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Kitagi Island Quarry and Ishikiri no Tani Observation Deck

You are able to observe a "living quarry", which started in the Meiji era and continue to mine stones from there, from the observation deck with a height of 60 m.

Japan Heritage, Quarry, Observation Deck

Kitaki Island, which coexists with stones and has been recognized as a "Stone Island" by Japan Heritage. Being one of its constituent cultural properties, Tsuruta Choba (quarry) has continued to mine stones on Kitagi Island for about 130 years since 1892 (the 25th year of the Meiji era). Not as an industrial heritage but as a living quarry, you are able to observe it at the Ishikiri no Tani Observation Deck located in Tsuruta Choba.

Currently, the quarrying work is taking place under the surface of the Seto Inland Sea in search of better-quality stones; therefore, it is possible to safely survey the entire site of the quarry from the observation deck in the quarry. It is dug more than 40m deep from the sea surface, and the height difference in the quarry is more than 100m. Feel such excitement that your legs tremble at its real height and depth.

From the observation deck, you are able to experience the real depth of the valley and how the mining site is, such as the ladders used by workmen are connected like a game and continue deeply into the valley, and the heavy machinery and the tire traces look small as if they were toys.

Enjoy the scenery that may only be seen at the quarry, which has been maintained for more than 100 years, such as the cross-section of the stone that tells the quarrying method changing with times and secular changes (weathering of stones) that proves the quality of the stone.

Highlights

  • A quarry on Kitagi Island where you are able to observe a living quarry site.
  • It is a magnificent view from the observation deck overlooking the quarry with the maximum height difference of 100m or more.
  • You are able to know about the state of the quarrying method and the weathering of stones that have changed with the times from the sheer precipice.

Photos

  • You are able to get a superb view from the observation deck.

    You are able to get a superb view from the observation deck.

  • From the cross-section of stones and the state of weathering, you are able to know the quarrying method that varies with the times.

    From the cross-section of stones and the state of weathering, you are able to know the quarrying method that varies with the times.

  • The observation deck at the quarry which is still in operation.

    The observation deck at the quarry which is still in operation.

  • The height difference of 60m or more will make your legs tremble.

    The height difference of 60m or more will make your legs tremble.

  • The work site where the workmen work is also an outstanding realistic sensation.

    The work site where the workmen work is also an outstanding realistic sensation.

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Details

Name in Japanese
北木島採石場・石切りの渓谷展望台
Postal Code
714-0301
Address
8703 Kitagishima-cho, Kasaoka city, Okayama prefecture
Tel
0120-68-2120
Closed
Saturdays, Sundays, National holidays, and Year-end and New Year holidays
Hours
Weekdays: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Weekends and holidays: 11:00am-1:00pm
Admission
Observation deck tour, 1,000 yen for Adults, 500 yen for Children (Elementary school students), Free for Children under Elementary school age.
Directions
5 minute walk from Kitagi Island Kanafuro Port
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)