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World Heritage / Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape

Criteria: (ii) (iii) (v) | Date of Inscription: 2007 | Location: Shimane Prefecture | Justification for Inscription

UNESCO

Things to see

Toshogu Shrine

Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft
Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft
Yataki-jo Site
Yataki-jo Site
Omori-Ginzan Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings
Omori-Ginzan Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings
House of the Kumagai Family
House of the Kumagai Family
Gohyakurakan
Gohyakurakan
The silver mine retains aspects of its operations from the early 16th century until its closure in the early 20th century. The miners' town and the ruler's castles on the mountains expanded at the same rate as the mine.
Ginzan Sakunouchi
This area is the center of the mine production, from digging through to refining. Ruins of production activities from the 16th to 20th century remain unchanged along with ruins of life, management and religion. More than 600 ruins of the digging process can be seen in the mountains. Many temples, shrines and tombstones show the way of living through the eras, and ruins of Yamabuki Castle (Yogai-zan) and magistrat's offices show how they controlled.
Daikansho Site (Former Intendant's Office)
The ruins are located on the northeastern part of Omori and remains of management facilities of Tokugawa shogunate are found here. A tiled roof, single-story Omote-Mon gate and a terrace-house styled Mon-Nagaya building remain.
Yataki-jo Site (Ruins of Yataki Castle)
This castle is one of the fortresses of the mine. It was built on top of a 638m hill in the 16th century.
Yahazu-jo Site (Ruins of Yahazu Castle)
This castle is one of the fortresses of the mine. Built on top of a 479m hill, it is on the opposite side of the Yataki Castle across Yunotsu-Okidomari Port Route.
Iwami-jo Site (Ruins of Iwami Castle)
This castle is one of the fortresses of the mine. Built on top of a 153m hill, it was a key stronghold for the defense of the Nima District.
Omori-Ginzan (Omori-Ginzan Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings)
Omori is a miner's town in a valley next to the mine. Warrior houses, merchant houses and temples are found, in this 2.8km long town.
Miyanomae
Facilities for silver refining are seen near the former intendant's house in the Omori Area. Roads and buildings built in the period from the end of the 16th to the beginning of the 17th century have been discovered.
House of the Kumagai Family
This residence is the largest merchant house in Omori Area. The Kumagai Family, local financiers, served as a government contractor and prospered as one of the most influential merchants in the town.
Rakan-ji Gohyakurakan
There are three stone caves on the sloping bedrock. A stone Shyakamuni triad and 500 stone statues are enshrined here. They were built in the mid-18th century and show characteristics of stonemasonry of Iwami-Ginzan.
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