Visiting Mine Tunnel (900yen):
In order to preserve this industrial heritage, a section of the tunnel called Kanagase is now open to the public.
The visit of the mine shows the work and portray scenes from the former life in the mine. It is impressive to dive into the mine and see the never-ending tunnel, the grass-roots mining called tanuki-bori that the miners walked on all fours and the huge drum which is now the high light of the tunnel.
The cultural museum of Ikuno Mine (100yen):
The museum focus on the history of the Ikuno mine and on the science of silver mine. The exhibition shows a rich collection of mineral specimens (above 800) such as minerals of Ikuno and Sakurai, and a full-scale model of the track during the Edo era (1603~1868).
the chrysanthemum symbol:
The chrysanthemum, symbol of the imperial family, has been decorating the front gatepost since 1876.
Rock of Kannon
At the entrance of the tunnel, we can see a rock which has the shape of the goddess Kannon’s. Residents come every july to pray the safety under this rock which has taken this shape naturally by the decades.
Miners polish the metal by a precise process that you can see inside this replication of forge. The articulated models teach us the five steps which compose this process. The transformed metal was sent to the government as taxes.
In the miniature of the tunnel, the work of the miners is well-represented.
A few Japanese meal as rice bowl dish or Japanese noodles (udon) can be ordered. The udon set is well recommended.
Valuable and sophisticated items, which came directly from the production of Mitsubishi Corporation, are the highlight of this shop. Metal and precious stones such as amethyst or silver items are for sale. Japanese specialties, Manju (Japanese bun filled with red bean paste) or cake, can also be found.
The well-known meal is the Hayashi Rice, beef on a red wine and tomato sauce. The garnished rice bowl with steak or the packed lunch (bento) are also recommended.