Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
“Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its cultural landscape” was registered as the World Heritage Site in 2007. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine was an active mine from the 16th to the 20th century. At its peak, Japan produced 1/3 of the world’s silver and the majority of that silver came from here. 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 the 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.
183, Ni, Omoricho, Ohda City
[Mar. – Nov.] 9am – 5pm (Last admission at 4:50pm)
[Dec. – Feb.] 9am – 4pm (Last admission at 3:50pm)
Closed on New Year’s Day
Elementary/Junior High School Students: ¥100
30min by local bus from JR Odashi Sta. Get off at ‘Omori’ bus stop. Then walk 40min to the mine shaft through little village and the forest.
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