1 day itinerary

Travel plan for first timers in Sado

Sado is famous for its gold mine! This course will let you get in contact with the history of the island as you visit the mine while taking that drive through the beautiful scenery of Sado. You can also try panning for gold and take a tour of the precipitous cliffs via excursion ship.



Day 1

Ryotsu Port ( 09:00 AM ~ 09:00 AM )
Senkaku Bay Ageshima Park ( 10:00 AM ~ 10:40 AM )
Sado Mine ( 11:00 AM ~ 01:00 PM )
Kitazawa Flotation Plant ( 01:10 PM ~ 01:40 PM )
Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park ( 02:30 PM ~ 03:10 PM )
Ogura Senmaida (Terraced Rice Fields) ( 04:00 PM ~ 04:40 PM )

Day 1 - Sado

09:00 AM 09:00 AM   -   Ryotsu Port


Ferries go in and out of this port from places on the mainland such as Niigata. There is a tourist information office and a rental car office within this facility. Please don’t forget to make advance reservations for a rental car.


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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

10:00 AM 10:40 AM   -   Senkaku Bay Ageshima Park


Just a 15-minute short cruise by pleasure boat.
The blue sea and beautiful soaring cliffs caused by upheaval in the Earth’s crust. You can enjoy a grand seascape only found at Sado Island.


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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

11:00 AM 01:00 PM   -   Sado Mine


A tour of the gold mine that is indispensable if looking for the history of Sado. Explore the mining area that was active from the Edo Era to contemporary times. The sight of the mountain peak which has caved in due to excavation is incredible! You can also take a break at the adjoining restaurant.


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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/

01:10 PM 01:40 PM   -   Kitazawa Flotation Plant


The remains of a gigantic ore processing plant that was once the largest in East Asia. The then-cutting edge industrial complex that was necessary for the prosperity of the gold mine is now a historic site covered in the flora of the area.


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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

02:30 PM 03:10 PM   -   Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park


This is the place to try panning for gold! This tour is divided into 3 courses: beginner, intermediate and advanced. The advanced course is where you can enjoy panning by entering the river. Any gold dust you find is yours for the taking as a souvenir.


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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

04:00 PM 04:40 PM   -   Ogura Senmaida (Terraced Rice Fields)


Head for the terraces where rice is grown using ancient farming methods. The scene of these wide rice paddies arranged in layers is truly unique and impressive. The best time to visit is between April and November.


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Business Hours Everyday
Price FREE
Address Ogura Senmaida Ogura, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-55-3589

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