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  • Inside Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft
    Inside Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft
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    by Rabbityama Written Nov 14, 2009

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    Built in 1601, the temple is famous for its ornate interior. Unlike most temples, the inside of this temple has been painted, so it is quite lovely to behold! Outside the temple, there are some interesting Buddhist statues. Some of the statues have lost their heads, but I think this makes them even more interesting.

    You can see the temple grounds for free, but entrance to the temple costs 400 yen.

    Shogenji Temple Buddha Statues Outside Shogenji Temple
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    Located in Omori Town, the current shrine dates back to 1812. Inside the tiny shrine is a painting of a dragon on the ceiling. If you clap under the dragon, it is said that the sound will resound as if it were the dragon itself! The shrine is small, but all of the sites in Omori town are so close, it's worth stopping by. Like most shrines, entrance is free.

    Kigami Shrine
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    Iwami Ginzan was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2007, and this museum was created in order to better present the mines to visitors. Upon entering, you will see a large example of Iwami Ginzan silver. Surprisingly, this is one of the only examples of actual silver to be found in the museum, but the museum is still a nice introductory to the area prior to visiting the mines and the sites in the town. The museum has displays that are meant to educate visitors about the history of the area and its significance in East Asia at the time when the mines were operating. There is also a recreation of the larger mines with a video inside to give you a feel for what it looks like.

    Iwami Ginzan Silver World Heritage Center World Heritage Center
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Oda Transportation

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    Oda is served by Odashi Station, accessible from the JR San-in Line from nearby Matsue and Izumo, but can also be reached from as far away as Tottori and Yamaguchi. The train ride along the San-in Coast provides spectacular views of the Sea of Japan, so the train ride itself is quite enjoyable.

    From Odashi Station, there are buses to Iwami Ginzan. It is not advisable to attempt walking, as it is quite far. The buses stop about every 30 minutes, although it varies by day and the time of day. Most people get off at the Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center. It's a nice place to introduce yourself to the area before seeing the sites, and from here, you can walk to the other sites. It is also where you will meet if you have an arranged tour of the Okubo Mabu Mine Shaft.

    There are also buses from Hiroshima. These will take you straight to Iwami Ginzan.

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