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Sado Gold and Silver Mine: Relics tell you 400 years of history

Sado
2 hours 30 min

Sado has been well known as one of the major gold and silver production sites in Japan. It has the history of 1000 years. There are four major minig sites in Sado: Nishimikawa alluvial gold mine, Tsurushi silver mine, Niibo silver mine and Sado (Aikawa) gold and silver mine. Sado gold and silver mine was the biggest of all with 400 years of history. Mining in Aikawa started in the late 16th century and was halted in 1989. In this tour, we first visit Sado Gold and Silver Mine Museum, where we enter the Sodayu tunnel which is open to the public. The Sodayu tunnel was dug manually by thousands of mine workers during the Edo period. You can see the whole process of gold and silver production at that time. Then we see some old buildings and a relic built from Meiji to Showa era. These buildings were used to crush, store and smelt ores. Next, we visit the graveyard of Mushuku-nin(people without register) brought in from Edo and Osaka to work as drainage workers. Then, we walk down the street called Kyomachi-dori, once bustled with mine workers, government officials and towns people. Kyomachi-dori street linked Sado Magistrate Office to mining sites. Aikawa town was developed and divided into communities with same occupation. Along the way, we see old buildings, workshops, local grocery store and cafes. We walk past old bell tower, Sado Hanga-mura Museum(print museum) originally built as a district court and Sado Magistrate Office. Finally, we visit Kitazawa area, developed from Meiji to Showa era with modern Western mining technologies to produce gold and silver effectively. Ruined factories, thermal power plant and a 50-meter thickener have remained. Sado Gold and Silver Mine has practiced cutting-edge production methods of each era and you can see the authenticity here in Aikawa. FYI, walking distance is about 3 kilometers.

FROM$71/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Fujiko M.
Fujiko M.
4.97 / 5
(30 reviews)
Hina Doll Festival in Aikawa  (seasonal tour in Sado   From Mar.3 to Mar.20)cover image

Hina Doll Festival in Aikawa (seasonal tour in Sado From Mar.3 to Mar.20)

Sado
2 hours

Mar. 3rd is "Girl's day" called Hina Matsuri (dolls festival) in Japan. Households with girls display their Hina Dolls to pray for the happiness and healthy growth of their children. Aikawa town in Sado prospered from the beginning of the 17th century to the late 20th century along with the development of Sado Gold and Silver Mine. People of many kinds of professions moved to Aikawa from many parts of Japan to make a fortune and brought in colorful cultures and traditions which led to create an unique Sado culture and tradition. During this time of year, hotels, sightseeing spots, cafes, shops and even private homes exhibit their Hina Dolls for the public and visitors can enjoy walking in the town admiring dolls from different eras. In this tour, we walk around Aikawa town and visit places where Hina Dolls are displayed. With diverse historical backgrounds, there are many kinds of Hina Dolls in Aikawa, some of them from the Edo period or older, the others are made by modern craftsmen. FYI, No.1 At some hotels and restaurants, you can enjoy special "Hina Doll Festival" lunch. No.2 This is a walking tour in Aikawa, but some of the places are accessible by taxi.

FROM$32/ per person
Japan Tour Guide - Fujiko M.
Fujiko M.
4.97 / 5
(30 reviews)

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Becky A.

5 / 5
Jun 10, 2024

Sado one day tour

Sado
7 hours

Excellent experience with Kei-san

Before we even met, Kei-san worked with me in crafting a great itinerary. Trust his instincts! I was luke warm on some sites but it turned out to be sooo interesting. My husband was very glad, Kei did not take my initial input. He was very attentive & accommodating to my knee problems. Provided helpful translations w/store clerks & gave a wonderful sense of why he loves this island. We booked Kei for a full day & half a day.

Becky A.

Thank you for a favorable review. I had a wonderful time with you. I found something in an envelope. That is too much! but, I appreciate it. I hope your remaining tour will be a good one. Mahalo! Kei

Roger L.

Roger L.

5 / 5
Apr 29, 2024

Sado one day tour

Sado
7 hours

My Sado Island experience

Without Kei-san, my visit to Sado Island wouldn't have been as complete as it was. The island was much larger than I first thought and the only public transportation available on the island was a bus route network. Kei-san's first-hand knowledge and his car allowed me to see most of the island's highlights within half a day and I even saw a few unplanned sights along the way. Senkaku Bay, the Sado Gold Mine, Shukunegi Village, the Toki Forest Park, and other places were unique experiences that I hadn't seen elsewhere in Japan. I was able to see them in the limited time that I had thanks to Kei-san. Kei-san was a very helpful, knowledgeable guide for Sado Island and his skill in the English language was impressive. I would like to thank him for his help in making my Sado Island experience one of the most memorable ones for my Japan tour.

Roger L.

Hello Roger Thank you for a favorable review. I am very glad that you enjoyed Sado tour. Take care! Kei

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Roy N.

5 / 5
Nov 10, 2023

Sado half day tour

Sado
4 hours

Sado island with Kei

Kei was a very good guide and I would recommend him to anyone taking this tour.

Roy N.

Aloha Roy ! Thank you for a favorable review. I myself had a wonderful time with you. Take care ! Kei

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