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Iwami-Ginzan Silver Mine

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Address: 1111 Odaguchi, Oda, Oda 694-0305, Shimane Prefecture
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+81 854-82-1600
09:00 - 16:30
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Well worth the trip from Matsue

We visited as a day trip from Matsue and found the journey very straightforward - there is a bus to the Visitors Centre from right outside Odashi Station - its clearly marked and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 November 2016
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39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We visited as a day trip from Matsue and found the journey very straightforward - there is a bus to the Visitors Centre from right outside Odashi Station - its clearly marked and takes around 40 minutes. The displays at the Visitors Centre are comprehensive and informative - they are all in Japanese but they lend you an ipad with... More 

Thank HattieWeymouth
Grenoble, France
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202 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The mine visitors can get into is just a straight tunnel which has been somehow remodeled. Work conditions were terrible at that time and hundreds of miners graveyards can been seen on the way up to the mine entrance. Very few explanations in english. Omori is a very pretty village which seems to ignore modernity. Worth spending an hour along... More 

Thank stism
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 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
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 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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72 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 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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38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 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 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 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 

5 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 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 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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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 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 

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