World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage

Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape

Inscribed: 2007


Main data

Name of Property
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape
Ginzan SakunouchiDaikansho SiteYataki-jo SiteYahazu-jo SiteIwami-jo SiteÔmori-GinzanMiyanomaeHouse of the Kumagai FamilyRakan-ji GohyakurakanIwami Ginzan Kaidô TomogauradôIwami Ginzan Kaidô Yunotsu-OkidomaridôTomogauraOkidomariYunotsu
Ohda City, Shimane Prefecture
Tentative List Submission
Tentative List Submission: 2001
Nommination: Jan/2006
Inscribed: Jul/2007
Minor Boundary Modification
Minor Boundary Modifications: 2010
World Heritage Office, Cultural Properties Division, Shimane Prefectural Board of Education
Municipality Website
(Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center)
UNESCO Website

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The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine in the south-west of Honshu Island is a cluster of mountains, rising to 600 m and interspersed by deep river valleys featuring the archaeological remains of large-scale mines, smelting and refining sites and mining settlements worked between the 16th and 20th centuries. The site also features routes used to transport silver ore to the coast, and port towns from where it was shipped to Korea and China. The mines contributed substantially to the overall economic development of Japan and south-east Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries, prompting the mass production of silver and gold in Japan. The mining area is now heavily wooded. Included in the site are fortresses, shrines, parts of Kaidô transport routes to the coast, and three port towns, Tomogaura, Okidomari and Yunotsu, from where the ore was shipped.