Nima Sand MuseumA museum about sand, featuring a large hourglass, sand samples from across Japan and the world, and lots of information about how sand forms and why there are different kinds of sand.
Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaftaddress: Omori-choThe only mine shaft that visitors can tour on their own without a tour, although guides are available. This covers only a fraction of the tunnels that were dug around here, but a walk through the shaft is impressive nonetheless.
Okubo Mabu Mine Shaftaddress: Omori-choThe largest and most impressive mine shaft in Iwami Ginzan, only recently opened to the public for guided tours. Reservations are not necessary but are recommended, as a limited number are offered per week. Meet at the Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center, where a bus will take you to the mines. Despite the time, effort, and money required, it's well worthwhile for a full appreciation of Iwami Ginzan.
Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Centeraddress: 1597-3 Omori-choTypically the first stop visitors make when visiting the mines. This museum displays the history of the mines through artifacts, recreated scenes, and interactive computers. It's a nice place to prepare for everything you are about to see.
Gohyaku-Rakanaddress: 804 Omori-choAn interesting temple cut into the side of the hill, housing 500 carved Boddhisatva statues.
Take a beautiful walk down the old single-street town up the hill on the way to the main mine - several old merchants homes, samurai homes and other buildings are restored. Beautiful houses. Tremendous wealth here at one time. There are several open houses along the way that you can pay to enter. You can also buy a pass that gives you admission to all of the open houses.
- Old Court House. Now a public hall. Has a 3D display of the geography around. Very interesting. Also a recreated scene of some miscreant receiving his sentence... must've been quite a bit of crime during the silver rush.... Easy to imagine this place in the boom years - like some scene from a Western, with swordsmen instead of gunslingers.
phone: +81 854-89-0077A very coolly stylish cafe and design gallery featuring handcrafted glassware, pottery, clothing, and decor.