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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.