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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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Making pottery You can experience making pottery in Gotsu. There are two kinds of ways to make pottery. One is by hand and the ...(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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Hot springs in Tsuwano Tsuwano Onsen Nagominosato Nagominosato is in the road side station which is located on Hagi-Tsuwano Station Line (萩津和野...(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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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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Mounted Archery (Yabusame) [Washihara Hachiman Yabusame field] Yabusame is a traditional Japanese art, exercise and ceremony which...(read more)
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Art workshops At Sekisho Art Museum they hold regular art workshops. You can learn how to paint, sketch, and make things. Of course, i...(read more)
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Grand Toit Grand Toit is the compound institution; museum and theater. In Iwami Art Museum, you can enjoy many kinds of Art at 4 ex...(read more)
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Mizunokuni/ Museum 104° Photo copyright OjisanJake We liked the building! Address: Sakamoto, Sakurae Cho, Gotsu City, Shimane, Japan...(read more)
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Yunotsu 温泉津 (Yunotsu) is a town famous for its hot springs, the first two characters in the name itself mean ' hot spring...(read more)
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Driving in Ohda You'll love driving in nature around Mt. Sanbe. You can relax here.In summer, the green of plants and mountain...(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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Mameda The main road from Hamada station is called 銀天街 (Gintengai). There are many restaurants, bars, and stores here a...(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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Vital Vital is a bar, located in Kurokawa-cho, Hamada. It is a quiet, elegant bar, but you can also enjoy good food there....(read more)
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SAKURA Around the area in front of Hamada station, there are some nice bars. Bar SAKURA has been one of the coolest place to ...(read more)
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Fukumimi Fukumimi is a japanese restaurant which offers kansai-style okonomiyaki. You can enjoy many kinds of okonomiyaki such ...(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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Kashinomi Near the University of Shimane in Hamada, you can find one of the best cake shops in Shimane. It’s called, &lsqu...(read more)
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Hanasoushi  A four-minute walk from Hamada station is a small French restaurant called Hanasoshi. The restaurant is a little diff...(read more)
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Kagura Bar Kagura is a cozy place basing its theme on the Kagura, which is usually about sacred music and dancing in performa...(read more)
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Nono “Nono” (能濃) is located about 2 minutes on foot from Tsuwano station. It is a restaurant, whi...(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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Eating in Iwami Ginzan Restaurants and restrooms There are some good restaurants and few restrooms in this area. Café Nobosemon This ...(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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Chairlift and Tonomachi road 【Chair lift / Tsuwano castle ruins (チェアリフト/津和野城址)】 TEL : (0856) 72 – 0376 (in Japanese only) Ticket : &nbs...(read more)
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Otome Chapel Otome Chapel (乙女峠) (photo copyright by Ojisanjake) *Free entrance fee A visit to the Iwami region of Shimane...(read more)
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Sanbe Sightseeing Chair Lift Anyone can climb Mount Sanbe! Even if you're with little kids or have mobility issues, you can take a chair lift n...(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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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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Senjouen In Hamada, just by the sea, there is a really cool hotel called Senjouen (千畳苑). The best thing about this place is that ...(read more)
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Washihara Hachimangu Shrine This place is famous for its Yabusame field, the last remaining one in Japan. On the second Sunday of April, they hold a...(read more)
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Ryuunji (龍雲寺) Ryuunji is a Soto Zen temple. Misumi Nobukane...(read more)
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Seisui Temple Seisui temple ( 清水寺 ) It takes about 30min by foot from Omori bus stop. TEL:0854-89-0129 Seisui temple was made in t...(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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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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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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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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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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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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Sekishu-Washi ~Making traditional paper activity~ &...(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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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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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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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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