Tsuchikura Forest & Mine Ruins



Legacy Trails: Tsuchikura’s Giant Tree Forest & Industrial Ruins

In the vicinity, there exists a forest hosting more than 250 colossal trees, notably the Japanese horse chestnuts (Tochinoki). Trails wind through picturesque beech forests and areas abundant with these splendid horse chestnuts. These paths are embellished with blossoming flora and the melodies of wild birds, ensuring enjoyment in all seasons. Furthermore, exploring the remnants of the Tsuchikura Mine offers visitors a chance to admire both nature’s beauty and the remnants of industrial history simultaneously.

Situated in the northeasternmost region of Nagahama, Tsuchikura was once a settlement nestled within the Kanehara area, deeply nestled in the mountains. Originating from the Edo period, it functioned as a copper mine established by inhabitants from other parts of the region, commissioned by the feudal lord to produce charcoal. At its pinnacle in 1940, the third mine operated, supporting roughly 400 households and 1,500 individuals. However, with the liberalization of copper imports and declining mineral quality, it lost its competitive edge, leading to closure in 1965. Today, it stands as a recognized industrial heritage site in the city, with remnants of significant concrete structures still visible in the mountains.

While entry to the mining area is restricted, guided tours exploring the industrial legacy and its ruins are available, alongside forest trails leading to the clusters of immense trees. For more information or guided tours, please inquire at Mori-no-mori website.


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To request a guided tour, please use the contact form on this website.


(Mori-no-mori / Japanese only)