Yunotsu Townscape - Statue of a horned poet and Buddhist philosopher Asahara Saiichi who was a local poet in Yunotsu, Shimane who wrote a book of poetry. He has horns because he was quoted as saying that he went to the temple in order to watch others, who are demons, coming to the temple. - Yunotsu is a classic Edo period hot spring town, west of the Iwami Ginzan site. Besides its role as a pleasure center, during the heyday of Iwami Ginza Silver Mine it held the important role of administrative capital and organized the storage and shipping of the silver from inland Iwami. Outdoorsy types will note that the old silver path, used for transporting silver from the mines to the port, is now a 12 km hiking trail with direct link Yunotsu-Iwami.