The Story ofMichinoku Gold

Site of Koganeyama Gold Mine



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The ruins of a Buddhist temple in the Koganeyama District. The a Buddhist temple here had been erected at the gold collection site in response to Emperor Shomu's declaration that the discovery of Japan’s first gold was “blessed by the gods and the Buddha.” It is an important site that confirms that this was the site of Japan’s first gold production.

Cultural assets status / Classification

National Historic Site

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