The Hachinohe Canyon (officially the Hachinohe Limestone Mine) is an open-pit limestone mine. The quarry is 1,000 meters from east to west and 1800 meters from north to south. The mine’s lowest point is currently 170 meters below sea level. It is said to be the lowest place (“the furthest place from the sky”) in all of Japan. Entering the mine is not permitted, but you can get a sense of its overwhelming scale and strange beauty from an observation deck that overlooks it.
The limestone dug up by the mine is transported to a dedicated pier at the Port of Hachinohe via an underground conveyor belt that is approximately 10km in total length.
- 32 Aza Terachitai, Oaza Matsudate, Hachinohe City
- [Tour Hours]
8:30 AM-4:30 PM (No admission from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM due to blasting work in the mine)
- By car: 20 minutes from Hachinohe IC
30 minutes from JR Hachinohe Station
20 minutes from downtown Hachinohe