Sado Half Day Tour - Mining for Gold

by Luke - TripleLights travel specialist

We introduce the most popular itineraries amongst our customers who choose tours on Triplelights. 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

Sado Half Day Tour - Mining for Gold

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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Need help planning your trip to Sado ?

If you are interested to know more and save your time during your trip to Sado, You can send a message to our local guides to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience.

In the TripleLights website you can find the best professional guides all over Japan to help you plan your trip. Check our local guides for Sado


26 Dec 2015

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Recent Tour Reviews in Sado

“ very nice tour ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Melissa -   Tour Guide: Mutsuko

We had a beautiful day out in Sado island. We enjoyed our guide and the driver did his job very well. We thank you for the tour!
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“ Interesting Trip to Sado Island ”

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1 month ago Traveler: Michael -   Tour Guide: Keiichi

My wife and I spent an enjoyable day on Sado Island with Kei. The weather was great and the Cherry trees were in full bloom. The island was beautiful. The tour was not limited to facts, figures and dates. Being from the island, Kei’s familiarity with the plants, animals and historical sites gave us an insider’s perspective. We took the Jet Foil from Niigata to Ryotsu. Stayed overnight on...
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“ Sado visit for group of 6 ”

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2 months ago Traveler: Roberta -   Tour Guide: Keiichi

Kei planned a varied well planned visit of Sado Island. He was well prepared and gave us an interesting, informative tour of all the highlights. The tour was well paced. We had a delicious lunch and were very comfortable in the van we hired. Mr. Watanabe was courteous and helpful. Overall everyone was very pleased and enjoyed our tour.
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“ Great experience with Kei-san ”

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10 months ago Traveler: Les -   Tour Guide: Keiichi

Kei was great. His English is very good. He went above and beyond. He is a great guy and very knowledgeable about Sado. He truly practices the hospitality level of omotenashi. After a short while itfeels like you are with a good friend, because that is what he is to us now. I would definitely recommend Kei.
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“ A piece of pure gold ”

Excellent
11 months ago Traveler: James -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

We spend amazing four weeks in Japan, but the two trips on Sado Island we did with Fujiko were definitely our highlight. Fujiko did a great job guiding us and spoke excellent English. Apart from being a caring and humorous person one could tell that she really likes being a guide.
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“ Fujiko--the best guide we had in Japan. ”

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1 year ago Traveler: Cath -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

We recently had the pleasure of meeting Fujiko who gave us an awesome tour of Sado Island. After travelling for a month in Japan it is without doubt that I can say that this tour with Fujiko was the best. Fujiko has a great wealth of knowledge and adapts the tour to what you what to do and see. It was extremely easy communicating with Fujiko. A lovely lady! Cannot recommend her higher! Cath Cr...
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