The Best Way to Stay Out of the Summer Heat and the Burning Sun

Consecutive tropical days versus saving energy and electricity.
How to stay out of the summer heat and sunlight?
The answer is:

Let’s go to a cave or mine!
Inside it’s nice and cool and no UV worries about rays.

Besides a famous Ryusendo cave in Iwaizumicho, Iwate Prefecture is rich in limestone caves such as Yugendo in Ichinoseki and Rokando in Sumitacho.
Also Abukumado cave in Tamura City in Fukushima Prefecture is well worth visiting.

Speaking of mines,
Tohoku used to be a major mining region supplying iron, copper and gold, and those abandoned mines remain in different sites.
Some of them are still in active of course.

Mines transformed into a theme park are located in different places and ready to welcome visitors.
Together with historic sites and archives, numerous spots to visit are available and online searching must be fun.

Although during the rainy season, last weekend saw a fine weather and it was extremely hot.
I chose Hosokura Mine Park in Kurihara City, Miyagi Prefecture, as a family outing venue.

As the temperature in the mine keeps around 15 degrees C, small children might need a jacket.
What a luxury to feel so cool in mid-summer!

According to the archives, the history of this mine dates way back to the ninth century.
Mysteriously, no information is available since then till the 16th century.

According to the archives, the history of this mine dates way back to the ninth century.
Mysteriously, no information is available since then till the 16th century.

Gold from this mine might have been used to decorate the Golden Hall in Hiraizumi, one of the World Heritage sites.
Thinking about time immemorial, I fully enjoyed the cool air and strolling in the galleries.
In addition to Hosokura mine, Matsuo open-pit coal mine in Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture and Osarizawa mine in Kazuno, Akita Prefecture, are selected as Heritage of Industrial Modernization.

This summer, refresh yourself by experiencing a tour to one of mines that had contributed to Tohoku business historically and culturally.
It’s an effective way to get rid of the summer heat and sun.