Sado


Have you ever been to Sado Island in Niigata prefecture? If you haven’t yet, here’s a list of the 30 top sightseeing spots according to TripAdvisor.

It’s a beautiful island to visit with it’s temples, mines, and nature experiences. You can try riding a traditional tub boat called a “Taraibune”, try scuba diving in the deep blue waters, or try your hand at the traditional Sado drums.

Shukunegi

The historic community of houses that has survived since the Edo Era
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )

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Seikurou House, closed from mid-November (undetermined) to March 31st
Price Admission to enter Shukunegi private houses
Seikurou House: Adults 400 yen Children 200 yen
Address Shukunegi, Sado-shi, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-86-3200
Website https://www.visitsado.com/en/spot/detail0121/


Onogame

A giant peak that soars high into the sky from ocean surface. See this dynamic scene only found on Sado!
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Address Oonogame, Sado  See map
Telephone 0259-23-3300
Website http://enjoyniigata.com/english/f/onokame.html


Yajima Taiken Koryukan

Tour an inlet by tarai bune (tub boat). Enjoy your time on the gentle sea current
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

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November - March
Oct. 21th of every year
Price Adults: 500 JPY
Child: 300 JPY
Address 365-1 Ogi, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-86-2992
Website https://www.visitsado.com/en/spot/detail0039/


Kitazawa Flotation Plant

A gigantic industrial heritage site which was once the largest ore beneficiation plant in East Asia
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Business Hours Everyday

Kitazawa Floatation Plant is normally always open
The photo gallery is open 9am—4pm but closed during the winter season
Price FREE
Address 北沢浮遊選鉱場跡 3-2 Aikawasakashita, Sado,Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-74-2389


Myosen-ji Temple

An ancient temple surrounded by a cedar forest with an impressive five story pagoda that took two generations of temple carpenters to complete
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )

April-October 8:00am-5:00pm
November-March 8:00am-4:00pm
Price FREE
Address Myosenji Temple 29 Abutsubo, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-55-2061
Website http://enjoyniigata.com/english/02/myosenji-temple.html


Seisonkaku

Seisonkaku; A villa brimming with consideration for a mother
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Business Hours Monday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Tuesday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Thursday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Friday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Weekends ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price Adults: 700 JPY
Child: 250 JPY
Address 1-2 Kenrokumachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa See map
Telephone 076-221-0580
Website http://www.seisonkaku.com/english/index.html


Sado Mine

The remains of a once flourishing gold mine boasting Japan’s highest output, discovered during the Edo Era
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price Tour courses (approx. 60 min)
Adults 1400 yen Children 700 yen
Doyuko or Souda Yuukou courses only
(Doyuko: about 40 min Souda Yuukou: about 30 min)
Adults 900 yen Children 450 yen
Yamashi course with guide (April-November advance reservation
Address 1305 Shimoaikawa, Sado-shi, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-74-2389
Website http://www.sado-kinzan.com/en/


Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park

Experience gold panning as you learn all about the historic gold mines of Sado
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
Price Adults: 800 JPY
Child: 700 JPY
Address 835-1 Nishimikawa, Sado-shi, Niigata See map


Ogi Diving Center

Try a 90-minute sea kayaking course that takes you into the rough waves of the Sea of Japan!
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Business Hours Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )

8:30am-5:00pm

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There are no scheduled holidays, so always check the days the center is open and make advance reservations to participate in the programs.
Price Sea kayak tour 5400 yen(including tax)
There are morning and afternoon tours, twice a day
The tour lasts approximately 3 hours including time to change clothes and the easy lesson

Address 225-2 Kotoura, Sado< Niigata See map
Telephone -86-2368
Website http://www.visitsado.com/en/05plan/03accom/inn-find-id.php?id=a050066


Sekisui Ito Pottery Museum

A gallery amassing the elegant pottery of Sekisui Ito, a Living National Treasure
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

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The museum is closed for the winter annually from November 23rd.
It opens from the 2nd Saturday in April and is open every day until November 23rd.
Price FREE
Address 新潟県佐渡市下相川808−3 See map
Telephone 0259-74-0011


Ogura Senmaida (Terraced Rice Fields)

A wide swath of terraced rice paddies cultivated on a slope through natural agricultural methods
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Business Hours Everyday
Price FREE
Address Ogura Senmaida Ogura, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-55-3589


Toki Forest Park

The precious toki, or crested ibis, that had once disappeared from the skies of Japan, have returned
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Business Hours Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )

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March-November: open every day
December-February: closed Mondays
Closed over the New Year’s holidays
Price Adults: 400 YEN
Child: 100 YEN
Address 383-2 Niibo-nagaune, Sado, Niigata Toki forest park See map
Telephone 0259-22-4123
Website http://tokinotayori.com/en/


Sado Gold Mine: Edo Gold Mine Picture Scroll (Sodayu) Course

The sight of recreated mine workers from 400 years ago
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Business Hours Everyday

April-October 8am-5:30pm
November-March 8:30am―5pm
Price Adults: 900 JPY
Child: 450 JPY
Address Sado Goldmine 1305, Shimoaikawa, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-74-2389
Website http://www.sado-kinzan.com/en/


Sado Island Taiko Center

As soon as you hear it, your heart will throb, as soon as you beat it, your heart will sing! The attraction of taiko drumming linked to the heart!
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Business Hours Tuesday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Wednesday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Thursday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Friday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Weekends ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

New-Year-Holidays from 24th Dec in 2017〜9th January in 2018
Price Adults: 2,000 YEN
Child: 1,000 YEN
Address 佐渡太鼓体験交流館 Kaneda Shinden, ogi, Sado See map
Telephone 0259-86-2320
Website http://www.sadotaiken.jp/en


