If you’re looking for the perfect day trip in Gunma, look no further than Fujido Cave. Located in the southern-most tip of Gunma, this cave is the largest in the Kanto region and is known to attract nature-starved Tokyoites and outdoor adventurers alike.
The length of the cave is roughly 2 kilometers and takes approximately 40 minutes to walk through. You’ll see impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and other handsome rock formations with profound names such as “Lotus Tower,” “Pilgrim’s Staff,” and “Woman’s Changeroom.” Look out for the occasional bat as it flaps by overhead! No special footwear is required, but it’s a bit slippery in some places, so be sure to watch your step!
After emerging from the caves, why not check out the nearby Skybridge? Skybridge is a suspension bridge, spanning a valley 90 meters above the ground. In summer (and on weekends in the fall), the bridge’s built-in bubble machines release thousands of bubbles for your viewing/popping/frolicking pleasure. The daily event lasts 15 minutes; start times are 11:00, 13:00, and 15:00.
Hours: 9:00 – 17:30 (In winter the caves are closed early… call to inquire the exact time.)
Admission: ¥600. Buy tickets inside the little souvenir shop facing the Skybridge. The path leading up to the entrance of the cave is behind the shop.
Access: The only way to get to the caves is by car, as the bus service to this area is laughably poor. If you must use public transport, take the JR Takasaki line to Shin-machi station and take the 2 hour bus ride to Uenomura Yakuba (Ueno-mura town hall). From there, it’s an hour and fifteen minute walk.
For more information, visit Uenomura’s tourist info website (Japanese only).