Enjoy Exploring Sado: Local Attractions

Here are some of Sado's most popular tourist attractions.

  • Sight-seeing / Activities
  • Enjoy Sado's Natural Splendor
  • Introduction to Wildflowers
Toki Forest Park
Toki Forest Park
Toki Materials Exhibition Hall and Toki Rapport Plaza offers you opportunities to view toki, Japanese crested ibises, up close.
The Sado Gold Mine
The Sado Gold Mine
On Sado, gold was mined for over 1,000 years, and a book written in the Heian Period (794-1185) mentions gold produced on Sado. This gold mine was opened and in operation throughout the Edo Period (the 17th-19th centuries).
Tub Boats
Tub Boats
These tub boats were used to go collecting wakame seaweed, abalones and turban shells. A tub boat ride will give you a sense of being a boatman.
Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park
Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park
Nishimikawa Gold Dust Mine boasts a long history on Sado. This hands-on facility is on the old site of Sado Gold Dust Mine where you can easily pan for gold.
Sado Bugyosho (the government office representing the Edo shogunate on Sado)
Sado Bugyosho (the government office representing the Edo shogunate on Sado)
A few of the buildings of the Sado Bugyosho have been completely reconstructed to reflect its original structure and some parts of the buildings are open to the public.
Shukunegi - home of the sengokubune (a large wooden freight ship)
Shukunegi - home of the sengokubune (a large wooden freight ship)
The traditional architecture of buildings crowded together, on a narrow strip of land beside the inlet, is a precious reminder of the past.
Sado History Museum
Sado History Museum
The Sado History Museum exhibits the history and legends of Sado in an interactive manner. This museum is a great place for people of all ages.
Sado Island's Ogi Folk Museum
Sado Island's Ogi Folk Museum
The Sado Island Ogi Folk Museum exhibits items related to the everyday life of the common people, including fishing equipment and farming tools. At this museum, a fully-restored sengokubune (large wooden freight ship) from 150 years ago is also on display.
Ageshima Aquarium
Ageshima Aquarium
Ageshima Aquarium gives you chances to touch fish at the Touch Pool and try out "doctor fish" in the wading area.
Futatsugame
Futatsugame
Futatsugame was named for what the massive offshore outcrops resemble: two turtles. The crystal clear water and beach have been selected as one of the Best 100 Swimming Spots in Japan.
Onogame
Onogame
The massive, 167-meter high, monolithic rock outcrop projects into the sea. A breathtaking view.
Ishina Natural Cedar Forest
Ishina Natural Cedar Forest
Ishina Natural Cedars are estimated to be from 200 to 400 years old. The shapes of the trunks and branches, warped by strong winds and snow during the harsh winter, may surprise you.
Senkakuwan Bay Ageshima
Senkakuwan Bay Ageshima
Senkakuwan Bay is situated to the north of Sado Gold Mine. It features coastlines that vary from soaring cliffs to rocky reefs. One of its spectacular attractions is viewing rocks tossed about in heavy seas.
Mt. Donden
Mt. Donden
Mt. Donden one of the new Top 100 Mountains in Japan and a popular tourist attraction. It is an ideal place for hiking and exploring Sado's abundant nature.
Yajima and Kyojima
Yajima and Kyojima
Yajima and Kyojima are two tiny islands connected by a red arched bridge: a beautiful, miniature-garden-like scenic spot.
Ryuodo Cave
Ryuodo Cave
Ryuodo Cave is a lava rock cave located in Kotoura, in the southern part of Sado. It has a mysterious feel.
Meotoiwa Rocks
Meotoiwa Rocks
Two rocks, set amid the waves, are shaped like a couple. Rock reefs found here and there form a scenic spot with varying shorelines.
Osado Skyline
Osado Skyline
The Osado Skyline is a mountain road full of scenic spots including: Hakuundai, a rest area with a viewing deck; Odaira Highland, where a herd of cows can be found wandering; and Otowaike Lake with its floating island; among others. Osado Skyline is highly recommended during the autumn for its excellent display of changing leaves.
Dogtooth Violet (Katakuri)
Dogtooth Violet (Katakuri)
The lovely pink flowers of the dogtooth violet bloom after the thaw. Dogtooth violets can be found in the woods of the Osado Mountains.
Oiwakagami (Schizocodon soldanelloides)
Oiwakagami (Schizocodon soldanelloides)
Oiwakagami can be found in rocky areas along ridges of the Osado Mountains. It features mirror-like shiny leaves.
Skeleton Flower (Diphylleia grayi) [Sankayo]
Skeleton Flower (Diphylleia grayi) [Sankayo]
Skeleton flowers bloom around ridges in the north-eastern area of the Osado Mountains. Lovely white flowers can be found at the tip of a stem.
Hitorishizuka (Chloranthus japonicus)
Hitorishizuka (Chloranthus japonicus)
The flowers of Hitorishizuka liven up the mountains in the late spring. Because of their pure beauty, these flowers are likened to Shizukagozen, a beloved partner of Yoshitsune Minamoto (a famous samurai warrior from the 12th century).
フクジュソウ
Pheasant's Eye (Fukujuso)
It is said that when pheasant's eye blooms, housewives return to their work in the mountains and fields after winter. It has another name in Japanese: Yomenakase [making housewives cry].
Lilium maculatum (Iwayuri)
Lilium maculatum (Iwayuri)
The orange flowers of Lilium maculatum bloom around the time when the Japanese common squid fishing season begins. These lilies can be found in the Sotokaifu area, in the northern part of Sado.
ユキワリソウ<佐渡全島>
Hepatica (Yukiwariso)
Flowers of Hepatica, or yukiwariso in Japanese, herald the coming of spring. Yukiwariso is said to be named for its appearance as it emerges from snow.
Amur daylily (Tobishima kanzo)
Amur daylily (Tobishima kanzo)
The flowers of the amur daylily bloom centrally around Onogame in early summer. Every year, the Kanzo Festival is held on the second Sunday of June.
Hydrangea at Rengebuji Temple
Hydrangea at Rengebuji Temple
Hydrangea bushes surrounding the temple come into full bloom in July. Rengebuji is also called Ajisaidera, the Temple of Hydrangeas.
Peony at Chokokuji Temple
Peony at Chokokuji Temple
Most of Sado's peonies are in full-bloom in May. Chokokuji Temple's Peony Festival is held in the middle of May.
Anemone pseudoaltaica (Kikuzaki Ichige)
Anemone pseudoaltaica (Kikuzaki Ichige)
The neat and pure flowers of anemone pseudoaltaica appear when the snow begins to melt. Anemone psudoaltaica can be found in the Osado Mountains.
Japanese Wood Poppy (Glaucidium palmatum) [Shiraneaoi]
Japanese Wood Poppy (Glaucidium palmatum) [Shiraneaoi]
The Japanese Wood Poppy can only be found in Japan. White and pale purple flowers bloom in the Osado Mountains during early spring.

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