Akiyoshidai karst viewing platform
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Akiyoshidai karst viewing platform

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Akiyoshidai Kokutei Kōen is a Quasi-National Park in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. It was founded on 1 November 1955 and has an area of 45.02 km².

It includes part of the Akiyoshi plateau (Akiyoshidai), a 130 square kilometre area of karst topography, as well as over 400 limestone caves, including Japan’s longest cave, the Akiyoshidō, which has the additional status of a Special Natural Monument. The area is rated a protected landscape (category Ib) according to the IUCN. Like all Quasi-National Parks in Japan, the park is managed by the local prefectural government.

The Akiyoshidai Groundwater System is a Ramsar Site and wetland of international importance.

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A: Akiyoshi Cave - Gold Column

by Kazutoyo IMAMURA, 550 meters away

Akiyoshi Cave is shown with a sightseeing road of approximately 1km in the eastern part of Mine-shi, ...

Akiyoshi Cave - Gold Column

B: Akiyoshi Cave - Chimachida

by Kazutoyo IMAMURA, 620 meters away

Akiyoshi Cave is shown with a sightseeing road of approximately 1km in the eastern part of Mine-shi, ...

Akiyoshi Cave - Chimachida

C: Akiyoshi Cave - a hundred dishes

by Kazutoyo IMAMURA, 810 meters away

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Akiyoshi Cave - a hundred dishes

D: Akiyoshi Cave - Entrance - inside

by Kazutoyo IMAMURA, 880 meters away

Akiyoshi Cave is shown with a sightseeing road of approximately 1km in the eastern part of Mine-shi, ...

Akiyoshi Cave - Entrance - inside

E: Akiyoshi Cave - The Blue Ceiling

by Kazutoyo IMAMURA, 880 meters away

Akiyoshi Cave is shown with a sightseeing road of approximately 1km in the eastern part of Mine-shi, ...

Akiyoshi Cave - The Blue Ceiling

F: Akiyoshi Cave - Entrance - outside

by Kazutoyo IMAMURA, 900 meters away

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Akiyoshi Cave - Entrance - outside

G: Akiyoshidai Campground(5)

by Kazutoyo IMAMURA, 6.1 km away

The Akiyoshidai campground is a genuine campground. There are Kagekiyodo-limestonecave, Kagekiyodo tr...

Akiyoshidai Campground(5)

H: Akiyoshidai Campground(4)

by Kazutoyo IMAMURA, 6.2 km away

The Akiyoshidai campground is a genuine campground. There are Kagekiyodo-limestonecave, Kagekiyodo tr...

Akiyoshidai Campground(4)

I: Akiyoshidai Campground(1)

by Kazutoyo IMAMURA, 6.2 km away

The Akiyoshidai campground is a genuine campground. There are Kagekiyodo-limestonecave, Kagekiyodo tr...

Akiyoshidai Campground(1)

J: Akiyoshidai Campground(3)

by Kazutoyo IMAMURA, 6.3 km away

The Akiyoshidai campground is a genuine campground. There are Kagekiyodo-limestonecave, Kagekiyodo tr...

Akiyoshidai Campground(3)

This panorama was taken in Japan

This is an overview of Japan

The eight islands of Japan sprang into existence through Divine Intervention.

The first two gods who came into existence were Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto, the Exalted Male and Exalted Female. It was their job to make the land for people to live on.

They went to the bridge between heaven and earth and, using a jewel-encrusted halberd, Izanagi and Izanami churned up the sea into a frothy foam. As salty drips of water fell from the tip of the halberd the first island was formed. Its name was Onogoro.

So far, so good. But when Izanagi and Izanami first met on their island, Izanami spoke to Isanagi without being spoken to first. Since she was the female, and this was improper, their first union created badly-formed offspring who were sent off into the sea in boats.

The next time they met, Izanagi was sure to speak first, ensuring the proper rules were followed, and this time they produced eight children, which became the islands of Japan.

I'm sure you did not fail to miss the significance of this myth for the establishment of Japanese formal society.

At present, Japan is the financial capital of Asia. It has the second largest economy in the world and the largest metropolitan area (Tokyo.)

Technically there are three thousand islands making up the Japanese archipelago. Izanagi and Izanami must have been busy little devils with their jewelled halberd...

Japan's culture is highly technical and organized. Everything sparkles and swooshes on silent, miniaturized mechanisms.

They're a world leader in robotics, and the Japanese have the longest life-expectancy on earth.

Text by Steve Smith.

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