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

Fujiko M.

4.96(27) reviews
Sado
English
2.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

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 ...

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

In front of Sado Gold and Silver Mine Museum

Sado Gold and Silver Mine Museum

Kyomachi- dori street

Kitazawa area

Ending Point

In front of Aikawa Folk Museum in Kitazawa

What to Expect

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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

Sado Gold and Silver Mine Museum entrance fee 900yen per person

Important Information

Booking should be made 3days in advance.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Nancy P.

Aug 4, 2020

Amazing day full of a variety of sights

My tour with Fujiko-san was fantastic! She is a great guide - friendly, knowledgeable and always making sure her customers are enjoying their tour. She was very flexible when setting the itinerary, taking into account all of the places I wanted to see and my interests, resulting in a large variety of sights throughout the island. She knows a lot about Sado Island and it was so interesting to hear all about the different places we went to! I had a great time with her and definitely want to visit again to see many more sights on the island! I would recommend having Fujiko-san as your guide if you are thinking of visiting the island. Thank you again Fujiko-san!

Fujiko M.

Hello, Nancy san Thank you very much for writing such an encouraging review of the tour! It was a bit busy tour since we only had 6 hours but I'm happy that you've enjoyed almost to the fullest. But we have much more to offer in Sado and I'm looking forward to guiding you in the near future. Fujiko

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Beth B.

Mar 25, 2020

Thoughtful and pleasant tour experience

We spent one day on Sado Island with Fujiko. She was engaging and informative as we drove through different regions of the island, toured a sake brewery, took a tub boat ride, met a nationally famous sword craftsman, and enjoyed a nice local lunch. My only regret was that the island needs more than one day and we weren’t able to spend more time. I highly recommended her as an excellent guide, with superior English skills.

Fujiko M.

Hi, Beth san Thank you very much for writing such a wonderful review of the tour. Yes, many tourists think Sado is small but it is not true. I recommend to stay at least one night on the island to visit places of your interests! I didn't want to rush you but we skipped one more place so I hope you to come back and we can do more activities including meeting local people or just walking in local community. Please stay healthy and happy and see you again! Fujiko

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Donna T.

Mar 20, 2020

Fujiko an amazing & awesome tour guide

My friends & I loved our Sado Island trip! Fujiko made it more fun & we look forward to going back again. She treated us like family. She is a very knowledgeable tour guide, enjoyable, friendly & caring. The day of our tour the weather was very windy & rainy. Fujiko was able to shuffle our itinerary & we were able to continue on with our tour. We did taiko(drumming), rode the tarai-bune(tub boat ride), visited famous sake brewery, & toured fishing village. We also had time, so she took us to a favorite crab market & got to eat the most succulent, sweetest, & packed with meat Sado Island crab, thanks to Fujiko!!! It's a must to eat while visiting on Sado Island. I also wanted to see the ume blossoms & Fujiko gave us directions to get to a park to view the ume blossoms & so beautiful! We Highly recommend Fujiko-san for your Sado Island vacation!

Fujiko M.

Hi, Donna san Thank you very much for writing such an encouraging review of the tour! Before the tour, I was a bit worried about the virus. But luckily we could visit most of the places according to your requests. Please come back again during harvest season and I will take you to the crab shop again, fruits farm and more! Sado Island has a lot more to offer. Please say Aloha to your wonderful friends. Looking forward to guiding you again! Fujiko

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Adrienne H.

Dec 8, 2019

The perfect Sado Tour

Fujiko was a wonderful guide. She loves S Sado Island and knows the best places to show you to get to know the island. It is lovely to talk to her. We had so much fun exploring the island with her!

Fujiko M.

Hi, Adrienne san Thank you very much for writing an encouraging review of the tour. I also had a wonderful time with you! It was a beautiful autumn day and I still remember that beautiful tree near the gold mine. You must be busy but I hope you will visit many other unknown places in Japan whenever possible. Take care and have fun! Fujiko

$98/ per group