Hyogo Prefecture Photo Library No.19 Sightseeing Spots for Adopter, Asago, and Tamba

The 19th installment of the series that introduces the attractions of Hyogo Prefecture with photos introduces tourist spots in Yabu City, Asago City, and Tamba City. Yabu and Asago have many industrial heritages that are known to support the modernization of Japan, such as the “Akenobe Mine”, “Mikobata Mining Site” and “Ikuno Ginzan”. In addition, the popular “Takeda Castle” will be taken up. In addition, you will see Byakugoji the famous sight of the wisteria in Tamba City, the fossil museum Chitan no Yakata, and the paragliding practice.

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[Akenobe Mine]

The Akenobe mine has been excavated since the Asuka era, and copper from Akenobe was also used for casting the Great Buddha in Nara. During the Sengoku period, it was ruled by Oda, Toyotomi, and those in power, and in the Edo period it became the jurisdiction of the Shogunate Daikansho. New technologies were introduced in the Meiji era, and tin ore was discovered and contributed to the modernization of Japan.

However, cheap minerals came in from overseas, and it was closed in 1987. Now, it is preserved as “Akenobe Mine Exploration Trail” almost as it was when the mountain was closed, and a tour is being conducted.

The total length of the tunnel is about 550 km, which is comparable to that between Tokyo and Osaka. The depth is about 1,000 meters, 1.6 times the depth of Tokyo Sky Tree.

[Mine Learning Center]
This facility is located right next to the mine entrance of the  Akenobu Mine, and after the mountain was closed, the “Western Mining Division Office” was established as a learning facility. Three-dimensional underground models, minerals and mining tools are on display.

[Remains of Mikobata Mining Site]

There was a mine originally opened in the Heian era in Mikobata, but the amount of mining decreased from the second half of the Meiji era. Was cut.

At the time, it was called “Largest in the Orient” because of its scale and output, and it was operating until midnight and was called “Nightless Castle”. However, along with the closing of the Akenobu mine in 1987, the Mikobata quarry also ended its role. The building has been demolished, and now only the basic part remains as it is, but in recent years it has attracted attention as an industrial heritage. Incline (sloped orbit) rails used for transporting people and things and a huge filtration device “Thickener” are also left behind.

[Akenobu 1 yen train≫
In 1964, the Meishin train was opened for transportation of people and goods, connecting about 6.1km between the Akenobu mine and the Mikobata mine. After starting at 50 fare and raising the price to 1 yen in 1972, the price was maintained until the closing of the Akenobu mine in 1987 and became a hot topic.
The vehicles with three cars are on display at the Mikobata Mining Site and the Akenobu Mine / Ikuno Ginzan.

[Former Mikobata Mining Office]
A colonial-style building built in 1872 as an Ikuno mine dormitory. It was later relocated to Mikobata and used as an office and clinic.
It is said to be the building where the French engineer Mousse lived and is also called the “Musee’s old residence”, but it is not clear whether it is historical.

[Mikobata Cast Iron Bridge]
This iron bridge was completed in 1908 and was built as part of a mine road connecting Mikobata and Ikuno. Among the existing Japanese bridges, it is the third oldest bridge in Japan after Shinsaibashi in Osaka and Danjo Bridge in Tokyo, and is the oldest iron bridge in Japan.

[Ikuno Ginzan]

Ikuno Ginzan was a silver mine discovered in the Heian period, and full-scale mining began in the Muromachi period. A Daikansho was established in the Edo period. During the Meiji era, a French engineer arrived and modernized. It was known as one of the largest mine in Japan, but closed in 1973.
The total length of the mine is 350km and the depth is about 880m. More than 70 types of minerals were mined.

Today, a sightseeing course has been set up in the tunnel, and the dolls of miners placed to show the situation at that time became popular as “Ginzan Boys” and songs were made until the general election. This song can be heard in the tunnel.

