‘Shuhodo’ also known as ‘Akiyosido’, stretching underground on the westernmost tip of Honshu the main island of Japan, is a representative limestone cave in the country.
This limestone cave in Yamaguchi Prefecture had been regarded as the object of worship of rainmaking rite since it was mentioned in a document in the 14th century. After that, since the country entered a modern era in the 20th century, the cave has been developed for sightseers. Various kinds of facilities for tourists, such as illuminators, an elevator and a long footpath, were installed.
Inside of it is opened to the public, where strange view formed by the limestone and acid rain can be seen everywhere. ‘Hyakumaizara’ one-hundred plates in the picture above and ‘Koganebashira’ golden pillar in the picture below are the symbolic attractions of this place.
By Masahisa Takaki.
SHUHODO VISITOR CENTER
Shuhocho Akiyoshi, Mine, Yamaguchi
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