Visitor Center

A new information hub in Mine City and Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau

The Miné-Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau Geopark Center “Karstar” is a tourist information center that shares information about the geopark with visitors. There is a café and a free resting area, as well as large windows from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the great nature of Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau. The name “Karstar” is a combination of “karst” and “star,” and represents our hope that the Geopark Center will serve as a landmark that guides visitors to the geopark, just like the first star of the evening that shines over the Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau.

Karstar offers a breathtaking, spectacular panoramic view of Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau!

The center not only serves as a tourist information center, but also provides an extensive space where you can relax while enjoying a wonderful view of Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau.

There is a café in the building, and visitors are also welcome to use the space as a free resting area.
Free Wi-Fi is available within the building.

The most popular items at our café are Shūhō pear ice cream, Shūhō pear castella cake, homemade sherbet and fruit cider (soft drink).


Tax-included price correct as of January 5th, 2022.
Coffee (Hot / Ice)
350 yen
Latte (Hot / Ice)
400 yen
Vienna Coffee (Hot)
430 yen
Latte with whipped cream (Hot)
480 yen
350 yen
Warm milk with chocolate, caramel, strawberry or matcha
400 yen
Cider (carbonated soft drink) /Calpis (non-carbonated soft drink) /Orange juice
250 yen
Fruit cider (carbonated soft drink)
400 yen
Ice cream (Vanilla / Mix / Chocolate)
350 yen
Shūhō pear ice cream
400 yen
Sherbet (Single / Double)
300 yen
Sherbet (Triple)
400 yen
Whipped cream daifuku (mochi stuffed with a sweet filling) (Various flavors)
200 yen~250 yen
Shūhō pear castella cake
300 yen
Spinach cupcake
200 yen~250 yen
Karuffle (waffle)
(Caramel / Matcha / Blueberry /Strawberry)
280 yen
Venison hot dog (Available only on weekends)
500 yen
Venison hot dog with salsa (Available only on weekends)
500 yen
How to pay:
We also sell geopark goods such as t-shirts and bags which you can only buy here.
We’re sure you’ll find a special item that will remind you of your journey to Akiyoshidai forever.

2800 yen
Canvas satchel bag
2500 yen
Canvas tote bag
2000 yen
Mask (3 designs)
1900 yen
Neck guard
3500 yen
450 yen
Paper bag
300 yen
How to pay:

Why not relax with a cup of coffee while enjoying the scenery of Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau?

Ask us anything about Miné-Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau Geopark!

As certified geoguides, we would love to show you the beauty of Miné-Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau Geopark!
Geoguides within Karstar: Available irregularly
Geoguides for geotours: Appointment required
※For more information, please speak to a geoguide at the counter.

Miné-Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau Geopark Center

Opening hours: 9:00-17:00

(Closed between December 29th and January 3rd)

Address: 11237-862 Akiyoshi, Shūhō-chō, Mine-shi, Yamaguchi-ken
(Next to Akiyoshidai Karst Viewing Platform)
(TEL) +81(0)837-63-0040