VIDEO| Explore depths of Okinawa at Matsuda Shonyudo caves

VIDEO| Explore depths of Okinawa at Matsuda Shonyudo caves

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Matsuda Shonyudo, a group of large caves in Ginoza Village, offers opportunities to try your hand at spelunking or cave exploration. These caves are on the island's eastern coast, in the same municipality which hosts the Camp Hansen and Camp Schwab training ranges.

An afternoon having a “big adventure to an underworld” is a great way to cool off and explore another side of the island. The limestone caves are full of stalactites, underground waterways and more. While you’re there, keep an eye out for some of the many creatures that call Matsuda Shonyudo like bats and prawn.

Make sure to call and reserve a guide before your visit. Stay cool and get ready for an adventure on the island!


Matsuda Koryu Taiken Center (tourist reception center for the cave tour)

GPS Coordinates: N 26.4931709, E 127.9927567                                   

Mastuda Shonyuudo Taiken Course (Cave tour, 2-hour course)

Fees: 5,500 yen (high school student and over), 4,500 yen (between middle school-aged and 10 years of age)  

*The above fees are for customers who join the tour as a group of two or more. Those who participate alone are subject to an additional 1,000-yen fee.

*The fees cover the cost for a tour guide, insurance, rentals of a headlight, a helmet, boots, gloves, a pair of overalls, and a plastic bottle holder.

*There is also a 1-hour course available (3,500 yen for high school students and above, 2,500 yen for between middle school-aged and 5 years of age)

*Free parking available (7 vehicles).


For reservation, contact the center at 098-989-8100 or Make a reservation by noon on the eve of your visit. The tours are subject to cancellation depending upon the weather.

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