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Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Oda

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World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · Mine
Descend into Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, once the most productive silver mine in the country, and now a cultural heritage site offering an introductory glimpse into the Edo and Meiji periods. Active from 1526 to 1923, the vast underground network consists of more than 500 shafts, with many still keeping their form, including one that remains open to visitors. Set among lush, old forestland, the silver mine complex--thanks to its past economic importance--has plentiful shrines, forts, and communication outposts around it, which together form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plan your Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine visit and explore what else you can see and do in Oda using our Oda tour planner.
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  • Iwami Ginzan is one of Japan's famous mines. It was developed along a line extending from south to north so as to hit a vein extending east to west vertically. The silvers produced here was...  more »
  • A trip to Omori town is a must for those who want to experience a relaxing, rustic side of Japan. Historical houses with modern luxuries blend perfectly with nature. Tradition is preserved through...  more »
  • Iwami Ginza Mines is a great experience. Very peaceful and relaxing. There is only two ways to reach the mine walk or hire a bicycle some of which are electric. Its a 2.5 km easy walk with things to see along the way (temples, shrines and beautiful scenery and toilets). The mine cost is 500 yen and foreigners get a discount. A must see.
  • I really enjoy when visiting Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. This place, become UNESCO heritage site because here you will find the trace of the glory silver mine 400 years ago. Roads, tunnels, Samurai's house, and artifacts as remnants of silver mine still exists until now. This place is conserved well until now. Had trade with Europe, prove this silver mine activity affected Japan's economy at that time. Tour into the tunnel will give you the idea how the labors work to get the silver. It really hard to work under having water problems, and the shortage of light and fresh air in the past. Please visit Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, you will not regret!!
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