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Genbudo Cave Park - Discovery point of Earth’s Reverse Polarity

Genbudo Cave Park
Genbudo Cave Park consists of five caves, four of which are named after the four gods of the four directions. The caves were formed 1.6 million years ago when the lava from a volcanic explosion cooled forming beautiful columnar joints that resemble a honeycomb pattern. The caves were designated as national natural monuments in 1931. The area is also well known as being the place where Quaternary reversed polarity was first discovered.
Points of Interest
Walk along the paved path to all five of the caves. The caves in order from north to south are Kita Suzaku, Minami Suzaku, Byakko, Genbudou, and Seiryuu. Other than Genbudo, the other caves are named after the four gods of the four directions.
Rock formations. If you look at the tips of the columnar joints you will see that they are shaped like hexagonal prisms. The stones use to be mined by local people but has since been baned as the caves have been designated a natural monument of Japan.
INFORMATION
1339, Akaishi, Toyooka, Hyogo
You can access Genbudou Cave Park from Kinosaki Onsen Station by: Car/taxi (10min), bicycle (40min) or take the local train to Genbudou Station (trains and times are limited) and then take a boat (does not operate in bad weather) from Genbudou Station across the river to the park.
Genbudou Cave Park Museum(Japanese Only)
The park is open year round.
Genbudo Museum is open 9am to 5pm daily.
The park is free and open to the public.
The entrance fee to the museum is 600JPY(adults) and 300JPY for children.
1339, Akaishi, Toyooka, Hyogo
You can access Genbudou Cave Park from Kinosaki Onsen Station by: Car/taxi (10min), bicycle (40min) or take the local train to Genbudou Station (trains and times are limited) and then take a boat (does not operate in bad weather) from Genbudou Station across the river to the park.
Genbudou Cave Park Museum(Japanese Only)
The park is open year round.
Genbudo Museum is open 9am to 5pm daily.
The park is free and open to the public.
The entrance fee to the museum is 600JPY(adults) and 300JPY for children.
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