Ikuno Mine

Ikuno Mine is a fascinating piece of Japanese natural history. Ikuno was hand-mined for silver and other minerals by laborers for years before the advent of the industrial era, then converted to modern mining methods in the 1800s.

Ikuno entrance

The mine buildings have been preserved in the old Japanese style.

There’s a waterfall by the mine entrance.

Ikuno waterfall

Mine entrance

Exploring the surrounding areas will reveal actual silver veins in the rock.

Silver vein

Inside the mine itself, you’ll find modern tunnels and equipment that was used to mine up until the 1970s.

Inside the tunnels

Mining

You can also see remains of the unbelievably narrow tunnels that the miners used to climb through in the Edo period.

Tunnels

After your tour of the mines, you can browse the museum and pay a visit to the activity room, where you can learn how to pan for silver! Finding the silver is harder than it looks – there’s a trick to it. And of course, you get to take home any silver you find.

Panning for silver

There’s also a restaurant where you can try the famed Ikuno Curry, which apparently was beloved by the miners who worked here.

Ikuno curry

Ikuno omelette rice

An interesting historical site in central Hyogo that would make a good side trip on your way to Kinosaki.

Ikuno Silver Mine
Hours:
April-October: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
November: 9 AM – 5:00 PM
December-February: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
March: 9:30 AM – 5 PM
Address: 33-5 Ono Ikuno-cho, Asago-shi, Hyogo 679-3324
Telephone: 079-679-2010
Fax: 079-679-2755
Website: http://www.ikuno-ginzan.co.jp/index.php (Japanese)

How To Get There

Ikuno Mine
From Sannomiya: Take the Hamakaze limited express to Ikuno Station (87 mins). From the station, take the Ikuno Ginzan-guchi bus to the mine (10 mins).

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