Matsuo Mine
Nov 10, 2011 | One Comment |

Matsuo Mine

NAME

Matsuo Mine

LOCATION

Hachimantai, Iwate

BACKGROUND

Once the biggest sulfur mine in Japan, Matsuo Mine used to employ over 10,000 people in the mid-20th century. To improve the working conditions for its employees, concrete apartment blocks were built well before they became popular in Japan. Inside they had flush toilets and central heating, as well as a huge communal bath. Unfortunately, this modern metropolis did not last long. The mine closed down in 1976, everyone left and all the wooden buildings were burned, leaving only the concrete structures and the sanitation team.

Matsuo Mine

Matsuo Mine

ACCESS

From Tokyo, seven hours by car. Tohoku Express Way, Hachimentai Exit then follow the Matsuo signs.
By train follow:

  • Tokyo – JR Shinkansen Hayate 25 (2.5hrs)
  • Morioka – IGR Iwate Ginga Tetsudo (50min)
  • Kitamori – walk to Matsuo Hachimantai, Iwate (15min) to Matsuo
  • Total cost: ¥14,590

SOURCE

Photos by Jordy Meow and text by Jing Meow.
Haunting Silence of Tohoku Mines on Totoro Times.

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One Comment

  1. BaltoHusky345 . | August 12, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    The buildings are dilapidated and old. As an American tourist, coming from Tokyo to see the mines, what sort of equipment should I bring? I’m thinking standard hiking equipment with a hard hat, good camera for pictures, and an extra flashlight.

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