Sado Kinzan is located off the shore of Niigata Prefecture on Sado Island. Once hailed as a major contributor to Tokugawa’s flourishing finances, today the mine is not operational but preserved for its industrial and historical worth.
The mines of Sado once provided up to 400 grams of gold a year, along with silver. It was worked from 1601 to 1974 and officially closed in 1989.
Visitors to the Sado mine can now enjoy a museum detailing the history and some of the artifacts made from Sado gold and silver. Along with the museum, there are also several courses available to walk.
As you walk along the courses inside the mine tunnels, you’ll be treated to bilingual signs that illustrate what life was like for the workers. You’ll also see several animatronic and lifelike figures that further demonstrate the mining life and hardships.
A ferry leaves from Niigata Port several times a day. Please check the ferry website for times.
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