Hachinohe Mining’s Coal Mine（Hachinohe Canyon）
Hachinohe Canyon gets its official name, the Hachinohe Limestone Mine, from the fact that it is an open-pit limestone mine. The quarry is 1,000 meters from east to west and 1800 meters from north to south. The mine’s lowest point is currently 170 meters below sea level. It is said to be the lowest place ("the furthest place from the sky") in Japan. Entering the mine is not permitted, but you can get a sense of its overwhelming scale from an observatory.
The limestone is transported from the mine to a dedicated pier at Hachinohe Port via an underground conveyor belt that is approximately 10km in total length.
|Address||32 Aza Terachitai, Oaza Matsudate, Hachinohe City|
|Hours||[Tour Hours] 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (No admission from 11:45 AM-12:30 PM due to blasting work in the mine)|
|Access||By car: 20 minutes from Hachinohe IC, 30 minutes from JR Hachinohe Station, 20 minutes from downtown Hachinohe|