Let's go around Sado Gold and Silver Mines!

  1. How to enjoy Sado Island
  2. Let's go around Sado Gold and Silver Mines!

There are 55 mines on Sado Island that produce gold, silver, and other metals. The major mines on the island, including the Nishimikawa Gold Mine, the Tsuruko Silver Mine, and the Aikawa Gold and Silver Mine, are collectively known as the "Sado Gold and Silver Mines." The Sado Gold and Silver Mines produced 78 tons of gold and 2,330 tons of silver during the 400 years since the Edo Period. As the largest gold and silver mine in Japan, it had a great impact on the domestic and international economy.

  • 史跡 佐渡金山

    Historic Site Sado Gold Mine

    This historical site tells the 400-year history of the Sado Gold and Silver Mines. Visitors can learn about the mining process in those days through a popular tour of the mine tunnels.

    Tour time: 1 to 2 hours

  • 道遊の割戸

    Doyu no Warito

    Located near the Sado Gold Mine, a historic site, the Doyu Tunnel course, takes visitors right down to the bottom of the mine. The V-shape of the split mountain-top is a symbol of "Sado Island's gold mine".

    Tour time: 30 minutes (1 to 2 hours if you take the Doyu Tunnel course)

  • 佐渡奉行所跡

    Sado Magistrate's Office

    This magistrate's office was established after Sado Island became a territory under the direct control of the shogunate. The site also included a "yosereba" (a place for refining gold and silver).

    Tour time: 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours

  • 相川郷土博物館(旧御料局佐渡市庁跡)

    Aikawa Folk Museum (Former Sado Office of the Imperial Household Office's Bureau of Imperial Estates)

    This museum exhibits materials related to the gold and silver mines, etc. The building used to be the Sado Office of the Imperial Property Bureau (which managed imperial property under the jurisdiction of the Meiji Constitution).

    Tour time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

  • 大間港

    Oma Port

    Oma Port, located along the sea in the Aikawa district, was used for ore shipping. The historic remains of the port can still be seen today, and the view of the sunset is spectacular.

    Tour time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

  • 佐渡金銀山ガイダンス施設 きらりうむ佐渡

    Kirariumu Sado

    This guidance facility introduces the history of the Sado Gold and Silver Mines. The various periods and historical sites of the gold and silver mines are introduced in an easy-to-understand manner through video clips. It is recommended to stop by before visiting the historical sites.

    Tour time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

  • 日本最古の西洋式竪坑(地下エレベーター) 大立竪坑

    Odate Tateko

    This is said to be the oldest Western-style shaft in Japan, and is a symbol of the modernization of the Sado Gold and Silver Mines. This 352m-long, vertical shaft was used to transport ore.

    Tour time: 15 minutes

  • 旧相川拘置支所

    Former Aikawa Detention Center

    The remains of a wooden detention center can be freely visited inside. It is registered as Japan's Tangible Cultural Property.

    Tour time: 15-30 minutes

  • 京町通り

    Kyomachi Street

    Kyomachi-dori is a charming street which connects the Aikawa Gold and Silver Mine with the Sado Magistrate's Office. "Yoinomai" folk dance parade is held here in June.

    Tour time: 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours

  • 北沢浮遊選鉱場のライトアップ

    Kitazawa Flotation Plant

    The Kitazawa Flotation Plant, once known as the best of its kind in the East, is illuminated at night every year. Its remains are fantastic to see under the starry sky.

    Tour time: 15-30 minutes

Sado Gold and Silver Mine Promotion Video

"Eco-Da-Chari" electric bikes available for rent at tourist information centers

In addition to buses, cabs, and rental cars, electric bikes called "Eco-Da-Chari" are available for sightseeing on Sado Island. There are three types of bicycles available: the "Sport Type" and "Sport Type Mini" hybrid bikes with electric power assistance, and the "City Type" for easy use.

  • エコだっチャリ スポーツタイプ(電動アシストクロスバイク)

    Eco-Da-Chari Sport-type

    This is an electrically assisted bike that can be comfortably ridden over long distances and on undulating roads with excellent riding performance.

    Starting at 2,000 yen for 2 hours

  • エコだっチャリ スポーツタイプミニ(ミニベロタイプ)

    Eco-Da-Chari Sport-type Mini

    This mini velo bike combines the best of both city and fitness types with light power and ease of use. Its stylish appearance is ideal for touring around!

    Starting at 2,000 yen for 2 hours

  • エコだっチャリ シティタイプ(電動アシスト自転車)

    Eco-Da-Chari City-type

    This is an easy-to-use electrically assisted bicycle. Available for rent at 5 locations on the island.

    Starting at 500 yen for 2 hours