Colossal Tsuchikura Mine ‘Awe Inspiring Ruins’ Resembling “Castle in the Sky” Seduces Cosplayers and Tourists 21

Tsuchikura Mine

A weird, run-down, vegetation-covered concrete structure that resembles ancient ruins (Tsuchikura Mine) can be found deep in the highlands of Nagahama, northeast of Lake Biwa in Shiga prefecture. Due to their resemblance to the castle ruins in Hayao Miyazaki’s 1986 Studio Ghibli film Castle in the Sky, the remnants have begun to garner notoriety among Japan’s younger generations on social media.

So, what is going on at Tsuchikura Mine

Tsuchikura Mine
© Shiga Prefecture’s Tsuchikura Mine provided the image.

While the Tsuchikura Mine has been a viral sensation on social media as a fantastic area to photograph your automobile or bike, the concealed place has grown widely attractive among one group of individuals – cosplayers. Cosplayers engage in “costume play,” which entails dressing up as characters from their favorite anime series.

Because it provides a fantasy-like setting, the Nagahama remains have become a popular site for cosplayers to hold photo sessions in costume. Locals say it’s usual for approximately 20-30 people to show up for photoshoots on weekends, and they’re happy to see young people discovering the area and having fun shooting pictures. Twitter has shown that many more people are showing up and the site is getting an increase daily.

Here are some posts about it on twitter:

The mine generated 18,000 tons of copper per year at its pinnacle and employed roughly 1,500 people, with schools, grocers, hospitals, and movie theaters on site. The mining town had a higher population density than the settlements near the mountain’s base.

The mine stopped in 1965, and the village was gradually abandoned, and the area remains unoccupied to this day. The place has been used for events such as concerts and now cosplay photoshoots, as per residents and the city of Nagahama.

Tsuchikura Mine
© At the Tsuchikura Mine, Haruka is cosplaying. Haruka’s Ameblo is the source of this image.
Tsuchikura Mine
© Mitsuyoshi on Twitter provided the image.

According to Mr. Yamazaki (Pictured Below), an 85-year-old resident, the most attractive building amongst cosplayers is the former mineral processing facility, where pebbles were pulverized and placed in separating tanks to remove copper. As a child, Mr. Yamazaki recalls seeing mining carts outside the structure.

Tsuchikura Mine
© Sankei News

Mr. Yamazaki never labored in the mine, but a buddy took him inside when he was 30 years old to ride the mine carts. He described the mine as expanding subterranean “like an ants’ nest.” Mr. Yamazaki emphasized that the processing plant’s fantasy-like pillars were only the foundation, and that there was once a timber building on top of them. He also mentioned that a steel ropeway utilized to transport copper 12 kilometers to Kinomoto station.

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