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Iwami-Ginzan Silver Mine

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Address: 1111 Odaguchi, Oda, Oda 694-0001, Shimane Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 854-82-1600
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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This is an unusual place, they have painstakingly tried to maintain the history of the area, the buildings are all traditional. I took the audio guide which was for me a mistake... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 25, 2013
Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Visited in a weekday at noon. We rented and rode electric bicycles upward to Ryuugenji mabu, the well-maintained and open shaft. As they've stop mining for years, there is no much thing to see in the shaft. Just came here to feel the narrow and cold shaft and imagine how people worked in the old time. After that we rode... More 

1 Thank skchen1854
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Every UNESCO World Heritage site I’ve been to has made me say “wow”, at least once. This one did not. The mine itself is little more than a rock tunnel with a few off shoots/cracks, lit by lamps. You’re in and out in 10 minutes tops. I get the history is important, but the destination itself is absolutely not worth... More 

1 Thank Thomas M
Bern, Switzerland
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Omori is a very recommendable side trip from Matsue (inquire beforehand at the tourist information in Matsue for train and bus times and a map in English). As it was pouring, when we were visiting, we unfortunately had to skip the hike up to the mine shafts. But the exhibition at the Unesco Heritage Center gave a very good impression... More 

Thank Sara S
Tokyo, Japan
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103 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We were lucky to travel overseas and around Japan together for the last 30 years after my father died. Having that experience, we found "Iwamiginzan" is definitely one of the best places in the world to visit. Frankly, you have to walk (or rather say hike) and walk to fully enjoy its charm. We were totally exhausted but was worth... More 

1 Thank noripico22
Barcelona, Spain
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96 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is an unusual place, they have painstakingly tried to maintain the history of the area, the buildings are all traditional. I took the audio guide which was for me a mistake, i didnt really take a lot of it in and slowed me down trying to listen to it. I wish I had just read the boards that were... More 

Thank Tatty_Rascal
Quedlinburg, Germany
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine is an important World Heritage Site. The mine itself was built in 1526 and was the most important mining site in Japan for almost 400 years. During the silver rush in the 16th and 17th century the settlements became larger and expanded to an area of around 300 hectares. In the first half of the... More 

4 Thank Rika P
Tokyo, Japan
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

I felt in love with Omori and especially with this amazing small city Oda. I wished we could have stayed longer, because I would like to explore every corner of this interesting place. It was not the mine that had such a deep impact on me, it was this village with its incredible nature. I could have walked for hours... More 

1 Thank Olga I
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The mines themselves whilst worth seeing are only part of the attraction of visiting. I cannot express the feeling that seems to shroud this beautiful area. Omori maintains the charms of 'old Japan' and I only wish I could have spent more than a day taking everything in. You can walk up from the tourist information centre to the mines,... More 

Thank James C
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The charming town of Omori has been maintained to keep its original and traditional Edo period feeling and structure, so much so that even the vending machines are clad in the same aged timber as the buildings! The walk up to the mine shaft was a pleasurable experience; the path often winds through the forest and there are so many... More 

1 Thank Andy L
Tokyo, Japan
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The silver mines are located in such an amazing area. When you arrive you feel like you've stepped back into Edo Japan. The Omori town is a delight to walk through. Believe it or not, they even concealed a vending machine in the town which is quite a funny/ awesome sight. Starting from the information center, of which a woman... More 

1 Thank Annie N

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