Matsuo Mine started mining Sulfur at the end of the 19th century , but later closed in 1969. Electricity and gas were shut off in the surrounoing town so buildings became nothing but concrete boxes. This mine and apartment complex hidden in Hachimanndaira has always been at the back of my mind since I first learned knew about it as a university student. It was in the winter of 2007 when I first visited Matuo mine.
At that time, there was a terrible snowstorm! It was difficult to stay out in the streets for longer than 10 minutes…That time, I gave up exploring….But this time, the weather was so clear ! This place is very famous. Everybody knows about this mine, so I will save myself writing it’s history down. Today i want to show you some photos of the abandoned apartment during autumn !