Asago is a city in the north of Hyogo, and this past weekend, I was fortunate enough to have visited.
First, we visited Mikobata Senkyoujo, which was a mine that had been closed down. It was once Asia’s largest silver processor. On site was a museum of artifacts, photographs, and a model of the area. I was taken with one photograph of a fruit on a tree, but I have no idea what the fruit is.
The highlight of the trip was the Ikuno Silver Mine. There, we met Asago’s mayor! We had the opportunity to make our own initialed silver pendants, for which I bought a necklace.
After, a history of the mine was given. We walked through a high-ceilinged room in which there was a large replica of the silver mines. Some of the model miners, in the spirit of Halloween, were in Halloween masks.
We were free to enter and walk through the mines which were decorated with larger models of miners, some of which were also in costume. These ones are called the Ginza Boys. The mines were a marvel!
We then had a tour-guided stroll through Ikuno town. It’s a beautiful, quiet town. Or maybe everyone was away for the weekend. Ha-ha! Last on the list was a visit to Kurokawa Onsen where we had dinner.
Overall, this was a great trip. Not only because of the locations, but also because of the people I’d met on tour, both locals and foreigners. Asago—You gotta go!
For more information, click the link below:
・Ikuno NAVI生野NAVI / Ikuno NAVI
・Ikuno silver mine 生野銀山 / Ikuno silver mine
・Marie (silversmithing studio) 銀細工工房マリー / Marie (silversmithing studio)
・Kousyataku(Takashi Shimura Memorial Hall)甲社宅（志村喬記念館）/ Kousyataku(Takashi Shimura Memorial Hall)
・Kassel(Hotel)カッセル / Kassel
・Idutuya 井筒屋 / Idutuya
・Asagoshi朝来市 / Asago city
・Ikuno hashed rice MAP生野ハヤシライスMAP / Ikuno hashed rice MAP
・Kurokawa hot spring黒川温泉 / Kurokawa hot spring