April 10, 2017

Satsuma Kinzangura/Japan

This place is the former site of Kushikino Mine. This mine has a history of over 300 years and produced more than 50 tons of gold until the shutdown in 1994. Now the project of precious metal recycling is done.
Because the temperature of the tunnel is constant throughout the year,” Satsuma Kinzangura” uses some galleries to store and cultivate Shochu. You can ride the truck and visit the reservoir of Shochu, but you can’t experience gold panning.

Satsuma Shochu” is one of the origin-designated brands based on the WHO like "Bordeaux wine" and "Scotch whiskey".

Address: Noshita Ichikikushikino-shi Kagoshima-ken

Homepage of Satuma Kinzangura

April 7, 2017

Esashi-Fujiwara Heritage Park/Japan

The historical park "Esashi-Fujiwara Heritage Park" is located near World Cultural Heritage “Hiraizumi”.
It is a theme park that you can experience the history of Tohoku from ancient times to the middle ages.
In the garden of about 20 hectares, there are more than 120 buildings based on historical research. It has been used as the location for many TV dramas and movies.

Various events are taking place and the gold panning experience is held during the summer festival.

Address: Iwayado Esashi-ku Oshu-shi Iwate-ken

Homepage of Esashi-Fujiwara Heritage Park

April 4, 2017


There was a village of gold miner near the Tachiyazawa-river in the old age. There is no one who makes living by gold digging now, but there are people who dig gold as an individual hobby.

The event” Get rich quick Class” is held once a year.
The instructor will explain the history of gold digging and Japanese tools. After the lecture, you will receive guidance on gold panning in Tachiyazawa-river.

Address: Syounai-machi Higashitagawa-gun Yamagata-ken

Homepage of Tachiyazawa-river

March 31, 2017

Hosokura Mine-park/Japan

Hosokura mine was a leading mining company of lead and zinc in Japan, it has a history of 1200 years. This mine closed down in 1987 and now it is a theme park using tunnels. The work scenery has been faithfully reproduced in the tunnel. Cultural assets such as ancient documents are displayed in the exhibition room. You can experience gold panning in the pool.

Address: Nangou Uguisuzawa Kirihara-shi Miyagi-ken

Homepage of  Hosokura Mine-park

March 27, 2017

Taio Gold Mine/Japan

Gold ore was discovered in 1894. It was the largest gold mine in the Orient about 80 years until the closed mountain in 1972.
The total length of the tunnel was 110 km, and five shafts reaching 500 m underground were dug.
In 1983 it revived as "Underground Museum Taio Gold Mine”.

Also, you can enjoy gold panning in pool near the entrance.
The “Kyusyu Gold Panning Championship” is held once a year

Address:Gouse Nakatue-mura Hita-shi Ooita-ken

Homepage of Taio Gold Mine

March 22, 2017

Mikawa Mu-valley/Japan

This place is the tungsten mine closed in 1993. This mine has been reborn as the "Underground Kingdom Mikawa Mu-valley".
It is a unique adventure type theme park that explored 1 km of the tunnel as the stage.
The theme of this park is mysterious ancient civilization "Mu Continent".You can do gold panning experience in the pool and the pond.

Address:Nekasa Mikawa-machi Yamaguchi-ken

Homepage of Mikawa Mu-Valley

March 16, 2017

Maintopia Besshi/Japan

Besshi Copper Mine was discovered in 1690, it produced 700 thousand tons in about 280 years until 1973 and contributed to Japan's trade and modernization.
The Sumitomo family managed this mine and the copper related business became the cornerstone of the huge chaebol in Japan.

Maintopia Besshi is a theme park which used old facilities of Besshi Copper Mine. Mine tourism and gold panning in the pool can be done. Some of the gold flakes has stamp of raccoon, if you can collect 3 pieces, you will exchange for 5 g gold bar.

Address:Tachikawa Niihama-shi Ehime-ken Japan

Homepage of Minetopia Besshi