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Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine

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Great place to understand the history of gold mining in Japan

This place was used to be most productive gold mine in Japan, in operations throughout the Edo... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2018
Peter C
Hong Kong, China
Excellent Educational Opportunity

Good technical presentation - was once one of the biggest mines in the world, similar to Potosi in... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2018
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1305 Shimoaikawa, Sado 952-1501, Niigata Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent almost 2 hours touring the 2 tunnels and the museum. Must compliment the effort in the display of exhibits and the English narration which is not common. A must visit for museum enthusiast.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank eureka33
Reviewed 7 November 2018

This was well worth the stop. Lifesize animated characters that look like real people inside the gold mine working the tunnels. Don't skip the museum as you exit the mine as it's also very interesting. Try getting the gold brick out of the case too...thousands...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 November 2018

This place was used to be most productive gold mine in Japan, in operations throughout the Edo period, with as much as 400kg of gold extracted per year. Today it served as a museum, with two sets of tunnels opened to public, one showing the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peter C
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

This is interesting for those of you who like historical things. This place has two gold mines we only did the Edo period mine for 900¥. There are explanations in English on the sign boards through out the exhibition. It was interesting. Recommend trying to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sakuramelodymusic
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Good technical presentation - was once one of the biggest mines in the world, similar to Potosi in Bolivia and Zacatecas in Mexico - and as in the other cases in that era, the mine worked people to death. In Sado case, homeless people from...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Janis857
Reviewed 11 March 2018

A great place to visit and see how Sado flourished a 100 plus years ago. There is also a great shop to pick up souvenirs on the way out.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank usbengoshi
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Gold was mined here from 1601 to 1989. You can descend into the mine and local guides interpret for you. There is also a gold bar in a container that you can try to remove and a very good gift shop, featuring lots of excellent...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Alan S
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Quite impressive visit of the old gold mine. We went through the two tunnels but the first one with the animated persons was very informative about the -hard- working conditions of the laborers a few centuries ago. The second tunnel, more modern was less impressive....More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Sophie C
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This place is a must see place in Sado but sight seeing bus tour gives us less time than necessary so it may be beter to visit in other way.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Keizo
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Go and visit, two separate gold and silver mines! a bit expensive but worh this praise. u need 3-4 hours to see all

Date of experience: March 2017
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