Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine

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Ryugenji Mabu - Iwami Ginzan Silver MineIwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its culture landscape” was resistered as the World Heritage Site in 2007. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine was an active mine from the 16th to the 20th century. The fine quality of silver produced here had an influence on economics all over the world. This tour traces the remains of a mining town and the olds streets that once prospered as a town founded by silver.

There are approximately 600 mine tunnels that were used for excavated for mining silver in this site, and they are called “Mabu” in Japanese. Among them, the Ryugenji-mabu is one of the only two mine tunnels open to public, you can walk through 273m of the 600 meters length mine. The traces that the miners made to scrape tunnels with chisels tell you how hard it was to work there in those days.
■ Opening hours : Mar – Nov, 9:00-17:00 / Dec – Feb, 9:00-16:00 (*Closed : New Year’s Holiday) ■ Admission : Adult – 200 JPY / Elementary, Middle School Students – 100 JPY