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  • Sado Island’s Ogi Folk Museum, Sengokubune Exhibition Hall
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi 270-2
    This museum is located in a wooden schoolhouse built in 1920 that has been preserved as-is. Inside the building which still bears the vestiges of its days as a schoolhouse are displays for a collection of over 30,000 folk materials that have been designated as important tangible folk-cultural properties, including tools and equipment for shipbuilders. During the Hakusan Maru Matsuri festival held every summer, the Hakusan Maru, Japan’s first fully-restored sengokubune (wooden freight ship) that is on display in the museum, is pulled out under human power and an impressive large white sail that is 155 tatami mats in size is raised.

    A nice little museum that features a large wooden commercial vessel from the past. The museum rooms are a bit cluttered but have a great folk feel to them -- a lot of farm and marine implements...

  • Sado Island Taiko Centre
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    5.0
    9 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Ogikanetashinden 150-3
    This is a taiko facility where guests can experience a program of the international taiko performance group Kodo, which is based on Sado. Not only are groups welcome but individuals can also make advance reservations to try taiko. The facility has been constructed from Sado lumber, and one can enjoy views of Mano Bay and the Osado Mountain Range from the terrace. This is about one hour by car from Ryotsu Port.

    We toured around the Island of Sado for a 4 day trip when I came across the Taiko centre following some research of what not to miss on the island. They offer 3 sessions of taiko workshops daily on...

  • Shiseki Sado Kinzan
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    4.0
    243 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shimoaikawa 1305
    As Japan’s largest gold mine this was under the Tokugawa shogunate’s direct control and was engaged in the production of koban (small former Japanese oval gold coins). Operations ceased in 1989 due to an exhaustion of its resources, which brought to a close 400 years of history. The mining and refining facilities on the grounds have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties. Currently visitors can see exhibits of model exhibits of the Sado Kinzan during the Edo period based on drawings from Sado Kinzan Emaki (picture scrolls) as well as the remains of actual tunnels that were used.

    This was well worth the stop. Lifesize animated characters that look like real people inside the gold mine working the tunnels. Don't skip the museum as you exit the mine as it's also very...

  • Sado Hangamura Art Museum
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Aikawakomeyamachi 38-2
    This is a private art museum on Kyomachi-dori Street that richly preserves Sado Kinzan’s history. The elegant building with its red-tiled roof occupies the old Aikawa Court House. Works by the late woodblock print artist and founder of Hangamura Shinichi Takahashi as well as by Hangamura artists are displayed. Visitors would do well to note that the museum is closed from December to February.

    佐渡奉行所の向かいにあります。車の方は奉行所の駐車場に停めるとよいでしょう。入館は有料ですが、巨大な版画や鬼太鼓の版画など、なかなか迫力がありました。建物自体、文化財にもなっている明治時代の建物で見ごたえがあります。版画というのも佐渡らしくてよいのではないでしょうか。

  • Sado Bugyosho (Magistrate's Office)
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Aikawahiromamachi 1-1
    The remains of the Sado Magistrate Office, built in 1603 in the early Edo period. The magistrate office was built for the purpose of managing the Sado Kinzan gold mines. It was repeatedly destroyed by fire and rebuilt. During the Meiji period, it was used as a government office and school, but in 1942 was once again destroyed by fire. It was designated again as a National Historic Site in 1994, and was restored in part in 2000.

    As it is just 5' by bus/car or 20' walk down from the gold mine, it is a good stop to visit this old and well restored governor place. Interesting and nice building. You can also see how gold was...

  • Senkaku Bay Ageshima Park
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Kitaebisu 1561
    This is a sightseeing attraction located in the Senkaku Bay quasi-national park which is renowned for its beautiful coastline and is designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty. One can see an unbroken view of magnificent Senkaku Bay at the Yusenkyo suspension bridge that was used as a location in a film and also the observatory just after crossing the bridge. From around mid-March to the end of November visitors can ride a glass-bottomed boat that tours around Senkaku Bay to appreciate the beauty of the bay and the ocean up close.
  • Ogishiroyama Park
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Ogimachi
    This park is on a former castle hill. The grounds within its old ramparts and foundation have a variety of trees and flowers and locals often come here to relax. About 3,000 camellia bloom from winter to spring, when 500 cherry trees, satsuki azaleas, and other trees and shrubs flower. In summer the park hosts the Earth Celebration, Sado's biggest event, with three days of concerts, markets, workshops, experience programs, and more.
  • Sado Nishimikawa Gold Park
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Nishimikawa 835-1
    A hands-on museum built on the site of the former Nishimikawa Gold Mine in Sado City, Niigata Prefecture. Mentioned in the Konjaku monogatarishu, a collection of stories dated to the end of the Heian period, this ancient and historic mine even helped fund the war efforts of Uesugi Kenshin, a historic figure. The museum presents a variety of materials relating to gold and gold mining in its exhibition rooms and theater. There’s also a museum shop. The museum lets visitors try panning for gold and participants can take home the gold dust they find stored in a keychain or pendant.

