The Mine Inclined Shaft Mine was one of the most important coalmine shafts in the Ohmine Coalfield, which produced anthracite coal (coal that emits little smoke when burned). A large amount of coal mined underground was carried through this shaft to the ground. In olden times, there was a railway station near here, so the coal could be immediately transported.
The Arakawa Mine Gallery was mined for anthracite coal (which emits little smoke when burned). Completed in 1905, this is the oldest existing gallery/shaft in the Ohmine Coalfield. At this valuable heritage site dating back to the Meiji Era, you can still see old brick walls inside the shaft.
* Only guided visitors can enter the shaft.
At the site of the Momonoki Open-Pit Mine Ruins, coal was mined right on the ground surface from 1966 to 1970.
* Only guided visitors can visit this geosite.
The Kaigun (Navy) Keystone used to stand at the entry into a coalmine shaft built by the Japanese Navy in 1908. The keystone bears an engraving of the navy’s symbol: a cherry blossom and an anchor. It was relocated to its current location in 2007.
Kijima Matabe was born in present-day Sanyo Onoda City in 1816. As a master of military arts, he organized a force named Yugekitai and became its leader. In the Kinmon Incident in August 1864, during the final years of the Edo Period, he was shot to death.
Located on a hill overlooking the urban area, Sea of Clouds’ View Highway Park is an excellent place to observe the surrounding geomorphological features. Fog often descends over the surrounding area in spring, fall and early winter, providing a spectacular view of the urban area blanketed in a sea of clouds from the park. This park is very popular for its other wonderful, seasonal views.
This museum exhibits fossil specimens owned by the late paleontologist Okazaki Goro from Mine City, as well as many materials about the Ohmine Coalfield, and drugs produced in Isa and sold by peddlers. The museum explains clearly the history and culture of Mine.
Mainly featuring fossils from Mine City, this museum provides plain explanations of fossils under the three themes of “vertebrates,” “ammonites” and “insects.” Exhibits displayed here include ammonite fossils from various eras, and insect fossils preserved in amber. Large limestone specimens housed in the museum’s repository also contain many fossils.
This is Yamaguchi Prefecture’s only Mori-no-Eki (Forest Station), an 18-hectare forest featuring log houses, a camping ground, roundwood houses, an insect forest, a charcoal kiln, a shiitake mushroom house, accommodations, an orchard, and other facilities. You can fully enjoy walking in the fresh verdure of a sawtooth oak forest, and savor “forest dishes” such as pizzas topped with edible wild plants.
This is a beautiful natural park featuring the refreshing landscapes of a mountain stream running along a mountain trail in Nishidera, Ofuku-cho, Mine City, at the foot of Mt. Ganpi. In the park, a “waterfall-opening” ceremony takes place on the first Sunday of July every year. You can enjoy somen-nagashi (catching somen noodles from a flow of water with chopsticks, and eating them) in summer, and colored leaves in fall. Somen-nagashi in Suijin Park is offered from April 29 to the second Sunday of September (only on Sundays and holidays until the end of June). You can savor somen noodles while enjoying the cool environment with a beautiful view of waterfalls.