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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.