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Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine

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Address: 1305 Shimoaikawa, Sado 952-1501, Niigata Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 259-74-2389
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Japan also had a Gold Rush!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2012
Hokkaido, Japan
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

It was an interesting experience seeing how the gold was mined by convicts. The replica display of the workers and the work they did in the gold mine was very well done. The tour through the tunnel is kind of long, so be sure you are wearing walking shoes.

Thank Rainbow50
Livermore, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Best to purchase the two tours and visit both mine shafts. You can visit the museum which has many artifacts from the 1600s until the mine closure. The figures depicted in the original mine you have showing how they worked give a clear idea of what working in the mine was like. It was definitely eye-opening to me. If you... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 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 

Thank TheRoadLeast
Hokkaido, Japan
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 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).

Thank StellersEagle
Orange, Australia
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262 reviews
195 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 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 

1 Thank misocutlet
Tokyo, Japan
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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.

Thank burmababe
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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.

Thank HonoluluMoon

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