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Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine

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Address: 1305 Shimoaikawa, Sado 952-1501, Niigata Prefecture
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+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).

Reviewed November 22, 2012
Hokkaido, Japan
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Hokkaido, Japan
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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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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 

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Tokyo, Japan
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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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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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