Sado Kinzan

sights / Historic

Sado Kinzan information

Location
Aikawa , Japan
Address
1305 Shimo-Aikawa
Telephone
+81 259 259 74 2389
More information
www.sado-kinzan.com/en
Prices
admission 1/2 courses ¥900/1400
Opening hours
9am-4:30pm
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You'll have to venture up a steep mountain to access this gold mine, which produced large quantities of gold and silver until its demise in 1989. Descend into the chilly depths, where you'll encounter robots that dramatise the tough existence of former miners. A further 300m up the mountain is Dōyū-no-Wareto, the original opencast mine where you can still see the remains of the workings. Public transport is scarce.

Ask for directions to the Kami-AIkawa walk, starting from car park 3: it's a fascinating downhill ramble past hidden temples along a historic street with wonderful vistas.