Shimane silver mine to open danger zone to regain luster; HIROMU IMABAYASHI; The Asahi Shimbun

Japan – Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape

ODA, Shimane Prefecture–Deep in a mountain, where falling rocks and sheer drops are constant dangers, lies “the heart” of the former Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine.

This particular area produced the bulk of the silver that made the mine famous around the world centuries ago. And it is here where Oda government officials again hope to turn around the fortunes of the city.

As tourist numbers continue to dwindle, the section called Fukuishiba will become accessible to the public for the first time in July, the 10th anniversary of mining area’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The plan is to allow people to become more familiar with the inner workings of the mine, as well as its history.


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