Midoriko's cave (翠子の洞), commonly known as the limestone cave (鍾乳洞, しょうにゅうどう, "Shōnyūdō")[1], is cave where the Shikon no Tama was created after the all powerful priestess Midoriko defeated the dragon demon. The cave is situated near the home of demon slayers, and Sango guides Inuyasha and the others to the cave and explains the story behind the jewel.

Manga vs. anime[]

  • In the anime version, but not in the manga, the entrance of the cave is protected by a powerful spiritual barrier, which was believed to be created by Midoriko herself, and even within the Shikon no Tama she was able to maintain the barrier. It is also shown that no one can pass the barrier, unless the one who wishes to enter sympathizes with Midoriko, who regrets creating the Shikon no Tama and the destruction it follows. Also, having evil thoughts inside the cave will cause the person to be immediately thrown out of the cave, as what happened to Inuyasha after thinks to use the Shikon no Tama to become a full-fledged demon. And was noted by Shippō as Midoriko's version of "Sit".[1]
  • Another anime version, but not in the manga, the bull hanyō priest Izumo visits the cave as he sees Midoriko and says to her, "How beautiful you must have been when you were alive, Midoriko. Was it that beauty that gave you the power to create the Sacred Jewel?" before he leaves.[2]
  • In another anime version, but not in the manga, after Kikyō took Midoriko's soul to heal her wound from Naraku's miasma, the statue of her face has been bent.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 InuYasha anime; Episode 26
  2. InuYasha anime; Episode 94
  3. InuYasha The Final Act anime; Episode 2
Yōkai taijiya
Taijiya KohakuSangoSango and Kohaku's fatherShakoHisuiSetsunaRokutaNanasukeTowa HigurashiKuzuYamataGoro
Allies KiraraKikyō
Enemies Naraku
Places Yōkai taijiya village (Miroku and Sango's house) • Midoriko's cave
Unique Items HiraikotsuShikon no TamaBlack Hiraikotsu
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