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.

Facility Name
Sawada Beach
Address
Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Kawaharadahonmachi
Phone
0259275000
Business hours
Mid-July - late August
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Shukunegi
Address
Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi
Phone
0259863852
Business hours
Visit free (SeiKuro home-Kanekoya-Sankakuka is 9-16 days, summer -17, Hakusan Maru Exhibition Hall 8:30-17)
Regular holiday
Visit free (SeiKuro home-Kanekoya-Sankakuka is Dec. - Mar., open everday during the publication period, Sankakuka Saturday, Sunday, holidays, summer July 25 - 8 the public until the end of the month)
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Sado Sado Tourism Association south branch
Address
Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Ogimachi 1935-26
Phone
0259863200
Information Sources:
NTT DIRECTORY SERVICES
Facility Name
Sado Island’s Ogi Folk Museum, Sengokubune Exhibition Hall
Address
Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi 270-2
Phone
0259862604
Opening Hours
8:30-17:00
Closed
Dec.-Feb., Monday, 12/29-1/3
Fees
[Admission fee] 500 yen, small/Junior High School Students 200 yen
Parking Lot
Available (10 spaces)
Credit Card
No
Introduction
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.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Sobamakaisuiyokujo

    Sea shore/Beach
    Niigata Pref. Sado City Kobie
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    Sado Sado Tourism Association south branch

    Tourist office
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Ogimachi 1935-26
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    Shukunegi

    Street
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi
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    Sawada Beach

    Beach
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Kawaharadahonmachi
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    Sado Island’s Ogi Folk Museum, Sengokubune Exhibition Hall

    Museum/Science museum
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Shukunegi 270-2
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