Shiseki Sado Kinzan

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As Japan’s largest gold mine this was under the Tokugawa shogunate’s direct control and was engaged in the production of koban (small former Japanese oval gold coins). Operations ceased in 1989 due to an exhaustion of its resources, which brought to a close 400 years of history. The mining and refining facilities on the grounds have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties. Currently visitors can see exhibits of model exhibits of the Sado Kinzan during the Edo period based on drawings from Sado Kinzan Emaki (picture scrolls) as well as the remains of actual tunnels that were used.

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Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shimoaikawa 1305
[Apr.- Oct.]8:00-17:30
[Nov.- Mar.]8:30-17:00
open everyday
Parking Lot
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Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER)
Temporary closure:Currently closed (information as of May 15, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Available (Doyuko course only)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (possible if you hold it or enter the cage)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Fantastic historical, technical, cultural experience of the Gold Mine that Fueled the Edo Era in Japan
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.01.30
    I was told by multiple trusted sources that the Sado Gold Mine was really worth visiting, and I am so glad I did. Inside the mines you can really imagine previous eras, the historical, technical...
  • Edo period gold mine
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.11.29
    I am not much one for gimmicks, but the recreations of the mining conditions (using animatronic robots!) in the Edo gold mine was really neat. You can also get soft cream with gold flakes at the shop...
  • A Historic Location to Support Tokugawa Bakufu During Edo Period
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.10.09
    The gold extracted from this mine provided a resource to Tokugawa Shogun during the Edo period. You can learn so much about how they discovered this location, how they dug these tunnels by hand, the...

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