It’s a work of art created by wind and waves! The mysterious heart-shaped sea cave ”Ryugu Sea Cave” has a skylight that allows natural sunlight to shine in.

【 CONTENTS 】You can hear the sounds of the waves. Does it look like Porco’s hideout from the Japanese anime film, “Porco Rosso?”Take a walk around Ryugu Sea Cave and you’ll see it’s heart-shape!Why is the cave is heart-shaped?Map You can hear the sounds of the waves. Does it look like Porco’s hideout from the Japanese anime film, “Porco Rosso?” “Ryugu Sea Cave” is a natural cave in Touji, Shimoda city in Shizuoka Prefecture. The erosion of the Touji beach created this sea cave. It is so quiet inside that you can hardly hear anything other than the sounds of the waves. The skylight was created by the top eroding […]


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You can hear the sounds of the waves. Does it look like Porco’s hideout from the Japanese anime film, “Porco Rosso?”

“Ryugu Sea Cave” is a natural cave in Touji, Shimoda city in Shizuoka Prefecture. The erosion of the Touji beach created this sea cave. It is so quiet inside that you can hardly hear anything other than the sounds of the waves. The skylight was created by the top eroding away and allows light to shine in, creating a mysterious atmosphere.

Does it look like the beach that appears in “Porco Rosso”?
Does it look like the beach that appears in “Porco Rosso”?
The cave shows a variety of different faces, according to the time and weather.
The cave shows a variety of different faces, according to the time and weather.

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Take a walk around Ryugu Sea Cave and you’ll see it’s heart-shape!

By being inside the cave you can feel the quiet and spiritual vibes purifying your mind, but when you visit, please also try to view the cave from the top. There’s a corner called “Heart view spot,” where you can see the heart-shape of the sea cave and is really popular among couples. Don’t hesitate to go there even if you are single, because you can’t miss the beautiful cobalt blue sea of Touji and enjoy the beauty of the Izu Peninsula all at the same time.

It is really heart-shaped!♡
It is really heart-shaped!♡
The color of sea is so beautiful….
The color of sea is so beautiful….

Why is the cave is heart-shaped?

After a submarine volcano erupted, accumulated pumice stones and volcanic ashes became layers. The part of layers that were intolerant to erosion, crumbled away and divided into two directions resulting in the heart-shape you see today. The cave used to have a ceiling, but it collapsed due to degradation over time, creating the skylight. It is truly a work of art by Mother Nature.

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Touji, Shimoda city, Shizuoka Prefecture

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Wasabi

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I’m a freelance translator from Tokyo who likes to travel right in the middle of the unpredictables in life. Through the translation of articles I hope to create points of contact between Japan and the rest of the world. As a writer, I want to add information that isn’t in the guide book, from a “wasabi” perspective!

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Address Touji, Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture 415-0029
Access 18 min by the Tokai bus bound to “Touji”. Take the bus from Izu Express, Izu-kyu “Shimoda” station.