Subterranean 'temple' in Saitama to hold free tours

posted on November 13, 2015

A free tour of a huge surge tank below Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, will open to the public on Saturday. This special event is a once-a-year opportunity for visitors to observe the site without making a reservation.

The surge tank is part of the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, which is managed by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry. The vast underground space is sometimes called an "Underground Temple" for the large number of pillars that support it.

The discharge channel is used as a temporary reservoir when neighboring rivers rise due to heavy rain, according to the ministry's Edogawa River Office. The surge tank has an area about 14,000 square meters, equivalent to almost two soccer fields. The 18-meter-high ceiling is supported by 59 concrete pillars weighing 500 tons each. Some visitors say that it resembles the Parthenon in Greece.

The popular tours are usually conducted from Tuesday to Friday on a call-ahead basis.

source by the-japan-news
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