    Must try the gold panning. It was something on our bucket list. The staff were very helpful. We will definitely visit again

  • Sabo Yamashita
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi 442
    A café situated inside a shed which belonged to an old shipowner’s home in Shukunegi, Sado City, Niigata Prefecture. The old-fashioned interior draws the eye with its old furnishings and black beams and pillars. The red tables, made from an old tarai-bune boat used in the area, are sure to make an impression. The café’s lunchtime pasta is made with chewy fresh noodles. The café also offers a popular homemade dessert menu, including cakes and zenzai sweet bean soup with shiratama rice flour dumplings.

    Based on a recommendation by our tour guide, Fujiko-san, we had lunch at this charming restaurant situated next to the Edo Period Fishing Village of Shukunegi. The restaurant was very busy that day...

  • Nanaura Beach
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi
    Nanaura Beach is a rugged rocky coastline stretching for about 10 kilometers from Futami to Kabuse in Sado City, Niigata Prefecture. The contrast between the sunset-lit ocean and the black shadows of the rocks is beautiful and it is no surprise that it has been chosen for the 100 Best Sunsets in Japan. Among these, the scenery of the setting sun at Cape Nagate in Tachibana and that at Kasugazaki are simply sublime. The two large rocks called meoto-iwa (husband-and-wife rocks), which according to the Kojiki (the oldest extant chronicle in Japan) is where the nation came into being, is also a must-see.
  • Rikiya Kanko Kisen
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Ogimachi 1935 Ogi Marine Terminal
    This marine activity facility, located at Ogi Port in Ogi Town, Sado City, Niigata Prefecture, lets visitors experience “taraibune (tub-boat)” riding and sightseeing aboard high-speed ferries and motor boats. The “taraibune” vessels have been used by women to gather turban shells and seaweed and are one of Sado’s chief attractions. They are helmed by lady skippers to provide a fun and safe ride. The high-speed sightseeing course provides views of the mountain range of the Ogi Peninsula, the Nansenkyo, and more. The popular motorboats also provide access to inlets and caves that cannot be accessed by sightseeing vessels.
  • Restaurant & Bar Kosado
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Manoshinmachi 275-2
    This famous western-style restaurant is located in Manoshin Town, Sado City, Niigata Prefecture. Customers can enjoy the rare Japanese Black “Sado Beef,” which are raised on natural grass. A single bite of the restaurant’s specialty Sado Beef sirloin steak and the meat simply melt on your tongue, with the sweetness of the fat spreading through your mouth. The restaurant also serves items such as the popular Awabi Steak and pork cutlets on its menu, which has been passed down from the previous generation. There are also over 200 different types of alcohol, and the restaurant doubles as a bar in the evenings.

    Tucked in a side street in sleepy Mano, this restaurant has a very broad menu of selections, along with some lunchtime specials. They have English menus, which were hard to get in rural Sado Island...

