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“Experience Edo Japan”

Iwami-Ginzan Silver Mine
Ranked #1 of 60 things to do in Oda
Certificate of Excellence
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Experience Edo Japan”
Reviewed 18 March 2013

The charming town of Omori has been maintained to keep its original and traditional Edo period feeling and structure, so much so that even the vending machines are clad in the same aged timber as the buildings! The walk up to the mine shaft was a pleasurable experience; the path often winds through the forest and there are so many ruins and temples (you may also see monkeys) hidden along the way that you could spend at least half a day exploring the area. There is a short portion of the mine shaft accessible to the public that will take about 15-20 to walk through and where you can feel and experience what conditions were like for the miners.

Visited March 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“a fun walk up to the silver mines”
Reviewed 12 March 2013

The silver mines are located in such an amazing area. When you arrive you feel like you've stepped back into Edo Japan. The Omori town is a delight to walk through. Believe it or not, they even concealed a vending machine in the town which is quite a funny/ awesome sight.
Starting from the information center, of which a woman spoke perfect english, I began my walk up to the silver mines. I rented an audio from the information center which I would suggest doing so that you know what you are looking at. The walk was delightful. I even saw monkeys! The silver mines themselves were quite fun walking through. Everyone in the town was friendly.

Visited March 2013
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Shinjuku, Japan
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Silver Mines in the Edo period”
Reviewed 11 March 2013

Omori is a small town leading to the silver mines with a population of 400. The intimacy and history of the town is captivating. Take a hike or rent a bike to the mines. Along the way, you will encounter many finds along the way. While the beauty of the trees and animals set the tone, look around and you will inevitably find a shrine, temple, castle, and ruin along the way. With so much to look at, spend a day in the town and explore the town and forests. The road leading up to the shrine is not treacherous but full of nature and beauty. Once at the opening of the mines, it is a 20 minute walk through the tunnel itself. The cool darkness of the tunnel gives us a sense of what it was like for the miners. The town has preserved its history quite well. There are many souvenir shops and restaurants. Here you can visit old samurai residents, and even have a meal in a samurai house. If you want to have a real Edo period experience, Omori is the perfect place to visit.

Visited March 2013
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San Diego, California
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49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Fascinating look at an Edo period silver mine.”
Reviewed 9 January 2012

The area is beautiful, the hike invigorating, and the museum and mine shafts fascinating. Highly recommended. The town of Omori is worth a half day visit. The wonderful temples and shrines are well kept and atmospheric.

Visited November 2011
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