Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park

Experience Hall / Accommodation Experience (Training) Facility
A hands-on museum built on the site of the former Nishimikawa Gold Mine in Sado City, Niigata Prefecture. Mentioned in the Konjaku monogatarishu, a collection of stories dated to the end of the Heian period, this ancient and historic mine even helped fund the war efforts of Uesugi Kenshin, a historic figure. The museum presents a variety of materials relating to gold and gold mining in its exhibition rooms and theater. There’s also a museum shop. The museum lets visitors try panning for gold and participants can take home the gold dust they find stored in a keychain or pendant.

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Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Nishimikawa 835-1
[Dec.--Feb.] 9:00-16:30
[May--Aug.] 8:30-17:30
[3/Apr., Sep.--Nov.] 8:30-17:00
open everyday
[Usage fee]
[Adults(Junior high school students and older)]1,000yen
[Elementary school students]900yen
[Toddlers]Tour free(500yen for sand Friday experience)
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Not available
Not available (no smoking inside)
*Short business hours and temporary closures may occur due to measures against the new coronavirus.

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Fun
    5.0 Reviewed:2018.08.31
    Must try the gold panning. It was something on our bucket list. The staff were very helpful. We will definitely visit again
  • Panning for gold was more fun that I thought it would be
    4.0 Reviewed:2015.06.25
    We went to the gold park, not really expecting to have this much fun. Working through the first pan of sand was hard and frustrating. I thought I wasnt getting anything at all when one of the...
  • Fun but tiring
    4.0 Reviewed:2015.05.10
    Joined a Japanese bus tour in Sado Island, and this was one of the places on the itinerary. You can try your hand at panning for gold! Its pretty fun, but all of us on the tour agreed that it hurt...

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