Top things to do in Iwami Ginzan

Buddhist Site in Iwami Ginzan

Gohyakurakan

Crowded into two small caves at Gohyakurakan, there are 500 diminutive stone statues of the Buddha's disciples, each showing a different expression – some smiling, some turning their head to chat to their neighbour.…
Historic Building in Iwami Ginzan

Kumagai Residence

The lovingly restored Kumagai Residence was rebuilt in 1801 after an earthquake destroyed most of the town the previous year. The house belonged to a merchant family, who made their fortune as officials in the silve…
Cafe in Iwami Ginzan

Chaya Yamabuki

For a drink and a sweet treat, stop in at Yamabuki, where the speciality is sweet-potato doughnuts. It's a five-minute walk north of Shimizudani Refinery Ruins; look for the wooden sign.
Museum in Iwami Ginzan

Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Centre

This centre has exhibits with explanations in English on the history of the mines and the surrounding area.
Mine in Iwami Ginzan

Ryūgenji Mabu Shaft

This tunnel into the silver mine has been widened substantially from its original size, and a guide helps bring it to life. One glance at the old tunnel, which stretches beyond the fence at the end of the accessible…
Buddhist Temple in Iwami Ginzan

Rakan-ji

This touristy shrine is part of neighbouring Gohyakurakan, which contains 500 statues that were built to memorialise fallen silver-mine workers. Each statue shows a different expression – some smiling, some turning …
Museum in Iwami Ginzan

Iwami Ginzan Museum

The Iwami Ginzan Museum contains various documents, tools and silver-related items. It's inside the Ōmori Daikansho Ato (council offices), near the Daikansho Ato bus stop.
Historic Building in Iwami Ginzan

Shimizudani Refinery Ruins

These stepped, stone remains of a silver-mine refinery, now delightfully overgrown with apricot trees and grass, have a pyramid-like appearance.
Shinto Shrine in Iwami Ginzan

Kigami-jinja

A shrine with a colourful dragon mural on its ceiling – to hear the dragon 'roar', stand underneath it and clap.