Sites to see in the Geopark : Related facilities

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1.Mine City Museum of History and Folklore

This museum exhibits fossil specimens owned by the late palaeontologist Okazaki Gorō from Mine City, as well as many materials about the Ōmine Coalfield, and drugs produced in Isa and sold by pedlars. The museum explains clearly the history and culture of Mine.

  • Location: 279-1 Higashi-bun, Ōmine-chō, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • Hours: 9.00-17.00 (last entry 16.30)
  • Admission: Senior high school students or older: 100 yen; elementary and junior high school students: 50 yen
  • Closed: National holidays, New Year holidays, and Mondays (if a national holiday falls on a Monday, the museum will be closed on both the Monday and the following day.)
  • Access: (1) 5 min. on foot from JR Mine Sta., or (2) 10 min. by car from Mine IC on the Chūgoku Expressway
  • Enquiries: Mine City Museum of History and Folklore Tel. & Fax: +81 (0)837-53-0189
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2.Mine Fossil Museum

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.

  • Location: 315-12 Higashibun, Ōmine-chō, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • Hours: 9.00-17.00 (last entry 16.30)
  • Admission: ≪Individual≫ Senior high school students or older: 100 yen; elementary and junior high school students: 50 yen
  • ≪Group≫ Senior high school students or older: 80 yen; elementary and junior high school students: 30 yen *Group fees apply to groups of 20 or more.
  • Closed: National holidays, New Year holidays, and Mondays (If a national holiday falls on a Monday, the museum will be closed on both the Monday and the following day.)
  • Access: 5 min. on foot from JR Mine Sta.
  • Enquiries: Mine Fossil Museum Tel.: +81 (0)837-52-5474
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3.Mori-no-Eki (Forest Station)

This is Yamaguchi Prefecture’s only mori-no-eki (forest station), an 18-hectare forest featuring log cabins, a camping ground, an insect forest, a charcoal kiln, a shiitake mushroom house, accommodation, an orchard and other facilities. You can fully enjoy walking in the fresh verdure of a sawtooth oak forest, and savour “forest dishes” such as pizzas topped with edible wild plants.

  • Location: Mitsusugi, Ōmine-chō, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • Admission: 100 yen
  • Access: (1) 15 min. by bus from JR Mine Sta. and 10 min. on foot from Mitsusugi, or (2) 15 min. by car from Mine West IC
  • Enquiries: Mori-no-Eki Tel.: +81 (0)837-52-1644
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4.Suijin Park

This beautiful natural park features the refreshing landscapes of a mountain stream running along a mountain trail in Nishidera, Ofuku-chō, Mine City, at the foot of Mt Ganbi. In the park, a “waterfall opening” ceremony takes place on the first Sunday of July every year. You can enjoy sōmen-nagashi (catching sōmen noodles from a flow of water with chopsticks) in summer, and coloured leaves in autumn. Sōmen-nagashi in Suijin Park is offered from 29th April to the second Sunday of September (on Sundays and holidays only from April to the end of June). You can savour sōmen noodles while enjoying the cool environment with a beautiful view of the waterfalls.

  • Location: Nishidera, Ofuku-chō, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • Hours (sōmen-nagashi): 9.00-18.00
  • Access: (1) 10 min. on foot from JR Ofuku Sta., or (2) 20 min. by car from Mine IC
  • Enquiries: Tel.: +81 (0)837-56-0817 *Outside the sōmen-nagashi season, contact the Mine City General Tourism Department Tel: +81 (0)837-62-0305
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5.Ofuku Roadside Station

Located along Route 316, this roadside station enables you to relax while enjoying flowers and a hot spring. The facility houses the Ofuku hot spring and a restaurant, as well as a sorbet factory where about 20 kinds of sorbet are produced and sold annually using seasonal fruits and vegetables.

  • • Location: 4383-1 Ofuku-chō Kami, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • • Parking capacity: 80 cars and 3 large-sized vehicles
  • • Closed: 2nd Wednesday of every month (excluding those days in Jan. and Aug. If a national holiday falls on a regular day off, the facility will be closed on the following day.)
  • • Enquiries: Ofuku Roadside Station Tel.: +81 (0)837-56-5005; Fax: +81 (0)837-56-5006
  • • Website: http://r.goope.jp/michinoeki-ofuku (in Japanese)
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6.Shūhōyashiro Nukumori-no-Sato Exchange Centre

This centre aims to facilitate exchange among local residents and between local and urban residents, and contribute to regional revitalisation. It processes and sells local agricultural products, promotes the enhancement of regional welfare and community activities, and offers nature experience and nature observation programmes targeting children and their parents. The centre also aims to raise local residents’ awareness of environmental conservation and the importance of nature through its firefly observation programme.

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7.Akiyoshidai International Art Village

Surrounded by splendid natural features at the foot of the Akiyoshidai karst plateau, Akiyoshidai International Art Village was opened in August 1998 as a hub for the expressive, creative activities of artists from Japan and abroad. The Art Village is a residential facility for art and culture, which can be used for a wide variety of artistic and cultural activities, including music, fine arts, dancing and theatre. General visitors can also stay at the facility.

  • Location: 50 Akiyoshi, Shūhō-chō, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • Access: 5 min. by taxi from Ōda Chūō Bus Stop, or 5 min. by taxi from the Akiyoshidō Cave Bus Centre
  • Enquiries: Akiyoshidai International Art Village Tel.: +81 (0)837-63-0020; Fax: +81 (0)837-63-0021
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8.Akiyoshidai Family Travel Village

Featuring the distinctive peak-roofed administrative building, Akiyoshidai Family Travel Village is a recreational facility surrounded by the natural features of Akiyoshidai karst plateau. This facility contains all the amenities to help you enjoy yourself fully in the resort. It can be also used as a base for sightseeing in Akiyoshidai.

  • Location: 1237-553 Akiyoshi, Shūhō-chō, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • Access: 5 min. by car from Akiyoshidai IC on the Ogōri-Hagi Road
  • Enquiries: Akiyoshidai Family Travel Village Tel.: +81 (0)837-62-1110
  • Website:http://a-kazoku.com/ (in Japanese)
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9.Marble Processing Exhibition Hall

The Shūhō-chō Akiyoshi Workshop was established in July 1953 as a facility for processing quality marble produced in Akiyoshidai and selling these speciality marble products on the Akiyoshi Cave Shopping Street. The production of processed marble at the workshop grew in parallel with the increase in the number of tourists, but, to the regret of all those involved, the lack of successors and drastic changes in demand for marble products brought an end to the 50-year history of the workshop in March 2004. The Marble Processing Exhibition Hall exhibits machines that were used in the workshop.

  • Location: 3441-1 Akiyoshi, Shūhō-chō, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • Hours: 9.00-16.30
  • Open throughout the year
  • Access: 5 min. by car from Akiyoshidai IC on the Ogōri-Hagi Road
  • Enquiries: Mine City General Tourism Department Tel.: +81 (0)837-62-0305
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10.Mitō Roadside Station

At Mitō Roadside Station located along Route 435, you can obtain information about Mine City, buy speciality products of the city, and savour unique local dishes made with locally grown ingredients. Behind the roadside station is a riverside park with abundant natural features, where you can enjoy playing in the water.

  • Location: 5480-1 Ōda, Mitō-chō, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • Parking capacity: 89 cars and 6 large-sized vehicles
  • Open year-round
  • Enquiries: Mitō Roadside Station Tel.: +81 (0)8396-2-2500
  • Website:http://michinoekimitou.blog.fc2.com/ (in Japanese)