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Oya History Museum, Utsunomiya

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Anyone with an interest in geology or engineering will be enthralled by the carved, angular faces of the mines at Oya History Museum. Fairly modest in size, the museum manages to offer a wealth of information regarding the mining operations done here--from primitive 17th-century toils to the current advanced technological pursuits of the rare Oya stone, found only in this area. From here you'll have the opportunity to venture into the vast mine, colorfully lit and covering an enormous 20,000 sq m (215,278 sq ft). Bring a jacket along with you, as it can get a little chilly inside that gigantic cavern. Put Oya History Museum into our Utsunomiya trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Utsunomiya.
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  • We decided to go here because it was very different from the normal touristy attractions. But let me tell you it didn’t disappoint the way it is set up is amazing. Lights set in such a way to enhance....  more
    We decided to go here because it was very different from the normal touristy attractions. But let me tell you it didn’t disappoint the way it is set up is amazing. Lights set in such a way to enhance....  more »
  • About 30 minutes out of town by Bus 45, we stopped at Shiryokan Iriguchi bus stop and took a short walk to this museum. We walked passed the ticketing counter through a doorway and turned left down.....  more
    About 30 minutes out of town by Bus 45, we stopped at Shiryokan Iriguchi bus stop and took a short walk to this museum. We walked passed the ticketing counter through a doorway and turned left down.....  more »
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  • Pyramid.. this former stone mine is kind of like walking into a pyramid. The size of the carved out space is awe inspiring. The space is dotted with art pieces from artists. The stone cave is lit quite artistically as well. Really, you gotta see this.
  • Interesting museum to check out. The mine has been featured in TV shows and commercials in the past. You won't spend more than an hour or so down here but it was interesting enough for some phone photos and to learn the history of the place. Bring a coat as the temperature inside is the same as a fridge.

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