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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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It was very interesting and the "broken" mountain is kinda cool, but overall it's just okay. Do make sure to take a coat or sweatshirt because it is cold down below!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 July 2016
Gregg A
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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Portland, Oregon
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

This gold mine operated from 1601 until 1974 and was the source of revenue for the Tokugawa shogunate. The tour takes you through a section of the mine (a wonderful place to be on a hot, muggy afternoon). The displays are very realistic - Disney quality. Each model provides the visitor with life-size, robotic representation of the working conditions, tools... More 

Thank Patricia B
Atsugi, Japan
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

These types of places interest me - historical sites that talk about the beginning of the industrial revolution and in this case, the site's much more lengthy history of gold mining. I thought the two separate tours (modern tunnel and ancient tunnel) were laid-out quite well and give you a good idea of how mining was done here both recently... More 

Thank Stephen S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

They have the mechanical to show you how they do mining in that era. It's a little bit cold inside the cave you should bring some jacket.

Thank Chalisa W
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

It was very interesting and the "broken" mountain is kinda cool, but overall it's just okay. Do make sure to take a coat or sweatshirt because it is cold down below!

Thank Gregg A
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

You can trace the history of gold mine, how people lived there how the town prospered. It will tell you how the industrialization took place. And surrounding nature was beautiful, you can do short hiking there!!

Thank Kyoko Y
Honolulu, Hawaii
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 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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