Top things to do

Historic Site in Aikawa

Sado Kinzan

You'll have to venture up a steep mountain to access this gold mine, which produced large quantities of gold and silver until its demise in 1989. Descend into the chilly depths, where you'll encounter robots that dr…
Soba in Aikawa

Isonoya

From the bus stop, walk north for 200m, turn right in front of the police station and, where the road bends, look for the blue noren curtain to discover this popular soba shop that does a delicious tempura set.
Cafe in Aikawa

Kyōmachi Chaya

Grab a slice of fluffy chiffon cake and an iced coffee at this cafe and gallery in a restored merchant's house. The views and sea breezes from inside or the small plaza outside are magnificent.
Museum in Aikawa

Sado Hanga-mura Museum

Lovers of Japanese art will appreciate this rambling gallery where local artists display hanga woodblock prints depicting country life in Sado. Workshops (in Japanese) are available.
Yakitori in Aikawa

Kimpuku

Kimpuku operates on a simple premise: few seats, fast service, hot grill, quality meat, succulent sauces. Sado islanders often clock in here when passing through Aikawa.