World Heritage Coin Sets 14. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape
The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, located in Oda City in the center of Shimane Prefecture, contains a range of remains that depict the history of mining from 1526, when large-scale mining operations started, to 1923, when the mine closed.
Even today, much evidence remains of silver distribution and the lifestyles of the people who worked in the silver industry.
The area newly designated as a World Heritage Site covers 442 hectares and includes the remains of the silver mine, the townscapes of Omori and Yunotsu, ports from which silver was shipped and their surrounding towns, and the roads connecting the mine with the ports.