Hiraodai karst plateau / kitakyushu–city
One of the three largest in Japan along with the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau and the Shikoku Karst.
It is located in southeastern part of Kitakyushu-city.
At altitudes between 400 and 600 meters above sea level and stretching 6 km from north to south
and 2 km from east to west.
Yougunbaru, which was so names because of the limestone which stands in row like a flock of sheep
in a vast meadow, dolines (conical hollows) and limestone caves create distinctive scenery.
Hiraodai Limestone Caves / Kitakyushu–city
There are three limestone Caves in Hiraodai Karst and each cave has different unique feature.
Senbutsu limestone cave
Literally means 1,000 Buddha Cave, is the largest of the caves in Hiraodai Last Plateau,
extending about 900 m while meandering toward the northeast. The shape of the cave is narrow,
narrow ceiling ravine with a maximum width of 10 m and a maximum ceiling height of 15 m.
Approximately 30 large and small stalactites hang down at the entrance, giving a spectacular scenery. Abundant groundwater still continues to erode in the cave.
Mejiro limestone Cave
It is the longest cave in Hiraodai Karst, over 2 km in length.
The highlight of this cave is the monolithic ceiling which is a very unique structure as a
Ojika limestone cave
The cave is called footfall of dinosaurs. It is the very rare cave in Japan; the entrance is vertical
pit with 25 meter, when getting down to the bottom, you follow the underground horizontal cave
and you can see the hidden aspects of Hiraodai Karst.
It is the only wetland in Fukuoka Prefecture, located 600 meters west from Seiryu Cave and
2,500 m east from Hiraodai Nature Observation Center. The wetland is an important part of
Hiraodai Karst landform, offering a variety of wetland plant life such as the Sagiso (rein orchis),
Tokiso (pogonia), and Nohanasyobu (iris).
Hibikinada Biotope / Kitakyushu-city
Japan’s largest Biotope, the Pradise of creatures made over the year in the waste disposal site.
237 kind of birds including circus spinouts listed on the Japan’s endangered species and 284 kind
of vegetation have been confirmed in the Biotope of 41 hectares.
Suggested Study tour plans in Kitakyushu