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Natural Art Created By The Waves: Nanatsugama Caves In Karatsu
  • Natural Art Created By The Waves: Nanatsugama Caves In Karatsu

Natural Art Created By The Waves: Nanatsugama Caves In Karatsu

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Nanatsugama Caves is a series of caves in Karatsu City, Saga prefecture. You will be amazed by the breathtaking view of the caves on a sheer rocky cliff.

Translated by Tomoka Aono

Written by Maki

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Nanatsugama Caves is a series of caves in Karatsu City, Saga prefecture which can be found at the tip of the peninsula facing the Sea of Japan. You will be amazed by the breathtaking view of the caves on a sheer rocky cliff. It’s a mystic scenery created by mother nature.

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Natural Artwork Made by Rough Waves and Strong Currents

Saga faces the Genkai-nada or Genkai Sea which runs along the coast of Saga and Fukuoka prefectures. The Tsushima Current passes through here, making this an area where you can see rough waves with strong winds during winter.

These rough waves have carved the Nanatsugama Caves. Nanatsugama literally means “Seven Pots”, but it is said there are more than seven caves in total.

The Nanatsugama Caves are so unique that the site was recognized as a National Natural Treasure in 1925. The caves can be seen from different places like viewing decks and pleasure boats, which are popular among tourists who visit Karatsu City.

Exploring Inside the Caves by Pleasure Boat

The pleasure boat to visit Nanatsugama Caves leaves from Yobuko Port in Karatsu City and the tour takes 40 minutes round trip.

Once you are on the open sea, the strong waves hit the boat and splashes of water come over the sides. The boat rolls quite a bit, which makes you feel as if you were on a roller coaster. If you get motion sick, make sure to take your medicine before taking this tour.

After 20 minutes of the rocking boat-ride, you see can see the caves on the sheer rocky cliff.

This is part of the Nanatsugama caves. These basalt column-like structures formed through the volcanic eruptions in the area. The largest cave has a 3 meter high entrance and reaches a depth of roughly 110 meters.

The pleasure boat goes through the biggest cave entrance with ease.

On this tour, not only from outside but also from within the cave you can observe the mysterious patterns of the basalt rocks. The pounding of the waves has meant the continued erosion of these rocks even today.

This area is only accessible during low tide, but you can go further inside the cave during high tide.

The rocks above your head look like thick fish scales. You can really feel the awesome power of nature there.

After 10 minutes of exploration, the boat leaves from the Nanatsugama Caves and heads back to the port.

You can actually pass completely through to the other side from the leftmost cave by a small boat too.

Wonderful Scenery of Nanatsugama Caves from Viewing Point

Don’t worry if you are a bad sailor who would rather stay on land. You can still enjoy the beautiful scenery of Nanatsugama Caves from the viewing point for free.

The area over the caves has a neat park and paths where you can look down the Nanatsugama Caves.

Here you can see a crowd gathered at the viewing point to take a look at the magnificent sight of the caves.

This is it. You will be impressed with the scenery right in front of you, the beautiful contrast of the blue ocean and rough caves.

Here you can touch the basalt rocks that you find inside the caves.

Which one do you want to experience, the close-up look of the caves from the pleasure boat or the panoramic view of the caves facing the blue ocean from the viewing point? Both are so overwhelming and mystical that you will surely be moved by either sight.
Please visit the Nanatsugama Caves, a unique and bizarre spot of natural beauty.

Information

Genkai Quasi-National Park Nanatsugama Caves

Address: Saga, Karatsu, Yakataishi Genkai Quasi-National Park
Closed: Open 365 days
Wi-fi:-
Nearest Station: Nanatsugama Iriguchi (七ツ釜入り口) Bus stop, Shōwa Bus
Access:
-Take the bus from Karatsu-shi Ōteguchi Bus Center bound for Abiko via Minato. Get off at Nanatsugama Iriguchi bus stop and walk for 20 minutes.
-Take a taxi from Karatsu Station (唐津駅) of JR Karatsu Line/Chikuhi Line, which takes about 20 minutes.
Price Range: Free
Phone Number:0955-72-9127(Tourism Office of Karatsu City)
Homepage: Nanatsugama Caves

"Ikamaru" boat cruise

Address: Saga, Karatsu, Yobuko-cho, Yobuko, Yobuko port
Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: During rough weather (typhoons)
Wi-fi: -
Other Languages: -
Nearest Station: Yobuko (呼子) Bus stop, Shōwa Bus
Access:
-Take the bus from Karatsu-shi Ōteguchi Bus Center bound for Abiko via Minato. Get off at Yobuko bus stop.
-Take a taxi from Karatsu Station (唐津駅) of JR Karatsu Line/Chikuhi Line, which takes about 20 minutes.
Price Range: Adult 1,600 yen / Child 800 yen
Phone Number: 0955-82-3001
Homepage: Marine Pal Yobuko

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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