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The Old Silver Mine Carriage Road and Road of Ore
Bantan’s Industrial Heritage Route, Memories of Resource Rich Japan.

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STORY

In the district of Bantan located in the central part of Hyogo Prefecture, there is a straight road from north to south that connects the port of Shikama in Himeji to the silver mine of Ikuno.
This road is known as ‘Gin no Bashamichi’ or ‘Silver Carriage Road’. Together with ‘Koseki no Michi’, or ‘Road of Ore’, this route spans 73 kilometers from the port to what used to be Japan’s leading mineral mines in Akenobe and Nakaze.
The beginning of the road is lined with old way stations reminiscent of the Meiji era (1868-1912), then transitions to mining towns, and eventually leads to the quietude of the abandoned mining tunnels.
Traveling along this historic road of Japan’s modernization is to discover the past and present of the mining towns ,along with the pioneering spirit of industrial economic development of modern Japan.

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CULTURAL PROPERTIES

AREA

Himeji City, Fukusaki Town, Ichikawa Town, Kamikawa Town, Asago City, Yabu City (Hyogo Prefecture)

ACCESS

Himeji City
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)~JR Himeji Sta.(Approx. 3hr5min)
    • JR Osaka Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)~JR Himeji Sta.
  • Car
    • From Osaka Suita IC(Cugoku・Sanyo Expressway/Himeji BP)~Himeji(Approx. 60min)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Osaka(Itami) Airport(Express Bus)~Himeji
    • Haneda Airport~Kansai International Airport(Express Bus)~Himeji
    • Haneda Airport~Kobe Airport(Port Liner)~Sannomiya Sta.(JR Kobe Line)~Himeji
  • Express Bus
    • Osaka(Itami) Airport~Himeji
    • Kansai International Airport~Himeji
Fukusaki Town
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)~JR Himeji Sta.(Bantan Line)~JR Fukusaki Sta.
  • Car
    • From Osaka Suita IC(Cugoku・Bantan Expressway)~Fukusaki IC
Ichikawa Town
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)~JR Himeji Sta.(Bantan Line)~JR Amaji Sta.(Approx. 4hr30min)
Kamikaze Town
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)~JR Himeji Sta.(Bantan Line)~JR Teramae Sta.(Approx. 4hr)
  • Car
    • From Tokyo (Tomei・Meishin・Cugoku・Bantan Expressway)~Kanzaki-Minami IC
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Osaka Airport~Osaka Airport Sta.(Osaka Monorail)~Senri-Chuo Sta.(Kita Osaka Express)~JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)~JR Himeji Sta.(Bantan Line)~JR Teramae Sta.
  • Express Bus
    • From Tokyo~Fukusaki
Asago City
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tokaiodo Shinkansen)~JR Wadayama Sta.(Approx. 4hr10min)
  • Car
    • From Osaka (Chugoku Expressway)~Yohikawa IC(Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway)~Kasuga JCT(KIta-Kinki Toyooka Expressway)~Wadayama IC(Approx. 7hr30min)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Aiport~Kobe Airport~Kobe Airport Sta.(Kobe Shinkoutsuu)~JR Sannnomiya Sta.(Kobe Line)~JR Himeji Sta.(Bantan Line)~JR Wadayama Sta.
  • Express Bus
    • Tokyo~Himeji~JR Himeji Sta.(Bantan Line)~JR Wadayama Sta.(Approx. 11hr40min)
Yabu City
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)~JR Himeji Sta.(Bantan Line)~JR Wadayama Sta.(Sanin Main Line)~JR Youka Sta.(Approx. 4hr20min)
    • JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Bantan Line)~JR Wadayama Sta.(Sanin Main Line)~JR Youka Sta.(Approx. 2hr10min)
    • JR Kyoto Sta.(Bantan Line)~JR Wadayama Sta.(Sanin Main Line)~JR Youka Sta.(Approx. 2hr)
    • JR Kobe Sta.(Bantan Line)~JR Wadayama Sta.(Sanin Main Line)~JR Youka Sta.(Approx. 2hr10min)
  • Car
    • From Osaka・Kobe (Chugoku Expressway)~Yohikawa IC(Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway)~Kasuga IC(KIta-Kinki Toyooka Expressway)~Wadayama IC~Yoka-Hyonosen IC(Approx. 2hr)
    • From Kyoto (Route 9/Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway)~Kasuga IC(KIta-Kinki Toyooka Expressway)~Wadayama IC~Yoka-Hyonosen IC(Approx. 2hr30min)
  • Airplane
    • Osaka(Itami) Airport~Konotori Tajima Airport~Yabu City

CONTACT

  • Local creation Promotion Office, Himeji City Mayer’s Office
  • TEL:079-221-2207
  • Fukusaki Town Regional Development Division
  • TEL:0790-22-0560
  • Ichikawa Town General Affairs Division
  • TEL:0790-26-1010
  • Kamikawa Town
  • TEL:0790-34-0002
  • General Policy Division, Asago City Mayer’s Office
  • TEL:079-672-6110
  • Yabu City Planning Policy Division
  • TEL:079-662-7602

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The Old Silver Mine Carriage Road and Road of Ore

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