Omori Course 2 Nights/3 DaysCultural Experience :
A hands on journey of Iwami and World Heritage sites
- Omori Course

FY2023 Tourism Recommencement Project

As you are guided around the Town of Omori and the Iwami Ginzan silver mines, you will stay each night in the Abeke House, a popular ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) to visitors from around the world. You will also get to experience Kagura dancing, a tour of theOkubo Mabu Mine, and a meal that includes pounding your own mochi rice cakes.

Izumo Taisha
One of the grandest temples in all of Japan, it is the best place to see shinto culture, as the home to all the gods who dwell in Japan. Every year at new years this temple is packed with people wanting to pray for success in their lives.

Okubo Mabu Mines
The largest tunnel system of the Iwami Ginzan silver mines. You can see tunnels dug by hand during the 1600s as well as traces of machine mining. A guide will take you through the fascinating history of the mines.

Iwami Kagura
Iwami Kagura is an ancient and deeply cultural tradition unique to Shimane Prefecture. While on the tour, you get to not only see a live performance, but also paint your own Iwami Kagura masks to take home as a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Dining and Accomodation
Savor the many delicacies of the Shimane Prefecture, from Izumo Soba noodles to fresh seafood.

Walking Tour
The town of Omori still maintains much of its classic Japanese architecture. Enjoy a walking tour that takes you back to the middle ages of Japan, and experience the real lifestyles of the people who live there.

Okubo-mabu: Unveiling the Enigmatic Depths on the Premium Journey (Day 2)

Okubo-mabu in Iwami Ginzan, a part of the Iwami Silver Mine, is a significant site recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This location served as the heart of the silver mine that had a profound impact on the global economy in the 16th century, standing as a symbol of historical importance and technological innovation. Exploring Okubo-mabu allows visitors to glimpse into the mining techniques and the living conditions of workers during that time, conveying its cultural and historical significance.

In this Premium Tour, you’ll have a special opportunity to approach the “Fukuishiba,” considered the heart of Okubo-mabu, and experience the mining environment in darkness, just as it was in the past.
Equipped with helmets, boots, and headlamps, embark on an exciting and thrilling adventure into Okubo-mabu! Exclusive access to undisclosed areas, not accessible on regular tours, is a highlight.
Additionally, a high-intensity special illumination enables clear visibility deep into the tunnels, offering sights rarely seen otherwise. Moreover, by turning off the lights, you’ll experience the mining environment in pitch darkness, a sensation that sharpens the senses, creating an experience rarely encountered in everyday life.

  1. Access to undisclosed areas of Okubo-mabu
  2. Special illumination
  3. Transportation arrangements (such as taxis) to nearby areas (Kinseikou)
  4. Experience of the mining environment in darkness
Iwami Kagura and Yunotsu Sake Pairing Spectacle (Day 2)

We offer a unique viewing experience where, amidst traditional Japanese structures, you can relax on tatami mats in low chairs while savoring Iwami Kagura performances paired with local sake from Yunotsu.

As the resonating beats of the “Yobidaiko” drum echo, members of the Yunotsu Maiko Kagura troupe, adorned in Iwami Kagura attire, will pour the locally produced “Kaishun Hiya Oroshi Cho Karai” sake, crafted this autumn. This sake, named “Kaishun,” is the label of a local sake brewery. Anticipate the filling of your glassware engraved with this name with the locally crafted sake from Wakabayashi Brewery.

A Kagura member (or guide) will introduce the performance and the paired sake. They’ll discuss the seasonal Yunotsu sake that correlates with the act, aiming for you to enjoy the pairing of Iwami Kagura and local sake while understanding the concept.

For guests who prefer non-alcoholic options, enjoy Iwami Kagura-related “Kozo Tea,” utilizing materials from Sekishu Washi paper, and Wakabayashi Brewery’s brewing water, “Shikomi-mizu.”

After the performance, engage in conversation and interact with the Yunotsu Maiko troupe who showcased the Iwami Kagura. Also, dress up in the traditional costumes and accessories for memorable photo opportunities.

