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…
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.
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

Kokubun-ji

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

Sado Former Magistrate's Office

Formerly the centre of island government under the Tokugawa shogunate (in the Edo period), these beautifully reconstructed buildings and grounds look the part.
Museum in Mano & Sawata

Sado Museum of History & Tradition

Tireless robots and holograms illustrate Sado's history and festivals.
Buddhist Temple in Mano & Sawata

Myōsen-ji

This Buddhist temple exhibits a five-storey pagoda.