Shimane prefecture 島根県
Shimane prefecture [島根県/しまねけん] is located in Chugoku region.
It’s a very historic Shrine that’s even written in [Kojiki], Japan’s oldest history book. It’s believed that every god in Japan comes to this shrine in October.
So in this region, October is called [Kami-ari-tsuki] in the ancient calendar. In other regions, it’s called [Kami-nashi-tsuki]. (Kami means god, tuki means month. Ari means there is, and nashi means there’s not).
This is a silver mine in the old times. When it was in operation, the silver was exported throughout the world. Now it’s in closure and now, you can see the production and distribution machine which remains in those days. From this reason, it’s listed in the world heritage.