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Geography learning in Kitakyushu-city



Geography is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitants,

and phenomena of Earth.  Kitakyushu has unique geographical features, therefore Earth

and its human and natural complexities and also how they have changed and come to

be can be learned.



Hiraodai karst plateau 

One of the three largest in Japan along with the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau and the Shikoku Karst. 

It is located in south-eastern 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.  



Hiraodai Limestone Caves 

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 limestone caves.




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.



Hirotani Wetland

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).


Sone Tideland

Sone tideland facing the Seto Inland Sea from Sone, in Kitakyushu-city and is one of the

largest tideland in the Seto Inland Sea ; it is about 5 km offshore with an area of about 517 ha.

The tideland is the home to some 326 species of benthic animals in the tidal flat, including a

handful of endangered species, like the ancient horseshoe crab that has not changed since the

age of dinosaurs. Several endangered birds are seen during the summer, like the Saunders’s

Gulls, Eastern Marsh Harrier, and the Intermediate Egret.



Hibikinada Biotope

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.



 - Study tour in Kitakyushu