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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.


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 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, and is one of the

largest tideland in the Seto Inland Sea. 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.


Map of Kitakyushu



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