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Oya Stone Museum, Utsunomiya
(4.6/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Anyone with an interest in geology or engineering will be enthralled by the carved, angular faces of the mines at Oya Stone 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Oya Stone Museum by using our Utsunomiya vacation generator.
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  • This is an interesting place and the staff will provide an English printout to assist when viewing the cavern. Take the #45 bus at bus stop number 6 and the trip takes about 35 minutes outbound. Visit...  more »
  • Traveling out here is probably daunting to tourists as you do have to take a 30min ride in the suburbs on an infrequent bus (missing one means waiting 30~50min for the next). But I have to say it was ...  more »
  • This change of temples and castles. It shows another facet of the history of the Japan. Surroundings reflect the activity of extraction of the rock. In-ground cavities are really impressive. There are also tools used by miners. Access is possible by bus. The advantage: he is cool all year round.
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