The Iwami-Ginzan silver mine was especially known worldwide as "Silver Kingdom" around the 16th century.
A tunnel excavated for mining silver is called "Mabu", and approximately 600 Mabu tunnels can be found in this site.
It is said that these long tunnels were created during the middle of the Edo Period (1603 - 1868), and over a third of the total silver in the world was produced in Iwami at its peak.
Iwami-Ginzan silver mine was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2007.
Ryugenji-mabu is one of the Mabu tunnels in Iwami and is the only mine which visitors can enter today.
The area open to the public in this mine is 273 meters long.
Inside the tunnel, visitors can learn about the traditional mining techniques of Iwami-Ginzan silver mine.
- 9:00 – 17:00 (March – November)
- 9:00 – 16:00 (December – February)
- Year-end and New Year's holidays
Access / Public Transport
- 28 minutes from JR Oda-shi Station by Kawashima Line or Omori / Oya Line bus.Get off at Omori Bus stop, then walk 40 minutes.