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In session Ryusendo Cave Winter Event 2018-2019

This year, Ryusendo Cave will hold various winter events as well! The popular “Ryusendo Cave Great Adventure” offers adult courses and children’s courses. The Ryusendo concert which will be held in the Imperial Palace inside the cave, invites the artists called *Hana-oto* from Iwate prefecture.  Don`t you want to make some unforgettable memories for this winter vacation with the big event “Night Caving”? There are also other new events, such as illumination set up inside the cave. Please enjoy the Ryusendo Cave in this special time of the year.

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This event has ended. Ryusendo Cave’s Traditional Autumn Festival

The Ryusendo Cave's Traditional Autumn Festival, which was scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 7, was canceled considering the influence of Typhoon 25 approach.

Sincere apology to everyone who was planning to participate in the festival. However, the Ryusendo Cave is scheduled to open normally.

Main Event

Ryusendo Cave Festival

Known in the old days as the Shizugawa Shrine Festival, today’s Ryusendo Cave Festival celebrates gratitude for the crystal-clear water springing out of the Cave, while offering prayers for the continuing protection of these water resources – and conveying a spirit of appreciation for the forest that nurtures this gift of water.

The events include a safety prayer ceremony to express gratitude for the purity of Ryusendo Cave’s water, performances of the town’s distinctive folk entertainment, and Mochi-maki (tossing rice-cakes together with noveties among guests).
Being held in the Golden Week, the festival becomes very crowded with throngs of tourists, as well as locals.

Ryusendo Cave Summer Festival

The summer festival’s biggest attraction is its grill which you can enjoy Iwaizumi’s famous specialty – Iwaizumi Tankaku-gyu (Iwaizumi shorthorn beef). The grill is so popular that visitors begin queuing up even before it opens!

Other programs include a special guided tour by a researcher(s) of the Speleology Research Institute, folkloric performances and also live music.
All the while, Iwaizumi Town’s specialties will be sold by the town’s traders.
In recent years, there have been marketing programs such as social networking service (SNS) incentive promotions to encourage visitor referrals to Ryusendo.

Ryusendo Cave Autumn Festival

Jointly organized by Iwaizumi Town’s “Matsutake (pine mushroom) Huts (producer outlets)” and the “Oyster Huts” of Yamada Town, Ryusendo is where you can enjoy these autumnal delicacies.
The town’s other vendors also sell unique autumnal dishes, such as salmon soup and mushrooms.
In addition, the program includes a special guide by a researcher(s) of the Speleology Research Institute, the performances of the folk art/entertainment and also music playing.

In recent years, in cooperation with the Rest House and Café Ponte, we sell specialty products of Iwaizumi and Yamada, and provide special menu dishes.

Regular Events at Ryusendo Cave

Illuminations Limited to the Winter Season

December 1 to December 31
※ It may be extended.

The area around Ryusendo’s common area and also the cave itself decorate with eye-catching illuminations.
The First Underground Lake is illuminated to give the illusion of a romantic blue tunnel, and the Ryusendo Dragon Bridge also has illumination and it creates the most fantastic scenery.

Ryusendo Cave Great Adventure

Mid-December to late March
※ It may be extended.

This adventure involves looking for the key to treasure hidden in Ryusendo Cave while also solving riddles.
Find the key, open the treasure box, and discover the wonderful treasure that is waiting for you!
You can bring in a secret gift and hide it. It`s an ideal birthday president for a child or an anniversary surprise for friends and couples.
Courses and riddles are different year by year, and there are courses such as “children’s course”, “adults’ course”, and “couple’s course”.

Bat Watching

Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays from December 1 to March 31.
Session (1) from 11 am, and Session (2) from 2 pm

It can be hard to find hibernating bats, even though they may be hanging just close by.
During this hibernation period only, a special staff guide shows you the bat’s secret whereabouts in the cave.

Cave Concert

One or two days
between mid-February to mid-March.

Taking full advantage of the cave’s acoustic effects, various concerts have been performed.
Thus far, a wide variety of music genres have been staged, for example, flamenco, violin, ocarina, and even whistling. The cave’s fantastic space – as well as its beautiful acoustics – greatly impressed both visitors and performers alike.

Photo Exhibition

February 1 to late March

Collecting photos of Ryusendo Cave under a new theme determined each year, we display rare and unusual images.
Previous exhibitions have shown photos of Ryusendo Cave in the old days, areas of the cave not accessible to the public, etc.
Each of these different annual themes help visitors to enjoy the hidden charms of Ryusendo Cave.

New Year Hospitality

January 1 to January 3

During the first three days of the New Year, we present a nice treat to visitors to Ryusendo Cave, and they are all free. Treats may be Happai-tofu (a bean-curd dish from the Edo period), sweet adzuki bean soup with cakes, hot milk and others.

Ryusendo Cave Winter Events

Early December to late March

We hold a variety of events to draw in tourists in the winter season.
These events are designed with winter’s features, and include collaborative projects involving other organizations and treasure hunting.

Sacred Place for Lovers

Among the nation's sightseeing sites, a romantic spot is specially favoured for marriage proposals is nominated as a ”Lover`s Sanctuary”. Ryusendo Cave and ”Hakkoi-mizu (first love water) and Hyakkoi-mizu (100 love water)” that locates in the nearby Ureira Shopping Street are one of the Lover`s Sanctuary locations.

Heartspot

Enter the Gekkyuden (Imperial Palace) which is a special spot inside the cave. Be sure to turn your head around when you approach the “Mamori-jishi (Guardian Lion)”. This area of the cave you have just passed through looks just like a heart slightly tilted to the left.
This hidden heart spot was made by hanging stalactites quite by chance.

Stamp

In Iwaizumi, apart from Ryusendo Cave, the water place “Hakkoi-mizu (first love water) and Hyakkoi-mizu (100 love water)” in the nearby Ureira Shopping Street has also been designated as a “Lover`s Sanctuary”.
Please press stamps on your special visitor’s sheet at these two sites. Since these stamps have different patterns, you need to press them both to create a complete picture.

Nameplate monument

When officially authorized, a metal plaque is awarded to the Lover`s Sanctuary.
In the Ryusendo Cave, the plaque has been placed on the dragon wood carving created by one of Iwazumi’s leading chainsaw artists.
The same plaque can also be seen at the water spot, “Hakkoi-mizu and Hyakkoi-mizu”, of the Ureira Shopping Street. Here the plaque is placed in the water, surrounded with stones that shine at night.

Other events

Activities of the Lover`s Sanctuary include couples joining in the Mochi-maki event at festival time, or participating in a chainsaw art demonstration in making a monument for the metal plaque. Also, there are gifts for couples who introduce others to the Ryusendo Cave.
Our Valentine events have seen a number of successful marriage proposals made at the special cave concert or at the surprise proposal opportunities.

Hakkoi-mizu and Hyakkoi-mizu

In Iwaizumi, we say “Hakkoi (or Hiyakkoi)”, meaning “it’s cold!”.
Iwazumi’s famous spring waters are all cold, so it is no surprise that what flows through the waterway in the Ureira Shopping Street is no exception.
The water spot in the Ureira Shopping Street is referred to by the word-play, “Hakkoi-mizu (first love water) and Hyakkoi-mizu (100 love water)”.
This refers to it being a love spot for those seeking not only their first love, but those also wanting many more loves later!
The water spot here, approx. 5 min. by car from Ryusendo Cave, is also designated as a Lover`s Sanctuary.

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