Ashio Copper Mine Remains

Ashio Copper Mine Remains

Ashio Copper Mine is in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. There is a museum offering tours inside the Ashio Copper Mine, which once flourished as the #1 mine in Japan.

Ashio Copper Mine was a giant copper mine with a 400-year history. After the closing of the mine, a part of the tunnels were repaired and opened for viewing from the inside. First, you will ride a minecart train and enter an approximately 700 m-long tunnel. Inside the mine, lifelike mannequins model how people worked inside the mine.

At the Ashio Copper Mine ruins there are 3 museums, which includes the Copper Museum, which exhibits how to refine copper from ore. If you visit all 3, you could learn about the history of the modernization of Japan.

Basic Information

9-2 Ashiomachitsudo, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture
0288-93-3240 (Ashio Copper Mine Tourism Management Office)
9:00 - 16:30
Open year-round
Adult: ¥830
Elementary & Middle school student: ¥410


  • FromWatarase Keikoku Railway Tsudo Station
    About a 6-minute walk

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