Top things to do

Cultural in Sado-ga-shima

Earth Celebration

One of Sado's biggest drawcards is this three-day music, dance and arts festival, held during the third week in August. The event features okesa (folk dances), onidaiko (demon drum dances) and tsuburosashi (a phalli…
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…
Seafood in Ogi & Shukunegi

Uohara

The speciality here is awabi (abalone), grilled as a steak (at market rate) or, more affordably, barbecued with a sweet soy-sauce marinade and served over rice. Follow the shop-lined road snaking up the hill behind …
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…
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.
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.
Soba in Ogi & Shukunegi

Shichiemon

This long-established eatery serves slightly flatter-than-usual teuchi (handmade) soba (buckwheat noodles) in all your favourite ways.