Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine & Ryugenji Mabu石見銀山 龍源寺間歩
The only such tunnel that is open to the public is among the remains of the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine which has been designated as a World Heritage Site. This is a tunnel which was developed in the middle of the Edo period and was one of five silver mine tunnels which were directly managed by the Edo period prefectural governor. The tunnel has an overall length of 600 meters, and out of this total, 273 meters are open to the public; only the traces left by the miners at that time remain on the walls of the tunnel. Remembering back the severity of the work at that time, it is said that “Horiko” (a mining worker) could dig only about 30 centimeters in a day. In 2007, it was registered as Asia’s first World Culture and National Heritage site as a mining site.
Shimane Pref. Odashi Omorichou [map]
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Nearby Tourist Attractions
Shimane Main Areas
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.