Fauna and Flora of Akiyoshidai

Yamaguchi’s wildlife on a summer's day

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

Most visitors to Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park come for the otherworld panoramas and underground adventures in this geologically fascinating karst landscape. But the park is also full of life. Hidden among the grasses singing in the wind are wildflowers, birds, dragonflies, butterflies and beetles. In a lower valley of the park, there’s a forest sheltering a small river filled with mosses, ferns, and beautiful damselflies. Follow the river into Akiyoshi Cave for another world below ground inhabited by bats and more. Here are just a few of the creatures and flowers you can see in a few hours’ visit in August.

秋吉台国定公園—Akiyoshidai Kokutei Kōen—Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park
秋吉台—Akiyoshidai—Akiyoshidai Plateau
秋芳洞—Akiyoshidō—Akiyoshi Cave

Getting there

Akiyoshidai is in the city of Mine, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Best visited by car, bus accessible by bus. The pedestrian thoroughfare that connects the entrance of Akiyoshi Cave to restaurants, shopping, parking and the bus center is a 40-minute bus ride (1,170 yen, 1 per hour) from the Shin-Yamaguchi Shinkansen station or a 60-minute bus ride (1,210 yen, 1 per 2 hours) from Yamaguchi Station in Yamaguchi City. From Mine Station, it’s a 25-minute bus ride (200 yen, 1 every 90 minutes).

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @tristan.scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature. I've traveled around the world and throughout Japan, and I hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. Recently, I've been a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan for Caving Adventures in Western Japan as well as Exploration for Black Gold.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!