Taio Kinzan

Matcha

Feb 3, 2017

Want to try your hand at gold mining? Visit Taio Kinzan (Taio Gold Mine) in Oita prefecture. Mining here started in 1894 and continued to flourish until its closure in 1972. Now that its mining days are over, the site has been refurbished as a museum where visitors can relive its bygone days of gold production!

When I entered the museum, the first thing I encountered was the lookout. This is where the allocation of daily tasks for the gold miners took place. On the far right of the lookout is a wax statue of Hans Hunter, who was responsible for running the mine’s daily operations.

If you continue further down the path, you’ll come to an open space with an exceptionally large vertical shaft winder! It actually runs 510 meters underground…and it was used as a means of pulling out gold ore.

Looking back on my museum tour, the highlights I enjoyed most were the beautifully recreated dioramas and animatronic miners that tell you colorful stories of the mine’s past. If you’re looking for a fun adventure that’s out of the ordinary, this is a golden opportunity not to be missed!

The entrance fee for adults is 1,030 yen; junior high school students 820 yen; and elementary school students 510 yen.

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