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Shiseki Sado Kinzan史跡佐渡金山

Other Factory Tour / Demonstration

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.


Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shimoaikawa 1305

phone 0259742389

[Apr.-Oct.] 8:00-17:30
[Nov.-Mar.] 8:30-17:00
Admission is 30 minutes closing

Review of Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine

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Reviewed:2018/11/07 Very interesting gold mine dating back to 1500
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...
Reviewed:2018/11/01 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 period, with as much as 400kg of gold extracted per year. Today it served as a museum, with two sets of...
Reviewed:2018/09/04 Edo period gold mine
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...

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Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shimoaikawa 1305 [map]



[Apr.-Oct.] 8:00-17:30
[Nov.-Mar.] 8:30-17:00
Admission is 30 minutes closing
open everyday
[Sotao pit entrance] 900 yen
[road entrance entrance] 900 yen
[common ticket] 1400 yen
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          Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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