Kamioka Mine

Started in 710, the Kamioka Mine enjoyed an exponential growth and became one of the most productive mine in the world during World War II. It produced zinc, lead, silver and ore. In early 20th century, Kamioka Mine was infamous for a disease called “Itai-Itai” (it hurts it hurts). Caused by large quantity of cadmium released in the rivers, it reached the population, inflicting huge pain, kidney disease, and soft bones. It is one of the 4 greatest diseases from pollution in Japan.

Abandoned in 2001, the underground tunnels and facilities are now reused by the Super-Kamiokande, a neutrino observatory. Its aim is to check whether there is any proton decay, and no observational evidence has been found so far.

Special thanks to “TEAM廃墟“.


– Interesting rusty machines
– Walking through a huge wreck


  • 710 – 2001

  • Marjolaine Vaucher

    Oh ! 2 haikyo in 2 days ? GREAT. And… I really enjoy both. (and the red mine too) Thanks for making us dreaming, and giving us the motivation for taking pictures too.

  • FinallyJapan

    Is this location easy to access? Or is it difficult and you get in trouble? I live fairly close to it, but am afraid of getting in trouble!

    • What do you do in that area? I think I will go there again soon (the area, the mine I don’t think so). Easy to find, yes, easy to access, kind of: there are guards and workers around. We actually were a big team all dressing like workers. I found it weird 😉 I don’t know about the exact dangers but past the entrance and the few first “still in operation” buildings, everything is abandoned and there is no one.


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