The island of Sado is quite famous for its gold mine which started exploiting Sado’s natural gold reserves in 1601. Among the workers of the most productive gold mine in Japan were some criminals sent in exile to Sado island. From its early days to the end of the exploitation in 1989, mining techniques have changed a lot, from manual labor to mechanical tools. Those are explained in detail in the Sado gold mine museum which actually features two mining tunnels representing the old and modern era of gold mining. Among the exhibits is a real gold bar that you can touch. However, you may only do so through a small hole which makes stealing the gold bar a nearly impossible feat. A price is given to those who succeed removing the bar through the tiny hole. Several hundred people have actually succeeded. I tried and failed three times… I which you a better luck!
Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese. View all posts by Gaijin San