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Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center石見銀山世界遺産センター

Museum / Science Museum

This is a museum located in Omori Town, Ota City, Shimane Prefecture, introducing the history and mining technology of Iwami Silver Mine, a World Heritage site. The exhibition content is arranged in a way that is easy for both adults and children to understand, focused mainly on models, images and replicas. The permanent exhibit also features a diorama of the entire silver mine and actual silver ore that can be held. A limited guided walking tour of the mine’s largest tunnel “Okubomabu” is also popular.


Shimane Pref. Odashi Omorichou A) 1597-3

phone 0854890183

[Exhibition Room Viewing Hours] 9:00-17:00 (Last entry is 16:30)
※ Mar.-Nov. extended by 30 minutes

Review of Iwami-Ginzan Silver Mine World Heritage Center

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Reviewed:2017/12/13 Great way to start visit to silver mine ...
This is a great place to start the visit to silver mines, as it gives a good introduction and context. English signs are limited, but staff gave me an iPad with English explanations for everything...
Reviewed:2017/08/18 Must study before you walk into the mine
You should learn what you will see in the World Heritage site. Otherwise, you maybe lost or cannot understand what you are seeing, I'm afraid.

They have good info regarding the area, history, and...
Reviewed:2013/06/12 Foreigner-friendly enjoyable museum about the Silver Mine
I visited the Iwami-Ginzan Silver Mine World Heritage Center before I went to a hiking trip around the area of the mines (which is really large!).
I really recommend to visit this center before...

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Shimane Pref. Odashi Omorichou A) 1597-3 [map]



[Exhibition Room Viewing Hours] 9:00-17:00 (Last entry is 16:30)
※ Mar.-Nov. extended by 30 minutes
Monthly Last Tuesday, New Year's Holiday
[Admission fee] Free
[Charge room Admission fee to view] General 300 yen (group 250 yen), elementary and middle school 150 yen (group 100 yen)
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Available 400spaces
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          What Shimane prefecture lacks in size and population, it makes up for in scenery and ancient mythology. Izumo-taisha, in the middle of the prefecture, is said to be Japan’s oldest Shinto shrine, where stories that delve into the creation of the Japanese race have been passed down over centuries. The 180 Oki Islands, a 40-minute ferry ride north of Sakaiminato, offer an undiscovered paradise well off the beaten track.

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