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Okutama Nippara Cave

Filed under: — Andy @ 10:21 pm

For yet another wonderful day off I took a trip to Okutama to go spelunking in Nippara cave. Okutama is located in the westernmost part of Tokyo prefecture, but it is unlike Tokyo in that it is full of nature and clean air, yet not full of people. The hardest part is actually getting out to Okutama. You have to change trains twice at the end of their respective lines, and it takes about an hour and a half. Then another 30 minute bus ride to the cave itself. The nature in the area was very beautiful and I did a bit of hiking before going to the cave. As I have been to many a cave, I pretty much knew what to expect inside. The temperature in the cave was pretty cold and there was water dripping from the ceiling everywhere. I took my time exploring and going through the cave, and the whole journey took about 40 minutes. The cave was not one of the greatest I have been to but it was interesting nonetheless. I enjoyed the narrow steep paths, the cold air, and the different areas and shrines within. Afterwards I went to a fishing area nearby, but unfortunately didn’t have enough time to go fishing. I still ate some freshly caught fish on a stick that was really good.

Some hiking in Okutama before the cave…

The cave. The rock face in the background was pretty amazing as well.

Inside the cave. Most of the other pictures didn’t turn out very well.

Fishing area..

Freshly caught and skewred.


  1. Spelunktastic.

    Comment by Mr Redmond Barry — 9/5/2005 @ 12:02 am
  2. shrines in caves?

    Comment by 賢 — 9/5/2005 @ 12:41 pm
  3. The clarity of some of your close-ups is astounding, what camera do you use?

    I’m in the market for a new one now that my Olympus ate it. Can’t blame it though, it withstood countless punk shows (including being inside the mosh pit), 2 foot drops and even typhoon gales when I was in Kyoto.

    Comment by JStandard — 9/9/2005 @ 11:08 am
  4. Did you catch the fish?

    Comment by Edwin — 9/20/2005 @ 3:57 am
  5. Yes, Shrines in caves.
    I have a Pentax S40, but I want a new one now. Mine is 1 year old already.
    No, I didn’t catch the fish.

    Comment by Andy — 9/20/2005 @ 6:10 pm

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