Industrial Tourism in Japan
The Izumo Grand Shrine appears in the Kojiki, the oldest historical text in Japan, and is a prestigious shrine which is said to be where all the gods around Japan gather in October. Shimane is a location with a lot of history. For example, the Tamatsukuri hot springs are said to be the oldest hot springs in Japan. It is a large producer and exporter of peonies that ship across the globe and it is also invested in organic farming. An industrial silver mine, called Iwami Ginzan, is registered as a world heritage site due to the environmental conservation efforts it has made since olden times, such as planting trees. Shimane is also where tatara iron making takes place, which is an old and unusual man-powered method of making iron. It continues to thrive in iron and steel-related businesses and has grown into a district of casting and special steel-related businesses.
Okayama is an active producer of fruits and is known for its peaches, grapes, and Atago pears, which are a giant species of Japanese pear. It has dense forests and is a prominent producer of Hinoki cypress wood. It is also known for Bizen ware – which is unglazed clay pottery that bears an exquisite texture – and Japanese swords, and it remains home to artisans to this day. Okayama’s industries revolve around the Mizushima Coastal Industrial Zone, flourishing in the production of petroleum, chemicals, iron, and steel. Okayama is also where Japan-sourced jeans originated and its textile sector accounts for one of the largest domestic market shares in school uniforms and nylon fishing nets. The Kurashiki area is a popular sightseeing spot known for its townscape of white buildings.
Hiroshima is home to two world heritage sites: the Atomic Dome, the remains of which bear the suffering experienced by the atomic bomb that was dropped at the end of WWII, and the Itsukushima Shrine built over the sea. Its capital, Hiroshima City, is also the central city of west Japan. Oysters are collected from its calm sea and account for 60% of oyster production, ranking at the top nationally in 2016. Hiroshima is known for its local sake and savory Japanese pancakes called okonomiyaki with the unique addition of Chinese noodles. It has a shipbuilding industry in Kure, which is next to the Seto Inland Sea, and active automobile, iron, and steel industries. The world-renowned luxury Kumano brushes are also from Hiroshima. They first began as a side job for farmers during the offseason. Fukuyama Koto accounts for 70% of the production of koto, a Japanese string instrument. This is due to the encouragement that it received from the feudal lords during the early modern period.
Tottori Prefecture is known for its vast sand dunes, designated as a national natural monument. It is an active producer of Chinese onions, Japanese pears, and watermelons, which are suited to sandy soil farming. The Sakai Port allows large ships to dock and is located near the highway. This has set up the grounds for large amounts of Pacific bluefin tuna fishing and has established the Sakai Port as the base of tuna production in the western Sea of Japan. Tottori also produces cedar wood and other timber, with forests accounting for 74% of its total area. The Mitokusan Sanbutsu-ji Temple is an extremely unusual temple built into the mouth of a cave on a precipice, which is a designated national cultural property. Its traditional crafts include Inshu Washi, which is paper that has been selected as a gift to the ancient Imperial Court in the past, as well as resist-dyed textiles called Yumihama-gasuri, which bear an exquisite contrast between blue and white. Tottori is also an active producer of electronic components.
Gōshō Aoyama Manga Factory
Located in Hokuei-cho, Tottori Prefecture, where Gōshō Aoyama, the original author of "Detective Conan/Case Closed" was raised. This is the only fac...
Location : Tohaku-gun, Tottori
Yamaguchi is on the westernmost end of mainland Japan, surrounded by the sea on three sides. The seas are rich in marine resources, invigorating the fishing industry and giving access to various types of fishing. Yamaguchi was where the government first lifted the pufferfish ban in the early modern period. Therefore, its specialty became pufferfish, especially the high-end tiger pufferfish. It also produced many important figures in the modernization of Japan and is characterized by the many historical sites from that time. Yamaguchi has many limestone karsts, and Akiyoshido, one of Japan’s largest limestone caves, is a popular tourist destination. It has a thriving cement industry – which uses limestone excavated from the soil – as well as chemical and transportation equipment manufacturing industries centered on oil refineries. Yamaguchi’s traditional crafts include Hagi ware, which has been around since the 16th century, and Ouchi lacquerware, characterized by its vermillion base coat.