The Beautiful Nature of Sado Island

Sadoshima is full of beautiful nature ranging from hiking trails along barren coastlines to perfect sandy beaches as well as steep mountains to traverse. If you’re a fan of outdoor activities, this island has a lot to offer.

The Beautiful Nature of Sado Island

The geography of Sado means that the island offers many different kinds of landscapes and scenery. Two mountain ranges run in parallel across the island – The bigger Osado range in the north and the smaller Kosado on the southern part of the island. Between those lies the Kuninaka plains, primarily agricultural lowland that stretches from coast to coast.

The population of the island is primarily centered around the islands central parts as well as along the southern coast. The northern half of the island is sparsely populated, but where you will find the island’s most impressive natural features.

The Beautiful Nature of Sado Island

The coastline of the northern half of the islands is made up of countless interesting rock formations, including the iconic Onogame and Futatsugame cliffs near the northernmost tip of the island.

The Beautiful Nature of Sado Island

A hiking trail connects the two, and between them you will find the somewhat eerie cave called Sai-no-Kawara, where countless jizo statues are placed with the purpose of giving peace to the soul of deceased children. The hiking trail is four kilometers in length, and well worth experiencing as it connects some the most beautiful spots of the islands with each other.

The Beautiful Nature of Sado Island

Further south on the western coast is where the dramatic Senkakuwan is located. This is a series of bays that somewhat resembles a miniature version of Norwegian fjords. A part of it is a marine park, requiring an entry ticket to access. But even if you don’t enter the actual park you you will be able to get an impressive view from the 30-meter-high cliffs, overlooking the crystal blue water down below.

The Osado mountain range is another area worth exploring for any nature lover. A long hiking trail, across Mount Donden, a highland area spanning over several mountains, with the highest peaks reaching over 900 meters high. From the alpine landscape spreads the breathtaking views of Kuninaka Plain and the Kosado mountain range on the opposite side of the island.

The Beautiful Nature of Sado Island

If you are short of time, but still want to experience a bit of Sado’s mountainous landscape, we suggest that you visit the Osado Ishina Natural Cedar Forest Walk. This is a shorter trail that can be completed in around one hour, that will take you past remarkable cedar trees, some of which are said to be several hundred years old. Halfway along the trail there’s a resting point where you, if the weather permits, will get treated to a beautiful view.

Public transport on the northern half of the island is very limited. There’s one bus line that runs along the coastline, but the departures are very sparse. The Cedar Forest Walk is not serviced by public transportation at all and a rental car is highly recommended if you plan to visit this part of Sadoshima.

Facility Name
Onogame
Address
Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Negai
Phone
0259275000
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Facility Name
Futatugame
Address
Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Washizaki
Phone
0259275000
Business hours
Visit free
Regular holiday
Visit free
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Facility Name
Sainokawara
Address
Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Negai
Phone
0259233300
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Facility Name
Donden Yama
Address
Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Tsubaki 697
Phone
0259232161
Regular holiday
open everday (11 mid - mid-April vehicle unenterable)
Information Sources:
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    Onogame

    Rock (Hoodoo)
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Negai
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    Futatugame

    Rock (Hoodoo)
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Washizaki
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    Sainokawara

    Temple (Kannon/Fudo Myoo)
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Negai
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    Donden Yama

    Mountain
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Tsubaki 697
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