Welcome to Iwami Ginzan
The former Iwami Ginzan (石見銀山) silver mine is a Unesco World Heritage Site dotted with shrines, mine shafts and an overgrown refinery that resembles a pyramid. In the early 17th century, the mine produced as much as 38 tonnes of silver annually, making it the most important mine in the country at a time when Japan was producing around a third of the world's silver every year. The Tokugawa shogunate had direct control over the 500 or so mines in the area. Iwami Ginzan is southwest of Izumo, about 6km inland from Nima Station on the San-in coast.