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Toi Kinzan, Izu

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Specialty Museum Historic Site
Clamber into Toi Kinzan, the second most productive gold mine in the country. Operational during the Edo period, it provided valuable material for the production of the currency of the time. Here you'll have the opportunity to walk down a 400 m (1,312 ft) long, restored mining tunnel, furnished with animatronic dioramas demonstrating the working processes employed deep in the rock. Most of the information is in Japanese, but there are simple written English explanations describing the tools and techniques used. Across from the mine, you'll find a museum with further models and information, as well as the novel opportunity to spend half an hour panning for gold, with the chance to take home whatever bounty you find during this time. The museum also displays the world's heaviest gold bar, which weighs in at an incredible 250 kg (551 lbs). A visit to Toi Kinzan represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Izu vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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Where to stay in Izu

Izu possesses plentiful accommodations, with the established resort town receiving many domestic and international visitors each year. The most popular place to stay close to the city center remains the area surrounding Shuzenji hot spring. Onsite bathhouses, known as "onsen," use the naturally-warmed water from the hot spring in a range of spa treatments. You can find some more budget-friendly options here, but the emphasis remains primarily on luxury. Look along the regional roads that converge at Shuzenji station for more options, including guesthouses and hotels.
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  • This gold mine (now closed) used to be No. 2 gold mine in Japan after Sado. Do not miss (actually to touch) the world's largest gold bullion. This place was quite enjoyable.  more »
  • Gold was what attracted me to visit! There is a beautiful garden where you can take photos but it was raining when I visited, so I went straight indoors. The tunnel museum gives a good illustration of...  more »
  • Delightful old display about gold mining in Japan. Worth while visit just to see the figures and mechanics of display. Some interesting info and a good long walk underground. Easy access.  more »