  1. Suggested pairings by Wakabayashi Brewery’s Toji (Head Brewer) according to the season and performance: October to November: Kaishun Hiya Oroshi Cho Kara, Kamegoro Junmai Namazake, Junmai Nama Kimoto Nishida Winter: Kaishun Hatsushibori, Junmai Kaishun Kan, Kamegoro Ichikaire Kan
  2. Provision of Yunotsu Sake from Wakabayashi Brewery that complements the Kagura performance
  3. Special insights and serving of paired sake by Kagura members dressed in traditional attire
  4. Post-performance interaction and exchange with the Kagura troupe members.
  5. Comfortable low chairs and seating arrangements with serving trays for relaxed viewing
Traditional Craft: Iwami Kagura Mask Painting and Tailored Experiences (Day 3)

“Iwami Kagura” is a traditional Japanese dance-drama native to the Shimane Prefecture. It portrays mythical stories from Japan’s folklore, featuring vibrant costumes, dynamic dances, and dramatic music. The performances often recount legends of gods and heroes, showcasing powerful movements and mesmerizing choreography. These productions are not just entertainment but also a significant cultural heritage, preserving ancient tales and spiritual beliefs through captivating theatrical artistry.

In this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to experience painting sessions under the guidance of Mr. Kobayashi Taizō and Ms. Izumi, inheritors of the Iwami Kagura mask, a traditional craft from Shimane Prefecture. They’ll provide instruction on brush techniques and handling while you paint, and the finished piece is yours to take home.

The Iwami Kagura mask, crafted from Sekishu Washi paper, is a designated Important Intangible Cultural Property, a traditional craft, and part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (Sekishu Washi). It possesses distinct characteristics compared to masks from other regions due to its origins in Sekishu Washi.

During this plan, you can select unique production processes typically not offered elsewhere, such as filling clay into plaster molds, Sekishu Washi paper application, and an extraordinary step, “dismounting” the mask from the mold, which showcases the exclusive techniques specific to Iwami Kagura masks.

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Dates & Fees

DatesTrip Fees
Applications must be for at least 2 people.
Dec. 5~7 2023 (O01) «Reception closed

Feb. 22~24 2024 (O02)

If you are staying in Omoya.
– 2 customers per room: 360,000 yen
– 3 customers per room: 345,000 yen
– 4 customers per room: 338,000 yen

If you are staying in Kura.
– 2 customers per room: 345,000 yen
– 3 customers per room: 330,000 yen
– 4 customers per room: 325,000 yen

*Prices cover accommodation, transportation, meals, etc.
*This tour will be accompanied by a tour guide and an interpreter.

Schedule

Day 1
11:50 Dept.Depart Izumo Airport
12:30~13:20Lunch: Restaurant Kanunrou
13:30~14:20Prayers at Izumo Taisha
15:30Omori: Takyo Abeke (tour of the house and relaxation time with drinks service)
☆Dinner in the house from 18:00, with desert at the Mu Jaku An
☆Evening: bar time at the Abeke Bar
Hotel Information: Takyo Abeke
Breakfast: X / Lunch: ✔ / Dinner: ✔

Day 2
8:00Hotel (Breakfast)
9:20Depart hotel
9:30~11:30Iwami Ginzan Guided walking tour of Omori town
11:40~12:30Lunch: Restaurant Omori-kaikan
12:40~13:20Visit Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center
13:30~15:30Tour of Okubo Mabu , the major active mining areas in Iwami Ginzan »Learn more
15:40Takyo Abeke (free time after arriving)
19:00~20:00Iwami Kagura dance performance »Learn more
☆Dinner from 18:00 at the house
Hotel Information: Takyo Abeke
Breakfast: ✔ / Lunch: ✔ / Dinner: ✔

Day 3
8:00Hotel (Breakfast)
9:30Depart hotel
10:00~12:00Kagura mask painting workshop (Kobayashi Kobo) »Learn more
12:30~14:00Abeke House: Hinaya (Lunch with mochi-pounding experience)
14:20~15:00Shopping: Michinoeki Goise nima
15:20~16:30Coffee break and Shopping: Wada chinmi
18:00Arrive at Izumo Airport
Breakfast: ✔ / Lunch: ✔ / Dinner: X

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Notes

Important Matters Okubo-mabu

Please check the following points before applying.

  • The tour will be held rain or shine and will be canceled only in case of stormy weather.
  • When entering the Okubo Mabu Mine, you are not allowed to bring any baggage with you (Only cameras are allowed).
  • The Okubo Mabu route is a mountain climbing course, so please bring clothes and shoes suitable for walking on a mountain path with poor footing, etc. (The tour arranges helmet, headlamp, and boot rentals.)
  • *Depending on the weather conditions, the course may involve walking from Harada bus stop (1.2 km).
  • Be careful of pit vipers, bees, etc., when walking in the mountains.
  • The organizing division may determine that it is not possible to enter Okubo Mabu Mine based on poor weather, snow, frost, etc. In this case, the 2000 yen admission fees will be reimbursed, and you will be taken on the Ryugenji Mabu course, or guided to the Nima Sand Museum (containing the largest hourglass in the world).

