Oya History Museum, Utsunomiya

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Anyone with an interest in geology or engineering will be enthralled by the carved, angular faces of the mines at Oya History Museum. Fairly modest in size, the museum manages to offer a wealth of information regarding the mining operations done here--from primitive 17th-century toils to the current advanced technological pursuits of the rare Oya stone, found only in this area. From here you'll have the opportunity to venture into the vast mine, colorfully lit and covering an enormous 20,000 sq m (215,278 sq ft). Bring a jacket along with you, as it can get a little chilly inside that gigantic cavern. Put Oya History Museum into our Utsunomiya trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Utsunomiya.
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  • We decided to go here because it was very different from the normal touristy attractions. But let me tell you it didn’t disappoint the way it is set up is amazing. Lights set in such a way to enhance....  more »
  • About 30 minutes out of town by Bus 45, we stopped at Shiryokan Iriguchi bus stop and took a short walk to this museum. We walked passed the ticketing counter through a doorway and turned left down.....  more »
  • Very interesting former stone mine, now converted into an event hall/ filming location/ wedding cathedral. The illuminations underground are stunning. A quaint not very well-known tourist attraction in Utsunomiya.
  • A place to learn how stones are created. The cave experience was great together with the lighting effects. You are able to see and wonder how they did it. Worth the trip.
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