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  Garabi Cave
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Okinawa is filled with caves, mostly small ones, but there are a few large caves as well. These are not the kind of caves for hardcore cave explorers as they are too small for exploration, but they can be an interesting way to spend a morning or afternoon for the common tourist. Most of the smaller caves can be visited with a good map, but it is better to avoid these because of habu (venomous snakes) unless you are with a guide. Two caves worth visiting are Garabi Cave in Gushikami Village and Gyokusendo in Tamagusuku. Garabi, which is pictured here, has a deep history with evidence of human existence dating back to 5,000 years. It was also used as a hospital during the Battle of Okinawa. It is about 500 meters deep and can be easily navigated with a flashlight. Gyokusendo is much more spectacular, but is a tourist attraction, so you must pay an enterance fee. With a total length of 5 kilometers, it is one of Japan's largest caves. Most of the cave has guided pathways that are well lit, making it easy to enjoy and see the cave's many stalagtites and stalagmites.

Address: Gushikami Village and Tamagusuku

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  • Written May 25, 2006
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