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

by Fujiko
(16) Reviews
2:30h $ 97 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Sado Gold and Silver Mine Museum
  • Kyomachi- dori street
  • Kitazawa area

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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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Highlights

  • Sado Gold and Silver Mine Museum
  • Kyomachi- dori street
  • Kitazawa area

Important

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
Sado Gold and Silver Mine Museum entrance fee 900yen per person
Meeting Point
In front of Sado Gold and Silver Mine Museum
Ending Point
In front of Aikawa Folk Museum in Kitazawa
Duration
2:30 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 16 )
Jean Jean United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ 5 Hour Sado Island Tour ”

Due to our schedule, we were only able to do a 5 hour tour in Sado Island. Fujiko was very accommodating to make sure we got to tour sites that we wanted to cover on such a short period of time. She advised & shared her ideas of the limitations of a 5 hour tour. Fujiko is very knowledgeable about Sado & it’s history. She speaks English well & has great communication skills. Also, she kept in contact w/ us prior to the trip & informed us of the weather & tide condition of the day before the tour. She was very pleasant & comfortable to be with throughout the tour process. We highly recommend Fujiko & would request her tour guide services again!!!

Fujiko:

Dear Jean Thank you so much for writing a review of the tour so quick! Yes, it was a relatively tight tour because of the ferry schedule and also Sado is big and sightseeing spots are scattered on the island. Anyway the weather was nicer than expected and we could visit places on your bucket list! One of mine is visiting your country in a few years!! Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. Mahalo:) Fujiko

Kerry Kerry United States ( Couple )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Our Visit With Fujiko Was the Highlight of Our Trip! ”

My husband and I are from Hawaii and we hired Fujiko as our guide to visit the ancestral home of our family from Niigata. She far exceeded our expectations and due to her efforts, we actually met a direct relative. Fujiko has a fun and friendly personality and we were immediately impressed by her expertise as a guide. She is very proficient in English and is knowledgeable about Sado Island, Niigata and Japan. Thanks to Fujiko, we had “adventures” which we wouldn’t have experienced if we had been on a group tour. Much of what we saw and encountered was “off the beaten path”. She is sincere and helpful & her suggestions enriched our trip. If you’re thinking of visiting Sado Island or Niigata, we highly recommend contacting Fujiko and arranging your visit with her. We can’t wait to ... read more

Fujiko:

Dear Kerry Thank you very very much for writing such a wonderful review of the tour. Is it about me? I guess we were guided by someone else to meet the direct relative. Life is full of unexpected and it makes our life special and happy. I was also happy that it was worthwhile for you to visit the place with little clue and reached the relative. Niigata is now your second home and I hope you to revisit there in the near future to discover the area more! Aloha! Fujiko

HERMIE HERMIE Philippines ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Excellent guide ”

Fujiko made our Niigata tour, though only for a day, very memorable. She took the extra mile to grant our request to visit a nearby place which was not included in the itinerary. She has good command of the English language and communicating was a breeze. I highly recommend her if you need a guide in Niigata.

Fujiko:

Dear Hermie Thank you very much for writing an encouraging review. I also had a wonderful time with you visiting beautiful places and tasting delicious seasonal fruits.! Please come one month late next time to fully enjoy autumn colors! I hope you will have another memorable tour when you visit Japan next time. Fujiko

Danny Danny Singapore ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Sado Island adventures ”

A typhoon was approaching Niigata the day before we were meant to leave on the hydrofoil to Sado. Fujiko-san happened to be in Niigata and we meet and were comforted by her assessment. Took the ferry the next morning under calm conditions and spent a really nice day with Fujiko. Saw the Toki’s, ate great Soba and apples, picked persimmons and figs off a tree. Visited a famous sale brewery that makes sake for Nobu! Stayed at a recommended Minshuku for the night as the wind was picking up. A nice day overall! The next day, we visited old fishing village, a traditional bamboo craft artisan and a really amazing temple with giant thousand year old cedar trees. Had coffee and sandwiches at a really beautiful cafe overlooking by now a raging sea. Overnight at a really nice Minshuku with baths. ... read more

Fujiko:

Dear Danny san Thank you very much for writing such a detailed tour review! Yes, we were lucky enough that we didn't have to change tour itineraries because of the typhoon. It's a lot of fun for me to bring my guests completely rural and off-the-beaten-track places and make them smile. There are uncountable places in Japan where you can find unique recipes or ingredients so please enjoy your culinary adventure! Fujiko

Albert Albert Singapore ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Sado & Murakami tours ”

We a party of 6 really enjoyed our 2 days Sado and 1 day Murakami tours with Fujiko very much. She really adapted to our requests and even gave us surprises that enhanced our expectation. A very knowledgeable experienced guide and speak good English. We highly recommend her to be your guide.

Fujiko:

Dear Albert san Thank you very much for writing such a wonderful review of the tours. We could weather that powerful typhoon and visit places under autumn blue sky! Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan and say hello to everyone from Sado. Fujiko

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