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Iwami

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An English guide to the
beautiful Iwami region of JapanIwami is in the western part of Shimane, a rural prefecture on the Sea of Japan,
geographically remote from the larger cities, and cut off from the nearest major city
of Hiroshima by the Chugoku mountain range. This is old, rural Japan.

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Experience

From noodle making, traditional weaving, throwing pottery, rice planting, or risking your life on a wild boar hunt.

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Mizuho Highland Mizuho Highland is the biggest ski slope in the west part of Japan. You can enjoy a variety of ski courses from begin...(read more)
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Iwami Silver Mine Museum The museum was built as a local government office in the Meiji era (1902). It's a large traditional house and exhibi...(read more)
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Hot spring in Kanagi city There are many hot springs in Shimane prefecture. Here I will introduce two hot spring resorts. Kintanosato (きんたの里) T...(read more)
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Sekisho Art museum This museum was built for Sho Ishimoto(石本正) who is a famous Japanese artist. He sent his works to Misumi and this museum...(read more)
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Iwami Kagura Costumes Atelier Iwami Kagura’s costumes atelier ~ Kagura shop “Kuwanoki” First, I’d like to explain about Iwa...(read more)
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Yunotsu Onsen summer festival (Yunotsu Hotsprings summer festival) You can see a lot of fireworks at the sea short. Some of them are even set off from a boat. (Water fireworks) Water...(read more)
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Mounted Archery (Yabusame) [Washihara Hachiman Yabusame field] Yabusame is a traditional Japanese art, exercise and ceremony which...(read more)
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Birthplace of Ogai Mori Ogai Mori was born in 1862 in Tsuwano. He held various jobs such as army surgeon, novelist, translator, critic, and play...(read more)
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Arifuku Arifuku onsen or hot spring is a small village, just a collection of streets really, lined with retro hot sp...(read more)
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Hamakko Festival in August Hamakko festival is the biggest festival in Hamada city. It is held every summer, at the beginning of August. Hamakko ...(read more)
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SAHIMEL The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt. Sanbe “SAHIMEL” How many people know which is the highest mountain in Shim...(read more)
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Mizunokuni Mizunokuni (水の国) is a museum themed on water. The museum has beautiful pond, modern garden, art gallery, science...(read more)

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Restaurant & Cafe

Everything from freshly caught seafood to organic buffets, freshly ground coffee, and wild boar meat.

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Kamuri Kamuri is an informal restaurant situated in Ohnan. Ii is part of the ‘Koboku no mori’ area. You ca...(read more)
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Coffee House This is a café which serves bread and drinks. There are so many kinds of bread. It’s pretty cheap and there...(read more)
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Sanbe Burger Ohda city is famous for its nature, which can be found in abundance at nearby Mt....(read more)
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Mori no Restaurant This is an Italian restaurant in Gotsu. Since its opening in 2011, Mori no Restaurant has served Italian food. The conce...(read more)
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dodo_ichi ( ice cream) Earl Grey, Strawberry Cheesecake, cocoa.  There are just some of the flavors you can enjoy at dodo_ichi, an ice-cream sh...(read more)
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Minoya Minoya café specializes Japanese-style sweets. There are also so many dishes like special set meals, bean jam cak...(read more)
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Restaurant FUKINOTOU Restaurant FUKINOTOU ~ in Kinta no sato ~ Place: Shitijou イ980-1, Kanagi-tyo, Hamada, Shimane. ( 島根県浜田市金城町七条イ980-1 ) ...(read more)
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Gamu Gamu is a cafe. It takes about one minute on foot from Hamada station to Gamu. If you come out of the station and tur...(read more)
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Sakamoto There are many restaurants in Hamada, but this one is not so well-known. You can have a special lunch and ...(read more)
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Snacking in Iwami Ginzan Snacks There are so many Cafes and restaurants. Many people who visit there walk for silver mine and many of them want ...(read more)
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Sushi Katsu Sushi Katsu (寿しかつ) is one of the best sushi restaurants in Hamada. This restaurant serves fresh sushi which has large to...(read more)
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Isaribi -Hamada Station Hotel- Hamagochi project - Isaribi – Hamada faces the Sea of Japan, so local residents can enjoy various fresh fish. Som...(read more)

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Scenery

Hike the Chugoku mountain trail, see ancient temples, enjoy green tea in a traditional garden, or photograph terraced rice paddies.

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Ikouji Temple and Sesshu Garden Along the route 191, there is an old temple has a tasteful Japanese garden. The temple is called Ikouji and it was ori...(read more)
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Otome Chapel Otome Chapel (乙女峠) (photo copyright by Ojisanjake) *Free entrance fee It takes about 15 minutes on foot from...(read more)
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Kawashima samurai residence The old samurai residence ~旧河島家 武家屋敷~ You can go there at 3 minutes on foot from Shinmachi bus stop. This is the old sa...(read more)
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Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine Place :〒698-0041 Takatsu Masuda city Shimane This shrine is Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine, but people who...(read more)
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Tsuwano Catholic Church ○Tsuwano Catholic Church (photo copyright Ojisanjake) There is an interesting church on Tonomachi (殿町) Street in To...(read more)
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European Herb Garden In Koboku no mori, there is an herb garden. Depending on the season, you can enjoy different kinds of herbs. &nbs...(read more)
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Mount Sankai In Hamada, there are a lot of hills and mountains but Mt. Sankai is one of the symbols of Hamada city. The height ...(read more)
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Hori teien Outside Tsuwano, there is a beautiful oldJapanese building and garden called Hori teien (堀庭園). This area is surrou...(read more)
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Taikodani Inari Shrine This is spectacular shrine in the hills above Tsuwano. If you are fit, tackle the ascent from the bottom through hundred...(read more)
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Saishou Temple This temple was founded in 1465. The temple in existence was rebuilt in 1739. This temple has some statues on the roof. ...(read more)
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Hashi Beach This beach is great for swimming and surfing. Unfortunately, it was cloudy on the day we went so our pictures aren'...(read more)
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Kotogahama  Kotogahama (琴が浜) is a famous beach in the western area of Shimane which is located in Oda City. It is famous for its uni...(read more)

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World Heritage

Iwami boasts both a World Heritage site in the Iwami Silver Mine and an intangible asset, Sekishu hand-made paper.

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Kazenokuni ( paper making experience) In Gotsu city, in the town of Sakurae, there is a nature park and leisure facilities called Kazenokuni. The Kazenokuni c...(read more)
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Omori Omori is a traditional noodle restaurant in Iwami Silver Mine. There's a retro feel to the building, with its old-fa...(read more)
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Bäckerei Konditorei Hidaka Bäckerei Konditorei Hidaka is not your everyday bakery in Japan. They sell various German-style breads, and they go...(read more)
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Ryugenji Mabu  Ryugenji Mabu is one of mine shafts which is open to the public. It takes about 40 minutes on foot from Omori bus stop o...(read more)
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Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center You can take a bus here from Oda City station. It takes about 40 minutes. This m...(read more)
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Okubo Mabu Mine Shaft Tour Although there are at least 600 entrances to the silver mine, only a few are open to the public. Tours to the Okubu min...(read more)
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Iwami Silver Mine Museum The museum was built as a local government office in the Meiji era (1902). It's a large traditional house and exhibi...(read more)
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Sekishu-Washi ~Making traditional paper activity~ &...(read more)
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Sekushu-Washi Kaikan Sekishu-Washi Kaikan(石州和紙会館)” is a place where we can experience making washi and learn culture and history of Sek...(read more)

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