Matsuo Mine

abandoned, apartment, haikyo, iwate, japan, japanese, ruin, tohoku, urban exploration, urbex

Matsuo Mine (松尾鉱山) was once the largest sulfur mine in Japan. Standing in the abandoned concrete blocks in the middle of nowhere, it is hard to imagine that 15.000 people used to live here. The after effect, however, has matched well with the scale: it is costing Iwate Government more than half a billion a year to deal with the left-overs of Matsuo Mine. The view was impressive; although we did not see the mysterious mist that suppose to be always haunting the mine, we did see the impressive rainbows, blue sky and the spectacular Matsuo Mountains. Don’t miss the whole story about this trip: The Haunting Silence of Tōhoku Mines!


  • 1914 – 1969
  • Nippon No Haikyo #25
  • Chaz

    Beautiful, thank you.

    • Meow • Japan & Urbex

      And thanks a lot for this comment!

  • ikumi

    Fascinating and beautiful photos ;) I love this place!

  • Brice

    The place is amazing yet a bit creepy I really love the first picture and the one with the book, memory of the past…

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  • Jodee

    I really wish I could go here

    • Ariana Monteiro