Iwami Ginzan Day 1
From Okubo Mabu
to Chogin Coin Key Chain
Making Workshop and Traditional Dish
Okubo Mabu is like no place I have ever been. First of all, the hike up the mountain is gorgeous. Then when you enter the mine it’s like going into another world. That first step into the dripping mineshaft is like something out of a movie. You can actually see the places where the methods for mining silver changed in different eras. There is something awe-inspiring to see the large caverns carved out by human hands. Just be careful of bats! To go from that to an extravagant meal, prepared with local ingredients, then a long restful sleep in a soft bed was a perfect day!
Chogin Coin Key Chain
My pendant was a little fat on one side! I was worried I wouldn’t get it on the keychain! But the instructor helped me file it down. Now I have a handmade token of my time in the mines!
At night you can go out and see every star! The rooms were much bigger than I expected, and the beds were super comfy. After all that hiking I slept like a log!