Sado Historical Legend Museum

A novel experience! The history of Sado is told through robots in the costumes of old
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Business Hours Everyday

April-November 8:30am – 5:00pm
December - March 9:00am – 4:30pm

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Open every day
Price Adults: 800 YEN
Child: 400 YEN
Address 佐渡歴史伝説館, 655 Mano, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-55-2525
Website http://enjoyniigata.com/english/02/sado-history-and-traditional-museum.html


Futatsugame

The two large rocks that burst from the sea form an ever-changing secluded beach depending on the season and weather
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Address 1116-2, Washizaki,Sado Island, Niigata  See map
Telephone 0259-26-2311
Website https://www.visitsado.com/en/spot/detail0134/


Senkaku Bay Ageshima Park

Enjoy a cruise viewing scenery interweaving sheer cliffs and a complex bay
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Business Hours Everyday

March-April 8:30am-5:00pm
May-October 8:00am-5:30pm
November 8:30am-5:00pm
December-February 8:30am-4:30pm
Price Adults: 550 JPY
Child: 280 JPY
The above is the park admission. Cruise fares (including admission) are below.
Adults 1100 yen
Children 550 yen
Address 1561 Kitaebisu, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-75-2311


Okinawa World/Gyokusen-do Cave

Okinawa Prefecture’s foremost theme park known for Japan’s largest limestone cave
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )
Price Adults: 1,650 JPY
Child: 830 JPY
Children are 4 years old up to junior high school age
The above prices are for the free pass
Gyokusen-do Cave & Kingdom Village: Adults – 1240 yen Children – 620 yen
Kingdom Village: Adults – 620 yen Children – 310 yen
Habu Park: Adults – 620
Address Okinawa World, Maekawa-1336 Nanjyo, Okinawa See map
Telephone 098-949-7421
Website http://www.gyokusendo.co.jp/okinawaworld/en/


Sado Gold Mine: Meiji Government-controlled mine (Doyu Tunnel) Course

A course touring the history of a modern mine where you can get a sense of its huge scale and dramatic evolution
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Business Hours Everyday

April-October 8am-5:30pm
November-March 8:30am―5pm
Price Adults: 900 JPY
Child: 450 JPY
Address Sado Goldmine 1305, Shimoaikawa, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-74-2389
Website http://www.sado-kinzan.com/en/


Chokoku-ji Temple

There are 30 kinds of Buddhist experiences. This is a temple filled with entertainment!
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

The experiential courses are held at 1pm-2pm
For preferred times outside this time, please inquire directly

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Open all year. However, there is a reservation system in place for tours so please make arrangements in advance
Price The experiential courses require admission to pay for materials
Address Chokokuji 13, Chokoku, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-66-2052
Website http://www.visitsado.com/en/03amuse/01tosee/place-find-id.php?id=d300013


Obata Sake Brewery

Head for the brewery for high-grade sake. Sample famous first-class sake from Sado
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price FREE
Address 449 Manoshinmachi, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-55-3171
Website http://www.obata-shuzo.com/en/Default.htm


Osado Ishina Natural Cedar Forest

A mystical cedar forest which has existed for about 300 years with huge trees uniquely shaped through the actions of strong winds and snow
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Address 38.18895033240991,138.41503143310547 See map
Telephone 0259-27-5000
Website http://enjoyniigata.com/english/01/osado-ishina-natural-cedar-forest.html


Sadokoku Ogi Folk Museum

Marvel at the spectacular display of the completely reproduced Edo Era cargo ship with a total length of 24m!
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Business Hours Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )

8:30am-5:00pm

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March-November open every day
December-February Mondays are closed
New Year’s holidays 12/29-1/3
Price Adults: 500 YEN
Child: 200 YEN
The children’s admission includes junior high school students
Address 270-2 Shukunegi, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-86-2604


Tenryo Ryotsu Sado Takigi Noh

As mysterious Noh performances float amid the fire illuminating the darkness, the true charm of outdoor Noh is experienced with all five senses
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Business Hours The yearly schedule can be obtained from the Sado Tourism Association website
Price Adults: 1,000 JPY
Address 724 Haraguro, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-27-5000
Website http://www.visitsado.com/en/00sp/0908/nou1.shtml


Shiawase Jizo (Bodhisattva of Happiness)

A spiritual spot where Japan’s largest jizo statue prays for the happiness of the people
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Price FREE
Address 幸福地蔵 56-2, Shukunegi, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-86-3200


Rengebu-ji Temple

An ancient serene temple whose appearance within a valley surrounded by small mountains has been extolled as being like a lotus blossom
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price FREE
Address 182 Kobie, Sado, Niigata Rengebuji See map
Telephone 0259-86-2530
Website https://www.visitsado.com/en/spot/detail0123/


Daizen Shrine

A shrine with Sado Island’s oldest Noh stage enshrined in the middle of a tranquil countryside setting
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price FREE
Address 562-1 Takeda, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-55-2953
Website https://www.visitsado.com/en/spot/detail0106/


Seson-ji Temple

Sado Island’s first Nichiren Buddhist temple with its simple appearance and a beautiful garden throughout all four seasons
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Business Hours Everyday ( 07:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price FREE
Address 643 Takeda, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-55-2262


Ryotsu Port

Sado Island’s gateway which is most used by ferries arriving and departing. This is the starting point for tourism on the island
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Business Hours Everyday ( 04:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )

There may be changes depending on the conditions of arrival and departure for the ferries
Address 353, Ryotsuminato, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-27-5111


Ogi Port

A convenient port to travel around famous sites in southern Sado Island. Come here to reach the historical district of Shukunegi and tarai bune.
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

Times may change depending on the conditions of arrival and departures of ships
Address 1950 Ogimachi, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-86-3110


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