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Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Site

 
Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Site In 2007, Iwami Ginzan (silver mine) in the city of Oda, Shimane Prefecture was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The mine enjoyed a long history before it closed in 1923. Silver was said to have been first discovered there in 1309, near the end of the Kamakura Period. About 200 years later, innovative refining techniques were introduced from South Korea, and with them the production of silver dramatically increased. The main reasons why the mine ruins were listed as a World Heritage Site are that they have such long history and the fact that the area continues to be covered with lush forests that include broad-leaved trees. This offers proof that appropriate forest administration was undertaken, and...
 

Izumo

 
Izumo A small city of roughly 88,000 people situated in the very picture-esque prefecture of Shimane. Izumo is home to the tallest lighthouse in Asia (Hinomisaki), one of the largest wooden domes in Japan (the Izumo Dome) and most importantly Izumo-Taisha, home of the most important Shinto Shrine in Japan (and second oldest). Izumo is also located near Lake Shinji (the seventh largest lake in Japan). Izumo is famous for it's soba noodles and special cloth dying process. Located near the capital city of Matsue, Izumo is the perfect blend of country city life and beautiful country views. Travelers feel welcomed here by the very hostpitable Izumo-ites. A definite must-see for any serious Japan traveler. ...
 

 

 

 

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