Arts Centre in Echigo-Yuzawa Onsen

Echigo-Tsumari Art Field

In 2000 this open-air gallery was conceived as a way to bring people back to this rapidly depopulating, though enchantingly beautiful rural area of green fields and historical wooden farmhouses. Spread out over 770 …
Viewpoint in Niigata

Nippō Media Ship Sora-no-hiroba

Come to the 20th floor of this skyscraper for amazing 360-degree views over the Sea of Japan, Niigata city and the distant mountains.
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…
Museum in Echigo-Yuzawa Onsen

Yuzawa Town History Museum

This wonderful little museum displays memorabilia from the life of Kawabata Yasunari, the first Japanese recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in addition to interesting displays about life in snow country th…
Museum in Ogi & Shukunegi

Ogi Folk Museum

Come to this former 1920s schoolhouse, saved from demolition to take up a new life as a folk museum, to gawk at all manner of Sado's cultural artefacts (more than 30,000 items) and a life-size replica of a 19th-cent…
Historic Building in Niigata

Saito Family Summer Villa

Almost a century after its construction as an indulgent private summer house, this luscious example of turn-of-the-century Japanese architecture and design also features a beautiful garden with huge Edo-period pines…
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.
Park in Niigata


Built in 1873 as Japan's first citizen's park, Hakusan-kōen remains a lovely place for a stroll among beautiful, manicured gardens. There's a pond full of koi, a bridge and a shrine.
Tomb in Mano & Sawata

Mano Go-ryō

Pine and cherry trees mark the entrance to this cremation mound, which honours Emperor Juntoku who was forced into exile on Sado in the early 13th century.
Buddhist Temple in Mano & Sawata


Sado-ga-shima's oldest temple (dating from AD 741); although sadly neglected, it's still beautiful.