The Story ofMichinoku Gold

Koganeyama Shrine



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A shrine erected on Mount Nonodake, on the ruins of a Buddhist temple built to commemorate the production of gold. It is said that the shrine's history dates back to the time of Japan’s first gold production, and that the mountain itself, from which gold was easily extracted until the early modern era, was the object of worship. It is a historic shrine that continues to convey that this was the first site of gold production in Japan, even after the Buddhist temple which was built to commemorate the same fell into ruin.

Cultural assets status / Classification

Hall of worship: Town Tangible Asset (Buildings)
Inner shrine: undesignated (Buildings)

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