Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine is a historic undermine that had operated between 16th to 20th century, and now offers a deeper look to Japanese culture as a well-maintained World Heritage site in Oda City, in Shimane Prefecture.
As a top-producing silver mine in the world, it is truly Japan's treasure. During those times, it produces 38 tons of silver that fill up a almost third of the total world production. Most of the high-quality silver was exported to Europe, thus, it enhanced trade between East and West.
Visitors can explore the undermine shafts and galleries called "mabu". Over 500 shafts and gelleries were originally dug. You can observe Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft inside and see the manual process of mining. The tunnel entrance is located in a forest.
One may also explore the town of Omori-Cho, a nearby town from the tunnel. It is also recommended to stop at wooden houses that have been turned to cafes and craft shops.
Here are the ideal itinerary for your one-day trip:
-Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine World Heritage Center
-Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Park
-Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft
-Omori Townscape and Lunch
-Gohyaku Rakan & Rakanji Temple
-Former Kawashima Residence
-House of the Kumagai Family
-The Iwami Silver Mine Museum -Kigami Shrine
Starting at JR Oda Station, take an Omori Otsuka line route bus bound for Omori/Otsuka. (33 minutes, 750 Yen).
Admission Fee in Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft costs 400 Yen. It is open from 09:00 to 17:00 between 20 March and 23 November, and from 09:00 to 16:00 during winter.
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