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About Miné-Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau Geopark

Miné-Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau Geopark is based on the themes of white, black, and red. The geopark's highlights include Akiyoshidai, a karst plateau made of limestone (white); Ōmine Coalfield, which produces anthracite coal (black); and the Naganobori Copper Mine Ruins, where copper (red) that was used to build the Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple was produced. The people of this area have long made use of the karst topography. At Miné-Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau Geopark, visitors can experience not only the history and lifestyle unique to the karst topography, but also the dynamic nature of the Earth that created it.

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International Geological Significance

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Code of Conduct

~The 9 Rules of Miné-Akiyoshidai
Karst Plateau Geopark~

  • Take home your trash. Pick up any trash that you find.
  • Be aware of weather conditions and prepare appropriate clothing and items (hats, drinks etc).
  • Drive safely.
  • Don’t leave the footpaths when walking through the karst plateau or tourist caves.
  • Follow the instructions of guides (such as geoguides) when visiting the geopark with them.
  • Don’t access sites that can only be accessed with a guide (such as a geoguide) without gaining permission.
  • Don’t remove, damage, or cause harm to plants, stones, or animals.
  • Don’t purchase rocks, fossils, or minerals.
  • Respect the natural environment of the Earth.
※Please obey the law and follow all other regulations, and enjoy your visit to Miné-Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau Geopark.