Bantan Throughway — Gin no Bashamichi and Koseki no Michi Japan Heritage Site 73 Kilometers of Historic Ruts in Japan, a Resource-Rich Country

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2018.03.09
The official Bantan Throughway — Gin no Bashamichi and Koseki no Michi Japan Heritage website is now online.

The Bantan Throughway — 73 km of Historic Ruts

  • Gin no Bashamichi

    Gin no Bashamichi

  • Hatakawara, Kamikawa’s Yoshitomi Area — The Last Remaining Gin no Bashamichi Site

    Hatakawara, Kamikawa’s Yoshitomi Area — The Last Remaining Gin no Bashamichi Site

  • Ikuno — One of Japan’s Best Mining Towns

    Ikuno — One of Japan’s Best Mining Towns

  • Ikuno Silver Mine — Japan’s First Publicly Owned Mine

    Ikuno Silver Mine — Japan’s First Publicly Owned Mine

  • Former Mikobata Mine — One of East Asia’s Large Processing Sites, Dubbed the “Nocturnal Castle”

    Former Mikobata Mine — One of East Asia’s Large Processing Sites, Dubbed the “Nocturnal Castle”

  • Akenobe Mine Exploration Tunnel — 550 km of Discovery

    Akenobe Mine Exploration Tunnel — 550 km of Discovery

The Bantan Throughway — 73 km of Historic Ruts

The Bantan region sits at the heart of Hyogo Prefecture.
The region is home to Gin no Bashamichi, the Old Silver Mine Carriage Road that runs from Himeji City’s Shikama Port in the south to Ikuno Silver Mine in the north.
The area is also home to Koseki no Michi (the Ore Road), which connects Akenobe Mine and Nakaze Mine. Covering 73 km in all, these roads (combining to form the Bantan Road) pass through mining towns and post towns where the Meiji Era can still be found today toward Japan’s most impressive group of mines, each with serene tunnels waiting to be explored.
Traveling along this road—considered Japan’s first steps toward modernization—toward the mine group that marks the terminus, travelers will experience the landscape and lives both past and present of iconic mining towns, culminating in an unforgettable look at Japan’s unique history of mineral resources.

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Cultural Properties and Sightseeing Spots

Combining for a total length of 73 km,
Gin no Bashamichi and Koseki no Michi include 16 different cultural assets and a wide variety of sightseeing spots,
giving visitors the chance to experience the historical and cultural heritage passed down from ancient times.
Feel free to come and find your next destination as soon as possible.

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Access Rankings

From out-of-the-way places to popular destinations,
both Gin no Bashamichi and Koseki no Michi offer a wide variety of sightseeing spots.
The sights listed here are ranked according to the frequency of access out of all sightseeing spots listed on this website.
Feel free to come and find your next destination as soon as possible.

Recommended Sightseeing Courses

Areas along the “Bantan Throughway — Gin no Bashamichi and Koseki no Michi”
include numerous sightseeing spots with exquisite views in any season and bringing to life traditional Japanese beauty.
In addition to the recommended courses focusing on themes of the certified Japan Heritage site
“The Bantan Throughway — 73 km of Historic Ruts,”
various unique courses that take advantage of the charms of each area are also available.

Superb-View Photogenic Course

This two-day sightseeing course includes stops at the Gin no Bashamichi and Koseki no Michi area’s most notable scenic spots. Experience such stunning landscapes as Himeji Castle World Heritage Site, Tonomine Kogen Highlands, and Ikuno Silver Mine.

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Cultural Properties Exploration Course

Under the moniker “Cultural Properties Exploration,” this course focuses on the cultural properties associated with the certified Japan Heritage stories by coming face to face with history in various cities and towns.

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