[Kanagase sightseeing tunnel]
You can see the inside of the tunnel and the mining equipment in a state close to that of the time. On the other hand, the Ginzan Boys have recreated the situation at the time, and there is a mine blasting experiential device and amusement park-like fun.

[Takeda Castle Ruins]

It has been selected as the “Castle in the Sky” floating in the sea of ​​clouds, Takeda Castle, also known as “Japanese Machu Picchu”, and the 100 Japanese Castles in 2006. Takeda Castle is a mountain castle built on the top of Mt. The alias is called “Torafusujo,Kogajo”.

The scale is approximately 400m from north to south and approximately 100m from east to west. Takeda Castle was built in 1443 by Mochitoyo Yamana (Sozen  Yamana), but at that time it was a earthen wall castle. Tensho 13 (1585) Hirohide Akamatsu became the lord of the castle, and a complete stone wall castle was completed.

Takeda Castle Ruins, which you often see, is a view from Ritsuunkyo on the middle of the mountain (Mt. Asago) opposite Takeda Castle Ruins. There are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3 observatory, and you can see the lighting up well.

[Wisteria of Byakugo-ji]

One of Tamba’s best burial mounds, “ Byakugo-ji”, is a Tendai Buddhist temple that is said to be the founder of the Hodo Sennin in 705. The Sango is Godaisan. The main priest is Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai (secret Buddha). “It was named“ Byakugo-ji ”because it shone from the white birch between the eyebrows.”

Byakugo-ji is one of the most famous “wisteria” spots in western Japan, and many people visit the “Kyusyaku Fuji Festival” every year in early May. “Kyusyaku Fuji” is a variety with long flower spikes of more than 1m.
Looking up from the bottom of the wisteria shelf, it looks as if you are taking a wisteria shower, which is a popular angle for photographers. It is lit up at night. It is a fantastic beauty that is different from daytime.

“We use five types of lights to illuminate the Kyusyaku Fuji at Byakugo-ji . In addition to the white, daylight, and orange colors of the LED lights, this is a mercury lamp and a halogen light. More than that, photos and videos have a clear color difference and look like an aurora. ”(From Byakugo-ji HP)

[Chitan Hall]

In August 2006, the fossils excavated from the Sasayama Sogun Deiganso by two men were found to be “dinosaur fossils” about 110 million years ago. The nickname “Tamba Ryu” was given, and a full-scale excavation began in 2007, from the first to the sixth excavation. In the excavation, fossils such as the caudal vertebrae and blood arches (bones coming out of the caudal vertebrae), cerebral canal (the part of the skull containing the brain), ribs, atlases, teeth, and trunk vertebrae were discovered. .

In 2014, it was recognized as a new sauropod genus, scientific name “Tambatitanis amicitiae” because of its unique characteristics. This is the fifth new genus and species in Japan. Titan Ryu Fossil Studio “Chitan no Yakata” has a full-scale Tamba Ryu full-body skeleton (replica), and a lot of dinosaur full-body skeletons (replicas) such as Probactrosaurus and Gastonia are displayed around it. A fossil replica that has been cleaned is affixed to the full-scale Tamba Ryu skeleton as “Tamba Ryu Restoration in Progress” on the wall.

[Tamba Paragliding]

Aogaki-cho, Tamba is one of the best sky sports areas in western Japan. There is a flight base for paragliders in Mt. Iwaya in Aogaki. You can enjoy a flight while looking at the scenery of the seasonal Tamba with mountains.
It is about 70 minutes by car from Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, etc., and 5 minutes from Aogaki interchange on Kitakinki Toyooka Expressway. Many flyers visit on weekends.

Tamba City Aogaki Paragliding Practice Field (Green Park Aogaki) is a paragliding beginner practice area. You can challenge basic practice and floating experience on the slope of grassland with relatively little difference in altitude. Unfortunately, we were unable to fly on the shooting day due to the weather, so we will deliver the scenery of this practice area.

Thanks to everyone at “Roll Out Paragliding School” for their cooperation.