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Besshi copper mine
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After copper deposits were discovered in 1690, this mine produced a mass amount of copper until 1973. The mine prospered for many years, with its copper used to build homes for miners, schools for the miners' children, and theaters until the mining ended. The scene today, located deep in the mountains, is also referred to as the ”Oriental Machu Picchu.”
Tonaru Rekishi Shiryo Kan Operating Hours:10:00-17:00
Every Monday (next weekday if Monday falls on a holiday) and from the 1st of December to the end of February.
The ruins, after the closure of the copper mine, were not made off-limits and is relatively safe for tours and visits. There is also a theme park called the "Mine Topia Besshi" that takes advantage of this national heritage.
About 40 minutes by car ｆrom JR "Niihama Station".
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