Beat the heat of Tokyo with a trip to the Nippara Limestone Caves

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Although the Nippara Limestone Caves are scarce on delicate and intricate formations, taking a few breaks to enjoy the breathtaking view of the ancient stalactites and stalagmites is an enjoyable experience. ALLEN ONSTOTT/STARS AND STRIPES
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Although the Nippara Limestone Caves are scarce on delicate and intricate formations, taking a few breaks to enjoy the breathtaking view of the ancient stalactites and stalagmites is an enjoyable experience. ALLEN ONSTOTT/STARS AND STRIPES

Beat the heat of Tokyo with a trip to the Nippara Limestone Caves

by: Allen Onstott | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 11, 2018

Far from the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo lie the Nippara Limestone Caves — featuring one of the largest caves in the Kanto region, formed millions of years ago, which now draws visitors seeking a cool escape from the city.

Located in the mountainous Okutama region of western Tokyo, the Nippara Limestone Caves are reachable in 90 minutes by car from Yokota Air Base or 2 ½ hours via public transportation from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station.

The caves remain at around 52 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius) — making these natural wonders a perfect respite from the hot, humid Tokyo summers.

The drive to the caves is its own adventure, taking travelers along mountain roads that wind through several small towns surrounded by lush greenery. A portion of the journey includes a drive through Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, which covers nearly 480 square miles and contains numerous hiking trails, as well as several shrines.

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