Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Izu Peninsula Part 1 - Toi

A few weeks ago, two of my friends and I visited the Izu Peninsula.   Our plan was to visit the Toi Gold Mine and Dogashima.  As always, I took many photos, so this post is only the first part of the day.  


Two of us took the ferry, meeting the third person at the Toi Port.  



We walked from the port to the gold mine, eating lunch before we entered.  I ordered cold seaweed soba noodles, covered with sea weed. 





The gold mine attraction was touristy, but historical, informative, and fun at the same time! Throughout the mine area were moving statues like this one at the entrance.  We were a little spooked when we first saw this guy moving!




There was a little shrine inside the entrance to the area.



I was happy to find English signs inside the gold mine. It was cool/air conditioned when we were visiting, but was very hot for the miners when the mine was actually in operation.


























Outside of the gold mine, there were more exhibits, plus a musuem, place to pan for gold, and a gift shop.



For the rest of the story about our day, come back for part 2.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for all the photographs of the gold mines. My family comes from a coal mining area in Appalachia so it was fascinating to see how things are the same and different in another country mining something else. The ventilation problems were the same! (And on another topic, thanks so much for help finding the current SOTM URLs!)

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  2. More adventures!
    Happy Monday!

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  3. Greatly informative.
    Thank for making these very valuable 'tourist guides' of Japan.
    Please stay forever and completely cover every inch of the country!

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  4. Pamela: All I can say is wow.
    You are one lucky lady to be able to tour and explore Japan.
    Blessings
    Catherine

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  5. Very interesting to read about the history of this gold mine. It must have been such hard work in there.

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  6. That sounds interesting! I visited an old silver mine a few years back, but that place was more cold than hot (even without air conditioning). But then, we do not have hot springs around here!

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