Sado-ga-shima attractions

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 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…
Buddhist Temple in Ryōtsu

Konpon-ji

This rustic wooden temple, with its thatched roof and pleasant gardens, is where the Buddhist monk Nichiren was first brought when exiled to Sado in 1271. Any bus on the Minami line from Ryōtsu can drop you off at t…
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.
Museum in Aikawa

Sado Hanga-mura Museum

Art lovers shouldn't miss this rambling gallery where local artists display vibrant hanga (woodblock prints) depicting country life in Sado.
Buddhist Temple in Mano & Sawata

Kokubun-ji

Sado-ga-shima's oldest temple (dating from AD 741); although sadly neglected, it's still beautiful.
Buddhist Temple in Mano & Sawata

Myōsen-ji

This Buddhist temple is home to a five-storey pagoda.
Museum in Mano & Sawata

Sado Museum of History & Tradition

Tireless robots and holograms illustrate Sado's history and festivals.