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Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine is a World Heritage Site located in southwestern Honshu, Japan. What remains now are large-scale mines and mining settlements which existed from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The mine traces its history to its establishment by a Japanese merchant, Kamiya Jutei, in 1526. Production of silver reached its peak in the early 17th century, when about 38 tons of silver was extracted a year, accounting for a third of the world's silver production.


Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
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The whole mining complex includes the trails used to transport the silver ore to the coast, the receiving port towns from which the smelted silver was exported to Korea and China. The receiving port towns that are part of the mine are Tomogaura, Okidomari and Yunotsu.

The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine is significant in its contribution to the economic development of Japan in the 16th and 17th centuries. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 34th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Brasilia, Brazil, on 25 July - 3 August, 2010.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 35 6 46 E 132 26 6 in Shimane Prefecture.
Inscription Year: 2010
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, V
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