Guidance

Haneda Airport ⇔ Izumo Airport
If you wish to arrange air tickets, we will arrange the air tickets separately.
*If you wish to arrange this, we will accept it as an arranged travel contract.

  • The number of applicants is 8 people each time.
  • The tour may be canceled if the minimum number of participants is less than 4 (if canceled, the trip fee will be refunded in full).
  • During the tour, you will enter the Okubo Mabu Mine. Children under 7 years’ old may not enter the mine, so will not be able to join the tour.
  • Your participation will be official after payment is confirmed.
  • The participation fee includes all items listed on the itinerary, such as transportation fees, accommodation fees, meal fees, admission fees, etc.
  • We will provide a form that explains the conditions for participating in the trip in detail, so please confirm before applying.
  • There may be changes to the meal contents.
  • Image is for illustration purposes.
  • Matters related to the cancelation/change/responsibilities/exceptions of the tour agreement, as well as matters relating to compensation during the tour, are stipulated by this travel company.
  • This tour will be read by a tour guide and an interpreter (ENG).
  • It is best to bring health insurance in case of an emergency.

Application deadline: 14 days before trip date.
Reserved bus company name: Iwami Tour Inc.
Taxi company name: Fuji Daiichi Kotsu Inc.
Meet-up location: Izumo Airport Arrivals Lobby
Disbanding location: Izumo Airport Lobby
Hotel: Takyo Abeke

Handling of personal information

Our company will use the personal information written on the travel application form you applied for to contact you.

In addition,personal information will be used the extent necessary for arranging services such as transportation and accommodation facilities for the trip that the customer has applied for,and for procedures for receiving such services.
(Major transportation and accommodation facilities are listend in each schedule.)

Application-style planned trips (domestic) Terms and conditions (summary)

  1. Applying for a trip and signing a contract
    Please fill in the specified information on the specific application form and apply together with paying the application fee.
    The travel contract with the customer will be concluded once the application fee is received by the company.
  2. When customers cancel a travel contract
    Customers are able to pay the below cancelation fees and cancel the travel contract at any time.
    However, when there is a major change to the contents of the travel contract, customers will not be charged the cancelation fees.
    Cancelation fees form
      Cancel on and before 21 days – no charge
      Cancel 8-20 days before = 20%
      Cancel 2-7 days before = 30%
      Cancel 1 days before = 40%
      Cancel on day before start = 50%
      Cancel after start or without notification (so called no show) 100%
  3. Responsibilities and exemptions to the company
    Customers will be compensated for any damage caused to you by the company or the arranging agent.
    (The maximum amount of compensation for luggage is 150,000 yen per person.) However, the company will not be responsible in the following cases:
    Natural disasters, wars, transportation/accommodation facility accidents or fires, transportation facility delays/closures, or changes in travel dates or travel cancelations caused by these, government orders, quarantines due to infectious diseases, accidents during free time, etc., food poisoning, theft, etc.
  4. Special compensation
    Regardless of whether or not it is at fault, the company will pay a deposit or solatium for certain damages to life, body, or baggage sustained by a customer due to a sudden and unfortuitous external accident while participating in this trip, based on the special provisions for compensation. However, for days on which it is clearly stated in the itinerary that no travel services will be arranged by the company, customers will be considered as “participating in the trip” only if it is clearly stated that no compensation will be paid for damages sustained by the customer on that day.
  5. Customers’ responsibility
    The company will accept compensation from the customer when the company suffers damage due to the customer’s intentional or negligent actions, or acts contrary to laws and regulations, or public order and morals.
  6. Minimum capacity
    When the minimum number of participants is not achieved, the trip will not take place. In such cases, customers will be notified prior to the 13th day before the day before the start of the trip.
  7. Base date for travel conditions
    Travel conditions/trip fees are set as of April 1, 2023, so there may be changes based on the published fare revisions of transportation companies.
  8. Matters not stipulated in this conditions document are stipulated by this travel company (department related to application-type planned trip contracts).

Trip Plan implementation

Iwami kanko Co., Ltd <https://iwamitravel.com/>
I 701-3 Oda, Odamachi, Oda City, Shimane Prefecture
TEL 0854-82-0663 FAX 0854-82-2221
Shimane Prefecture Governor Registered Travel Agency No. 2-2 (one company) Full member of the National Association of Travel Agents
General travel business handling manager Mitsuo Wada

Implementing entity

Oda City

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