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Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine

1305 Shimoaikawa, Sado, Niigata Prefecture 952-1501, Japan
+81 259-74-2389
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Ranked #1 of 31 Attractions in Sado
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Museums
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Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

There are two entry prices, one for the historic shaft and a combination ticket that includes the modern shaft. You could probably be satisfied with just purchasing the single ticket. The whole precinct is attractive, with pleasant walking paths that passed (in April) cherry trees in full bloom. The automatons installed in the shafts show how ming was done 300-400... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Interesting opportunity to learn about what was once the most productive gold mine in the world (17th century).

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Orange, Australia
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177 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Sado Island is famous for its gold mines and this gold mine site is one of the major attractions of the island. There were many lifelike robots used to show how miners used to work in the mine. I was bored with robots moving simply, but if you are interested in the history of the island, you may enjoy the... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

English brochure provided, robot characters enact the mine jobs, geology information, even a gold boullion to try to lift out of a box for fun. Very interesting to know that Archimedes screw was used in Japan to remove water from the mine. Shogunate also imported wood instead of destroying the island's resources to build the mine.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

Dislays and models of what a miner's life must have been like during the various eras. Try to lift a real gold bar out of the case--a few have successed. The underground temperature is approximately 10 degrees centigrade so please dress accordingly.

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