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Introducing Sado-ga-shima

Despite being Japan's sixth-largest island, Sado-ga-shima is relatively undeveloped and is characterised by rugged natural beauty and eccentric reminders of its rich and evocative past. There are more persimmon trees than people here, and the island's sandy coves are fronted by campgrounds instead of concrete. Crowds peak during the third week in August for the Earth Celebration, headlined by the world-famous Kodo Drummers. Outside of the summer holiday season, it's blissfully quiet.