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Sado Half Day Tour - Mining for Gold

Luke K.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Luke K.

Last updated : Apr 28, 20222 min read

Itinerary Ideas

We introduce the most popular itineraries amongst our customers who choose tours on GoWithGuide. We hope it helps you to plan your perfect itinerary during your trip to Japan. In our seventh post of the series, we focus on the best half day tour of Sado Island, in Niigata Prefecture.


In this itinerary that takes under three hours, you can learn all about the inner workings of the ancient Sado Gold Mine. From gold-panning, to an exploration of tunnels carved into rock during the Edo period, to finishing up at a semi-abandoned Industrial Heritage Site.


1. Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park

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This incredible historic gold mine in Sado is not only about learning, but you can actively try one of the oldest methods in Japan, and find your own gold. At Sado’s Nishimikawa Gold Mine you can take part in a hands-on gold panning experience; and if you're lucky enough to strike gold, then you can even turn it into a perfect souvenir to take home with you.

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2. Sodayu Tunnel

Take a sightseeing tour of the inner workings of an Edo period gold mine where you can learn about traditional mining methods. Life size mechanical labourers can be seen at work here, and the entire tour takes just under an hour. The absolute highlight is the chance to grab a gold bar valued at 60 million yen. 

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3. Kitazawa Flotation Plant

At one of the largest ore flotation plants in Asia, and an Industrial Heritage Site, you can learn about the final processes of gold mining. However, the site itself has a certain calmness and beauty since it was closed twenty years ago, and despite some functions still in operation, weeds have taken over and the Kitazawa Flotation Plant today has an appearance of an abandoned ancient city.

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Sado Tour Guide - Keiichi S.

Keiichi S.

5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)

Hello! I'm Keiichi . Call me Kei. I am an apple and pear farmer .I have approximately 900 apple trees.I grow 10 kinds of apples and 4 kinds of pears with my wife. Besides my business,I like learning English and Taichi practice. last year,I got a tour guide licence which is valid in Sado. Sado is a fascinating and picturesque island with scenic spots ,historical places and relics,traditional performing arts,delicious dishes and so on. I'm sure you will be satisfied with hospitality of Sado islanders. I strongly recommend you to visit Sado.I'm ready to help you enjoy youself. if you have any questions about Sado,contact me. one more fantastic information, during fruits season(from September to early November),you can taste my apples and pears .                                                                                                                                  

Niigata Tour Guide - Mutsuko W.

Mutsuko W.

5.00 / 5
(3 reviews)

Yokoso! Welcome! Hi, I'm Mutsuko, a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. A true Niigatite, I was born and raised in Niigata City with roots dating back generations. I would be pleased to show you another side of Japan in my beautiful and unique prefecture. The Warm Hospitality: Niigata Prefecture is located on the west coast of the Japanese Archipelago, facing the Sea of Japan and provides a true insider look into the Japanese spirit. Only two hours away from Tokyo by Shinkansen, it has been perfecting the art of casual hospitality through centuries as a culinary hotspot and nature getaway for the those escaping the rat-race. History at your own Pace: Appreciate history and culture at your own pace in Niigata. Yahiko, National Shrine has been soothing souls, and inspiring locals, poets, and travellers for over 2500 years. Historically significant buildings greet seafarers at Niigata Port and the old town area, Furumachi. Cross the symbolic Bandai Bridge to the other side of the Shinano River where we can move from the ancient to the modern in the Bandai area to shop and gather with young and old for entertainment such as movies, music, manga, and anime. Over the Sea, Over the Mountain, Over the Fields: Nature is good to Niigata Prefecture, giving us four clear-cut seasons. People from all over the country, and travellers wanting to experience Japan with the Japanese join us to soak in the sun on our beaches, relax at spa resorts, challenge themselves on world class ski hills, and dance together at festivals that draw world class performers. Travel with Me: With direct trains to and from Tokyo and an international airport, Niigata is just a stone's throw away to have a unique taste of Japan. Whether you're planning a day trip or a longer stay, I invite you to visit Niigata City and other parts of the prefecture, and while here, it would be my pleasure to help you create unique memories during your stay.                                                                                                                                  

Niigata Tour Guide - Fujiko M.

Fujiko M.

4.97 / 5
(30 reviews)

Hello! My name is Fujiko Maeda. I'm a national-licensed tour guide. I was born in Sado Island, off the coast of Niigata Prefecture. I once worked in tourism industry for about 10 years when I lived in Tokyo. Now I'm a persimmon farmer but when time permits I'm happy to guide you here in Sado mainly but also other places, too. We have a lot to offer like beautiful nature, historical sites, local specialties, traditional performing arts, festivals, islanders smiles and so on. If you'd like to know real Japanese lifestyle, please visit Sado. I'm sure you'll be satisfied. Let's explore Sado or other wonderful and beautiful places with me! Also, if you have any questions about Sado or Japan as a whole, please don't hesitate to email me.                                                                                                                                  

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