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  • Trekking: Mt. Sarakura & Hiraodai Limestone Plateau

THINGS TO DO > EXPERIENCE Trekking: Mt. Sarakura & Hiraodai Limestone Plateau

In 2017, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the former Yahata City system (now a part of Kitakyushu City), a general election was held to determine the area’s most scenic spots, with Mt. Sarakura (622m) making the selection. Now known as Sarakura Hakkei, visitors can take a cable car and slope car, or any of the numerous hiking trails, to reach the observatory at the top. The panoramic view of the city is called a “10 billion dollar night view,” and is designated as one of the “New Three Major Night Views of Japan.” The observatory’s Tenku Dome is illuminated, mainly on weekends, making the site a popular date spot.

Further south, Hiraodai, is one of the three major karsts in Japan and is designated as a national park, a prefectural natural park and a natural monument. Natural limestone is scattered about the slopes ranging from 300 to 700 meters above sea level. On the trail, you can see several unusual rock formations like “Lion Rock” and “Kissing Rock,” as well as “rootless trees” growing from the limestone. You can also explore several natural caves and join a caving experience that includes soba-making and pottery.

Address:
1 Hiraodai, Kokuraminami Ward, Kitakyushu City Ogura, Yahatahigashi Ward, Kitakyushu City
URL:
gururich-kitaq.com/spot/mount-sarakura
URL:
gururich-kitaq.com/spot/hiraodai

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