• Tourist place name: Iwami Ginzan
  • Place: 15 Ginzan, Omori-cho, Oda City, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
  • Date: November 17, 2020
  • My Camera: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
  • My Camera Lens: OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO

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Hi, My name is Ryoichi Hiraoka. I live in Hiroshima, Japan. This time, I visited Shimane, which is the prefecture next to Hiroshima.

This article shows Iwami Ginzan.

The Briefly Explanation

Iwami Ginzan is a mountain where silver was mined. “Gin” in “Ginzan” stands for silver. “Zan” in “Ginzan” stands for a mountain.

The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine has been mined for about 400 years since it was discovered in 1526 until it was closed in 1923. The Iwami Ginzan Ruins and their cultural landscape are registered as World Heritage Sites.

At the end of this article, I will show you the mine shaft of Iwami Ginzan.

Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center

The starting point is the Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center. At the center, I was able to get directions and see the bus timetable.

As you can see, you can also enjoy the autumn leaves.

A bee

There was a bee.

The Way to The Iwami Ginzan Park

First, I headed to Ginzan Park. It seems that the distance from this center to the park is 1.3km. I could go to the park by bus, but I walked.

I kept walking on the road as you can see. You need to be careful as you walk on the road.

Iwami Ginzan Park

This is the entrance to Iwami Ginzan Park. It is 2.3km from here to the mine shaft of Iwami Ginzan. I could rent a bicycle, but I walked.

The Way to Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft

You can choose a road that you can ride a bicycle and a road in nature.

I chose the road in nature. I walked the road as you can see. It feels good to walk surrounded by nature.


There are many detours like this. If you have time, it’s a good idea to visit everywhere.

However, sometimes there is nothing ahead.

I had a hard time walking, but I have to go back.

The Road leading to The Exit of The Mine Shaft

This is the road leading to the exit of the mine shaft. The entrance is on the right.

The Vending Machine

The vending machine blended in naturally.

Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft

The Ticket Office

This is the ticket office for entrance to the mine shaft. You need to buy an admission ticket. The ticket was 410 yen.

The Entrance to The Mine Shaft

This is the entrance to the mine shaft.

In the Mine

It was cold in the mine. Also the ceiling was low. I’m 173cm tall and had to walk with my head down.

I couldn’t shoot well, but it looks like this in the mine.

This mine shaft is originally 600m. However, this mine shaft ends at 157m. From here, you’ll exit from a new mine shaft built in 1989.

This road is the new mine shift. It was built for tourism. The length of this road is 116m.

The Exit of The Mine

This is the exit of the mine shaft. It seems that there are 600 such mine shafts in Iwami Ginzan.

The End

This is the end of the article.

Iwami Ginzan is a tourist destination surrounded by nature and I felt good. If you come to Shimane someday, why not stop by Iwami Ginzan.

Thank you for reading it!