is equipped with coloured LED light.

Nippara Cave is also written Hihara Cave or Hibara Cave, obviously there are completely different transliterations. We are at a loss how this name is actually pronounced.