This museum features an exhibition of a fossil specimen collection that was put together by the late Okazaki Gorō from Mine city, alongside various resources regarding Ōmine Coalfield and medicine that was produced and sold in Isa. The museum exhibitions give a clear explanation of the history and culture of Mine city.
The museum mainly features fossils that were produced in Mine city and explains what fossils are under the themes of vertebrate animals, ammonites, and insects. Ammonite fossils from various eras and the fossils of insects that have been trapped within amber are also on display. The large limestone collection in the museum’s warehouse also contains many fossils.
This is the only forest station in Yamaguchi Prefecture. It has an 18-hectare forest with facilities such as a log house, camping ground, insect forest, charcoal kiln, shiitake mushroom house, overnight accommodation and an orchard. You can enjoy forest bathing in the sawtooth oak tree forest as you surround yourself with verdure, or enjoy forest food such as wild vegetables pizza.
This beautiful park lies at the east of the foot of Mt Ganbi and has refreshing views of the mountain stream that flows along a mountain trail in Nishidera, Ofuku-chō, Mine-shi. A ‘waterfall opening’ is held every year on the first Sunday of July. Visitors can enjoy sōmen nagashi (catching sōmen noodles from a flow of water with chopsticks) in the summer and the colorful leaves in the autumn. Sōmen nagashi is held between April 29th and the second Sunday of September (but only on Sundays and public holidays until the end of June). Visitors can come to take part in sōmen nagashi while watching the cooling waterfall.
This is a peaceful roadside station along Japan National Route 316 where you can enjoy flowers and the Ofuku hot spring. There is a restaurant as well as a sherbet workshop which uses seasonal fruit and vegetables to produce and sell approximately 20 types of sherbet throughout the year.
This center aims to contribute to the revitalization of the region by creating a space where local residents can interact with each other as well as a space where local residents and visitors from large cities can exchange ideas. It coordinates activities such as the production and distribution of local agricultural products, the enhancement of regional welfare and community activities, nature experiences for parents and their children, and nature observation programs. The center also works to raise awareness of environmental conservation and the importance of nature by organizing a firefly observation event.
The Akiyoshidai International Art Village, which is surrounded by nature, was opened in August 1998 at the foot of Akiyoshidai to act as a hub of expressive and creative activities for artists from Japan and abroad. The Art Village acts as a space for ‘the creation and sharing of art and culture’ on a worldwide scale and is a residential art and culture facility which is equipped for a wide range of artistic and cultural activities such as music, fine arts, dancing, and theater. General visitors can also stay at the facility.
Famous for the pointy roof on its administrative building, Akiyoshidai Family Travel Village is a recreation facility surrounded by great nature in Akiyoshidai where a holiday on the karst plateau can be enjoyed by all visitors. It is located in the middle of Yamaguchi Prefecture and can be used as a base for a holiday at Akiyoshidai.
The Shūhō-chō Akiyoshi Sheltered Workshop was established in July 1953 within the Akiyoshidō Shopping Street as a facility where the high-quality marble that is produced in Akiyoshidai would be processed and sold as a local specialty product. Although the manufacture of marble grew with the increase in number of tourists, the lack of people that could take over the project and the decrease in demand starting in the 1980s resulted in the closure of the building in March 2004 after being in operation for half a century. The machines that were used at the time are exhibited at the Exhibition Hall.
At Mitō Roadside Station along Japan National Route 435, visitors can gain information about Mine city, purchase specialty products of Mine city and enjoy unique local dishes that are made using local produce. Behind the roadside station is Kasen Waterpark where visitors can enjoy the abundant nature and play in the shallow water.