Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
This is 2 day course from Osaka. The fee
is 250 USD from Osaka.
The Iwami Ginzan (Silver Mountain of Iwami”?) was a silver mine in the
city of Ōda, Shimane Prefecture, on the main island of Honshū, Japan.
It was the largest silver mine in Japanese history. It was active for
almost four hundred years, since its discovery in 1526 until its eventual
closing in 1923. Iwami Ginzan is most easily accessed from nearby Izumo
City: This is 2 day course from Tokyo. Take the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen
from Tokyo to Okayama and transfer to the JR Yakumo limited express to
Izumo (Izumo-shi Station).
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine played a pivotal role in East Asian trade, where
silver was the key currency. In Europe and China, the mine had been known
as the largest silver mine that could compare with the Cerro Rico in Potosí.