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The Road of Ores

Over the centuries, the mines of the Tajima area prospered and played an important part in the modernization of Japan. During the Meiji era, a road for carrying ores, was built and linked the mine of Ikuno, Mikobata and Akenobe.

The mines, became an important producer of ores for Japan, the “Road of Ores” has been listed as one of the 33 Japanese industrial heritage’s sites.

The industrial heritage of Asago is directly linked to mining. Ores, as Tin, were extracted and smelted at the Akenobe Mine which is situated in the neighbouring city of Yabu. Extracted ores were transported by railway to Mikobata where they were stored and smelted.

The last step was done at the smelting plant of Ikuno where ores were turned into high purity ingots. Many innovations such as inclines, cast-iron Bridges and railways were made as part in the industrial development of Japan. The three mines and the installations set up are now listed as one of the 33 industrial heritage site of Japan.

The road which linked the three mines has been called the “Road of Ores” by the city of Asago.

Mikobata Cast Iron Bridge
Former Mikobata concentration plant














Mouchet House of Photography
Train of the Mine of Mikobata costed one Yen. So it was called the "1 Yen Train" (ichi en densha).