The main street is similar to post towns in the Kiso Valley. (Photo: Sandra Isaka)

Iwami Ginzan's Omori-cho

Historic town in rural Shimane

Sandra Isaka   - 1 min read

The town of Omori is one of Japan's least known treasures. Hidden in Shimane Prefecture and rarely visited, it is now part of the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town runs over a kilometer, from one of the mine entrances, and down along a river valley. It is lined with traditional homes, shops, cafes, temples and shrines. Omori is similar to the post towns of Narai-juku and Tsumago-juku in the Kiso Valley, but the town receives much fewer visitors.

Sandra Isaka

Sandra Isaka @sandra.isaka

As an intercultural consultant & Japan travel specialist with 20 years in Japan, I love sharing my favorite places with others.