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Oda is also a Japanese family name

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Oda (大田市) is a city in Shimane.


Omori Town (near Iwami Town) is a fantastic old silver mining town, which accounted for about 1/3 of the world's silver production at its peak. Omori and the surrounding area had hundreds of silver mines of various sizes.

Get in

Oda city is accessible via Odashi Station along the San-in Line. Visitors most often take a train from from Izumo (¥570), however direct trains can be taken from as far as Tottori to the east and Yamaguchi to the west.

Get around

Several buses go up the main street. There are also bicycles for rent. I think you pay the rental fee at the gas station across the street. You can also walk, but it is a mostly uphill walk for about 2 km from the main starting point to the main mine.



Iwami Ginzan

Iwami Ginzan (石見銀山) [1] was one of the world's largest silver mines during the 16th and 17th centuries. At this time, one third of the world's silver came out of Japan, and Iwami Ginzan produced much of that silver, although many other mines existed. It was officially registered as a World Heritage Site in June 2007 under the name Iwami Ginzan Silver Mines and its Cultural Landscape, encompassing the mines, Omori Town, and Yunotsu.

  • Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft, 085-489-0347. Open from 9AM to 5PM (4PM in winter). The only mine shaft that visitors can tour on their own without a guided tour, although guided tours are also available. It's only a fraction of the tunnels that were dug around here, but a walk through the shaft is impressive nonetheless. ¥400.  edit
  • Ookubo Mabu Mine Shaft, 085-484-0750. Tours begin at 9:30AM, 10:30AM, 12:15AM, and 1:15AM and last 2.5 hours. No tours are available on Fri., Sat., or Sun. from March through November. The largest and most impressive mine shaft in Iwami Ginzan. Previously not open to the public, it is now open to the public for touring through guided tours. Although you may be able to join a tour without reservations, it is reccommended that those planning on taking the tour make a reservation, as only a limited number of tours are offered per week. Those taking the tour must meet at the Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center where a bus will take you to the mines. Those willing to spend the time and money to take the tour will be able to appreciate Iwami Ginzan to a much greater degree than those who only visit the Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft. ¥3800 (Includes bus to and from the mine shaft and equipment rental).  edit
  • Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center, 085-489-0183. Open from 9AM to 5PM. A museum that displays the history of the mines through artifacts, recreated scenes, and interactive computers. It is typically the first stop visitors make when visiting the mines, and it's a nice place to prepare you for everything you are about to see. ¥500.  edit
  • Gohyaku-Rakan, 804 Omori-cho, 085-489-0005. Open 9AM to 5PM. An interesting temple cut into the side of the hill housing 500 carved Boddhisatva statues. It is located alongside the road leading to the World Heritage Center. ¥500.  edit

Take a beautiful walk down the old single-street town up the hill on the way to the main mine - several old merchants homes / samurai homes and other buildings are restored. Beautiful houses. Tremendous wealth here at one time. There are several open houses along the way that you can pay to enter. You can also buy a pass that gives you admission to all of the open houses.

  • Old Court House. Now a public hall. Has a 3D display of the geography around. Very interesting. Also a recreated scene of some miscreant receiving his sentence... must've been quite a bit of crime during the silver rush.... Easy to imagine this place in the boom years - like some scene from a Western, with swordsmen instead of gunslingers.


Kunkendo is a very coolly stylish cafe and design gallery featuring handcrafted glassware, pottery, clothing, and decor. In Omori Town, Open 10AM-6Pm daily, closed Wednesdays, tel. 0854-89-0077.


Hotels are scarce in the immediate Iwami Ginzan area. Prior to being named a World Heritage site, not many people outside of Shimane knew about it, so the infrastructure for dealing with lots of tourists is just now being developed.

Get out

By train, you can take a direct line to the following destinations:

Routes through Oda
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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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See also oda



Proper noun


  1. A female given name borrowed from German.



Short form of female compound names beginning with the Germanic element ot "riches".

Proper noun


  1. A female given name.

Related terms


Proper noun

Oda (hiragana おだ)

  1. 織田, 小田: A Japanese family name.


Proper noun


  1. A female given name borrowed from German.


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