Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Site, Shimane

“Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Site” in Ota City, Shimane Prefecture, which was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2007, was a silver mine boasting the world’s largest output from the Warring States Period to the Edo Period. Sennoyama (Mt. Sen), the center of silver production, still has about 980 old tunnels and smelter traces melting into the surrounding nature and still remains. Here, you can enjoy the surrounding retro townscapes around the ruins, once flourished by silver mining.


It is approximately 30 minutes by express train from Izumoshi station of JR, Ota city along the Japanese sea. There is the “Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Site” ruin in the place which entered the mountain for about 30 minutes by bus from there.
In the “Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center” located in the center of the area registered as a World Heritage site, you can learn the value, charm, whole picture and the like of the ruins in an easy-to-understand manner through models and images.


Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine is one of the world’s largest mining sites that have been mined for about 400 years until it was closed during the year 1923, since it was discovered in 1526. It is said that Japan’s silver accounted for about one-third of the world’s silver output during the peak period. Among them, most of it is believed to have been produced at Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Site.


In consideration of the environment, it was appreciated that it was managing mines coexisting with nature, and in 2007 it was registered as a World Heritage Site as “Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Site and Its Cultural Landscape”. The registration area is very wide, about 530 ha in total area, and it covered all the sites including mining sites, harbor and port towns that carried silver, and mining town that was the center of political economy.


The Omori area prospered as the political and economic center of Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Site in the early Edo period. The area, where old town houses and samurai residences remain, has been selected as an important traditional building group preservation district. If you take a walk through the silver mine, where mined by the people of the Edo era, and the town of Omori that tells prosperity at the time to the present, it feels as if it had been a time slip.



Name:Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Site
Address:Omoricho Oda, Shimane 694-0305 Japan
Access:JR Sanin-honsen “Ohdashi-eki Station” (30 minutes by car)
Tel:(+81) 854-89-0183 (Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center)
Price/Charge:Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center
300 yen (Adult)
150 yen (Junior High School Students or Under)
Please refer the official web page.
Official site:Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center

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