The 100 Caves of Yoshimi
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Designated historic site of Ancient Tombs and an underground munition factory
If you are in the vicinity of Yoshimi I recommend a stop off to this unique tourist attraction. If you are planning to eat there, do one of their craft workshops, hike and/ or visit the nearby famous temple, you would need a few hours, otherwise an hour to an hour and a half would suffice. This attraction is something different than the norm and the history and landscape of the area are very interesting.
It is called the 100 caves of Yoshimi, but there are in fact 216 of them and they are actually tombs.They were carved into the hillside between the late 6th and 7th centuries. The way the tombs are carved into the cliff front is actually very picturesque and in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom the view is magnificent. I have visited a couple of times with the kids. On our first visit I wasn't sure how the kids would take to an attraction of this kind, but they really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun for them to explore the World War II munition bunker and the caves that you are allowed enter. If you are visiting at this time of year, you need to beware of the killer hornets at the top of the hill. Speaking of the hill, if you are visiting with a small child you would need a carrier for them as you can't bring a buggy up the steep stairs that leads to the tombs and the hill top. The area also isn't wheelchair friendly.
They have a few restaurants and shops in the courtyard and a craft room. You need to book the crafts in advance. You can see a schedule on their website, which is in Japanese, but they have general information in English.
３２７ Kita Yoshimi, Yoshimi, Hiki-gun, Saitama 355-0155