  • Ono-kame
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Negai
    This is a megalithic 167 meter high monolith in Negai, Sado City, Niigata Prefecture, which looks like a small mountain protruding into the sea. From the side it looks like the shape of a tortoise, and is a scenic spot which has earned two stars in the “Michelin Green Guide Japon.” Visitors can climb up onto the top of the rock on foot and it has a great viewpoint of the sea and landscape. The surrounding area is the habitat of Tobishima Kanzo Lilies, and from the end of May to early June about 500 thousand flowers bloom. The “Sado Kanzo Lily Festival” is held on the second Sunday in June.
  • Ajisai
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Nagaki 673
    This restaurant is located in Nagaki, Sado City, Niigata Prefecture. It serves a variety of authentic dishes, including both Japanese and western cuisine. The menu is filled with a variety of dishes, such as sushi, set meals, rice bowls, kama meshi, steak and sashimi, and in the winter, the restaurant also serves hot pot meals. Among these dishes, local gourmet “Sado Tennen Burikatsu Donburi” and the “Ajidon,” which uses seven types of sashimi and the local Koshihikari rice, served in a kama meshi bowl, are very popular. The interior of the restaurant is spacious and bright, with a view of the peaceful rural landscape visible through the windows. Take-away can also be ordered for the homemade gelato.
  • Un Grand Pas
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Nakahara 598-1
    This restaurant in Nakahara, Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture is located in a stylish building with gray outer walls. It is a restaurant where guests can casually taste French cuisine made lavishly with ingredients from Sado Island, believing in local production for local consumption. The home-made sauce makes the main dishes of roasted seasonal seafood delicious. In the evening there are set menus focusing on course meals, and the casual lunch pasta is also popular

    Very cozy french restaurant in an unlikely location. Prices are very reasonable and the food is freshly and simply made. We only had lunch, so didnt partake of the wine list, but it seemed good...

  • Iwaya Cave
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi
    Iwaya Cave in Shukunegi, Sado City is a sea cave. Buddha statues called magaibutsu are carved into the rock face in the cave, and some of the works are believed to have been done by Kobo Daishi. 88 Buddha statues imitating the 88 Shikoku holy places and a Kannon temple has also been built. Some worshippers carry out nemari henro (sitting pilgrimage) chanting Buddhist prayers while secluding themselves in the cave, so it is respected as a holy place.
  • Sushi Chozaburo
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Nibo 81-4
    Sushi Chozaburo located on Prefectural Route 81 in Niibo, Sado City is a sushi restaurant. It offers sushi using seafood from the Japan Sea, set meals, and rice bowls as well as ramen noodles. A new local Sado gourmet dish, Sado Tennen Buri Katsudon for which natural Japanese amberjack from Sado is coated with local rice flour and marinated in soy based sauce using stock from flying fish and topped on Sado rice is also served in season.

    Originally I planned to go to a soba restaurant but somehow got the wrong phone number so made the reservation with this sushi restaurant instead. We only knew upon arriving and decided to just try...

  • Sado Museum
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Yahata 2041
    The Sado Museum is located on National Route 350 in the Yahata district of Sado City (on Sado Island). There are displays about the development of the gold and silver mine on Sado Island, as well as a “Nature, Archeology, History and Folk Traditions Display Gallery,” an “Arts and Handicrafts Display Gallery,” etc., enabling visitors to get a comprehensive overview of Sado Island’s culture (including its Noh drama tradition), its history, and its natural wonders, etc. Also well worth seeing are the display of sketches by Bakusen Tsuchida (a painter in the Nihonga style who was born on Sado Island), and the rock garden and the former Asashima family residence, a traditional thatch-roofed house, that are located in the Museum grounds.

    周辺に史跡が多いので、史跡めぐりの最初か終わりに訪れるのがよいでしょう。芸能や金銀山など佐渡らしい展示はもちろん、美術工芸の展示もあります。庭園は岩石園と古民家園になっていて、外だけでもそれなりに見ごたえがあります。駐車場完備。

  • Futatsugame Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Washizaki 1116-2
    Futatsugame Beach is located in the Washizaki district of Sado City, on Sado Island. The twin islands of Oki-no-shima and Iso-no-shima resemble a pair of turtles squatting in the sea, hence the name “Futatsugame”. The incredible clarity of the water makes this a great place for sea-bathing or just to enjoy the view. Futatsugame has been awarded Two Starts in the Michelin Green Guide (Japan). Futatsugame Beach is conveniently located, with hotels and campsites nearby.
  • Tsukamoto Koujiya
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Ryoutsuminato 303
    Just an eight-minute walk from Sado Ryotsu Port. To make their own miso farmers began producing koji (malted rice) and this koji producing shop has continued on for 11 generations. The koji is still made using the same techniques without alcohol or other additives. It is prepared over three days and nights being mixed by hand and then allowed to ferment for one year in cold storage. The miso when mixed with local Sado produce in dishes such as green onion miso is popular when served with rice and sake. Butterbur miso and other seasonal limited time variants area also available for purchase.

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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