Tourist facility

Kiwa-cho Mine Museum

Kiwa-cho Mine Museum

The Kiwa-cho Mine Museum in the mountains west of Kumano-shi (Kumano city) in Mie Prefecture presents the history of what was once one of Japan's largest mines. The museum opened in 1995.
The two-story Kiwa-cho Mine Museum contains a variety of exhibits including a large number of rock samples showing the different metals and minerals that were extracted from the mine over the ages.

Dioramas and mannequins recreate the offices of the Edo Period local governors, who controlled the mines, and also working conditions in the mines themselves from the 8th century on.

The lift to the first floor from the second floor attempts to recreate the descent into a mine shaft. The first floor is dedicated to the more modern Showa era mine and contains life-sized mannequins wielding power drills, the engine and carriages from the pit railway and a section on the British POW's who worked at the mines during World War II.

These exhibits also help to demonstrate what life was like for the miners who extracted 3,000 tons of copper from the mine between 1934 and 1978.


Phone +81 597 97 1000 Fax
Address 110-1, Kiwacho Itaya, Kumano Shi, Mie Ken, 519-5413, Japan
Official website
Opening hours 9:00 ~ 17:00
Closed Monday (next weekday if public holiday), 12/29-1/3
Admission fee Adults 310 yen
High school student 310 yen
Junior high school student 100 yen
Elementary school student 100 yen
Small children 0 yen
Seniors 310 yen
Others (Disability discount): 155 yen
Transportation 30 min. by car from JR Kumanoshi Station
From JR Kumano City Station, get off at Itaya Bus Stop on the Kumano Kodo Seiryuso Line.
Wheelchair rental Available
Baby stroller rentals Not available
Staffs speak foreign language Not available
Website for foreign language Not available
Internet access Wifi Available
Free Wifi / Charged Free

Parkings <Available>

Parkings Available/Not available Available( 8 cars)
Handycap parking space Not available

Building <Available>

Building [1]
Entrance 1 The door opening width 120 cm
Step Flat

2nd floor exhibition

2nd floor exhibition

2nd floor exhibition/Village headman house

1st floor exhibition/Recreate the working miners

1st floor exhibition/Recreate the working miners

1st floor exhibition/Touchable rock samples

1st floor exhibition/Fluorescent rock sample


Elevator [1] The door opening width 88cm
The internal elevator dimensions Width:159 cm Depth:148 cm

Wheelchair lavatory <Available>

Wheelchair lavatory [1] Lavatory door Opening width( 87 cm )Bumps( 0 cm )
Dimensions of the lavatory ( 181 cm ) × ( 200 cm ) toward toilet
Grab bars ● Right side toward toilet:
● Left side toward toilet:
Ostomate facility Not available
Multipurpose bed Not available
Instruction booklet in foreign language Not available

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