The Tadagin Copper Mine Yukyu no Yakata
On October 7th, 2015, the site of the Tadagin Copper Mine was designated as a National Historic Site.
Yukyu no Yakata is a museum dedicated mainly to the history of the Ginzan area (former town of Ginzan), which is recognized as one of the most important sites of the Tadagin Copper Mine.
The museum's exhibits include illustrations and old documents related to the Tadagin Copper Mine. It also displays ores, mining tools, and other items.
The computers installed in the museum allow visitors to view the Ginzan area as it appeared back then, based on illustrations.
The museum offers a view of the ruins of an Edo-period Daikansho (government office) across the river. If you compare it with the museum's replica, you can imagine what it must have looked like in the past. You can also enjoy a moment of relaxation, surrounded by scenery that changes from season to season.
The Ginzan area, which was once a bustling place during the Edo period (1603-1867), takes visitors back to a time long past.
【The Aoki Mabu】
This is the only mabu, or tunnel, in the Tadagin Copper Mine site that allows visitors to explore the mine.
It is said to have gotten its name from the thick growth of Japanese laurel that surrounded it.
Visitors can see various digging methods: outcrop digging and tunnel digging by hand, thought to have been practiced during the Edo period, and tunnels mined in the Showa period using rock drills and other machinery.
Location: 550m northwest from the Tadagin Copper Mine Yukyu no Yakata, about a 15-minute walk.
Visiting hours: 09:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (lighting during later hours).
Closed days: year-end and New Year holidays.
*The mine is closed several times a year for tunnel inspections, which are announced on the website in advance.