Walking Itinerary

[Point 1 on the map] Aniai Station
Aniai Station of Akita Inland Railway is the starting point for your visit to Ani. At the station, you can find Butter Rice Cake and other specialties of Kita-Akita, as well as souvenir items of Akita Inland Railway. Satoyama Restaurant and Café Koguma-Tei offer tasteful dishes with local foods.
Satoyama Restaurant and Café Koguma-Tei are open from 11:00 to 15:00 (with the last order at 14:45), but closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
[8 minutes’ walk to the next point of interest]
[Point 2 on the map] History Museum and Foreigners’ House
The History Museum exhibits the history of Ani, with a miniature display (diorama) of the Ani Mine in old times, scrolls, copper ores, and other items of interest. The Foreigners’ House was built in 1882 as the official residence for foreign engineers and is now a state-designated important cultural property. They are open from 9:00 to 17:00 (closed Mondays) for an entrance fee of 400 yen.
[2 minutes’ walk to the next point of interest]
[Point 3 on the map] Zendo Temple
Zendo Temple, built in 1616, is a temple of Jodo Buddhism, affiliated with Chion-in Temple in Kyoto. A Guan Yin bodhisattva in this temple is believed to have the power to prevent senile dementia. The main Buddha statue in gold (a city-designated cultural property) was made in Kyoto-Sanjo and was offered to the temple in 1729 by the Aoyama Family, a wealthy and powerful family at the Ani Mine. Free of charge.
[3 minutes’ walk to the next point of interest]
[Point 4 on the map] Sennen Temple
Sennen Temple, another temple of Jodo Buddhism, was moved to the present location in 1616 and became affiliated with Chion-in Temple in Kyoto in 1753. The main gate of Sennen Temple (a city-designated cultural property) was built in the image of the main gate of Chion-in Temple in Kyoto (a national treasure). For your visit of the temple, please call the personnel in the main building, to the right of the temple hall. Free of charge.
[5 minutes’ walk to the next point of interest]
[Point 5 on the map] Zensho Temple
Zensho Temple, a temple of the Otani School of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, was established in 1623 with the licence from Higashi-Hongan Temple of Kyoto. It was the most prosperous of the five major temples in Ani. The gravestone of Takaoka Hachiemon is a city-designated cultural property. Takaoka Hachiemon discovered Ozawa Mine, which made Ani Mine known nationwide. Free of charge.
[2 minutes’ walk to the next point of interest]
[Point 6 on the map] Hokke Temple
Hokke Temple, a temple of Nichiren Buddhism, is called the Temple of Shichimen Deity. This temple’s religious name is Kin-Gin-San (Temple of Gold and Silver) for the mine production at Ani Mine. The main hall houses Shichimen Daimyojin God, Kishimojin (Hariti in Sanskrit), Ten Raksasis (ten tutelary demons), and other deities. Visit is possible after calling on the personnel for free of charge.
[1 minute’s walk to the next point of interest]
[Point 7 on the map] Silver Mine Shinmei Shrine
This shrine was built when Mukaiyama Silver Mine (part of Ani Mine) was developed. The Silver Mine Shinmei Shrine’s Stone Lantern (a city-designated cultural property) was sculpted in Osaka, with Mikage stone (a kind of granite) of the Setonaikai area. Free of charge.
[3 minutes’ walk to the next point of interest]
[Point 8 on the map] Chofuku-in Temple
Chofuku-in Temple is a temple of the Chisan School of Shingon Buddhism. Ani Mine was an important source of revenue for the local government and Satake Yoshitaka, the 2nd in the line of successive rulers of Satake Domain, designated this temple as the place for official prayer. Chofuku-in Temple’s Stone Lantern (a city-designated cultural property) is often called the Stone Lantern of Yamadera. It is made of Mikage stone (a kind of granite) of the Setonaikai area, sculpted in Osaka. Free of charge.
[3 minutes’ walk to the next point of interest]
[Point 9 on the map] Muen-to (Stupa of Repudiation)
Criminals were expelled from the mining area and, when they left, they made a farewell to their families and friends at this point. This point was also the limit of the jurisdiction of the local laws of Ani Mine.
[5 minutes’ walk to the next point of interest]
[Point 10 on the map] Fukugon Temple
Fukugon Temple is the oldest temple of Soto Buddhism in the Ani area. A statue of Shaka-Nyorai Buddha, dating back to the 15th century, is still kept as the main deity. With a reservation (tel: 0186-82-3357), visitors can have a lesson of Zen meditation for 15-20 minutes. A valuable preach will be provided. The priest may not be available for Buddhist services or other reasons.
[7 minutes’ walk to the next point of interest]
[Point 11 on the map] River Bank Park (Forty-Degree-North-of-Latitude Country Park)
The river bank here was once busy as a landing area for the transport of ores. The area is now reclaimed and has become a beautiful park. One of its features is Karami Mountain. Karami is a word for abandoned mine slags, which were piled up as if to make a mountain. It is a reminder of the prosperity of Ani Mine in the old days.
[8 minutes’ walk back to Aniai Station.]

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