|Title||Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape|
|Address||1111 Odaguchi, Oda City, Shimane Prefecture|
Iwami Ginzan is a historic silver mine in the mountains of Oda City, Shimane Prefecture. The mine, nearby Omori Town with its Museums, historic residences and shrines and temples and the port towns of which Yunotsu is the most prominent, were declared a World heritage site in 2007.
The silver extracted from the area contributed substantially to the economic development of Japan and South-East Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries. At its peak the output from Iwami accounted for one third of the world’s silver production in the 17th century.
The mine which was Japan’s most prominent silver mine, was operated for over 400 years from the 16th century. Now visitors can view the actual mine and the smelting and refining sites and the mining settlements that grew up around it. The mining area is now covered in forest.
Then they can follow the routes used to take the finished product to the coast and view the port towns from where the silver was shipped to Korea and China. They do this by way of two hiking trails that connect the mining area to the port towns.
We can provide professional interpreters who have a guide-interpreter license at your request.
The tour guide interpreters have accurate knoeledge about Japanese culture, tradition and other points of interest.