What to Do on Sado Island

Sado Island has a lot to offer all throughout the year. Here are a few things to do that we think no visitor to this island should miss.

  • Eat Nishime

    Eat Nishime

    Eat Nishime

    Each region of Japan has its own soul food. On Sado, this is nishime, a dish that looks similar to oden to the untrained eye. Just like oden, nishime consists of various ingredients that is cooked in a hot pot style manner. Typical ingredients are egg, carrot, daikon (Japanese horseradish), bamboo shoots, tofu, and slices of konjac starch. Sometimes the dish is decorated with bonito flakes. Simple, yet very delicious!

  • Go to the beach

    Go to the beach

    Go to the beach

    Sado Island has countless beaches stretching along most of the long coastline. Some are covered in white sand, while others are of the rocky nature. One of the most popular sandy beaches is Sawata Beach, located in the center of one of the island, with both restaurants and many different shops within walking distance. For the longest beach, head to Sobama Beach, four kilometers of perfect sand, crystal clear water and shallow waters. Please note, however, that the official swimming season only last for a little over a month, beginning on July 15th and ending on August 20th.

  • Ride a Tub Boat

    Ride a Tub Boat

    Ride a Tub Boat

    “Tarai-bune”, or tub boat is a small and simple vessel that is typically used to collect seaweed and shellfish from the shallow waters along the coast. These boats have become something of a symbol of Sado Island, particularly for the towns of Ogi and Shukunegi on the southern coast. Several companies arrange short rides that last for about 10 minutes and will set you back less than 500 yen.

  • Visit a festival

    Visit a festival

    Visit a festival

    There are a myriad of smaller local festivals taking place on Sado Island, particularly in August. The biggest one is the Ogi Minato Matsuri, when a large portion of the Sado population gathers in this southern town. The festival concludes with a large fireworks show and a quirky dance event that combines traditional Japanese dance with Brazilian samba rhymes, performed live. Your best bet to find the festivals is by inquiring the Ryotsu Tourist Information Office, that provides excellent service and has some English-speaking staff as well.

  • Learn more about the shipbuilding history

    Learn more about the shipbuilding history

    Learn more about the shipbuilding history

    Sado has a long tradition of building wooden ships ranging in scope from the small tarai-bune to larger wooden freight ships. If you are interested in the history of Sado Island in general, and shipbuilding, we highly recommend that you pay a visit to the Ogi Folk Museum, where a replica of an Edo era freight ship is on display. Visitors are even allowed to climb inside to get a feeling for what life was like on one of these old vessels.

    佐渡島
    Address
    新潟県佐渡市
    Phone
    Sawada Beach
    Address
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Kawaharadahonmachi
    Phone
    0259275000
    Sobamakaisuiyokujo
    Address
    Niigata Pref. Sado City Kobie
    Phone
    0259863111
    Shukunegi
    Address
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi
    Phone
    0259863200
  • Sado kankokyokai minami Sado Shibu
    Address
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Ogimachi 1935-26
    Phone
    0259863200
    Sado Island’s Ogi Folk Museum, Sengokubune Exhibition Hall
    Address
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi 270-2
    Phone
    0259862604
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