We designed itineraries that showcase some of our favorite geosites combined with popular tourist attractions.
We hope they inspire more people to experience all the charm that Sado Geopark has to offer!
How did land shaped by the forces of the sea and earthquakes influence people's lives? Walk on the Shukunegi Coast and explore the links between geology and human activity.
Sado Island’s Ogi Folk Museum is housed in the former Shukunegi Elementary School. In the adjoining exhibition hall, a large restored wooden trading ship, “Hakusanmaru,” is on display.
270-2 Shukunegi, Sado, Niigata 952-0612
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Adults: 500 JPY / Children: 200 JPY
A horizontal well is simply a horizontally-cased well dug into the slope of a mountain. The terrain of Ogi Peninsula was formed by the eruptions of a submarine volcano. Thus, the rocks were soft enough to dig a horizontal well using manual labor.
Iwayasan Cave is designated a Prefectural Cultural Property. The oldest earthenware on Sado was found within this cave, which was originally formed by wave erosion close to the shore. Later, as the island was lifted up from the seabed, the cave was moved to the height of about 70 meters, where it remains today.
The rows of houses in Shukunegi, built with beautiful roofs, are designated a National Important Preservation Area for Traditional Buildings and Architecture. This area that once flourished as the port of the wholesale shipping industry is being safeguarded for posterity. *We ask all visitors for donation to help our conservation work (100JPY). Thank you very much for your cooperation.
About 13 to 14 million years ago, the activity of underwater volcanoes was intense around Ogi Peninsula. Rocks and ashes from their eruptions accumulated and formed Shukunegi Coast. Later, the land uplifted and shaped the current terrain.
Sado Island has two distinctive mountain ranges – Osado in the north and Kosado in the south, cradling the wide open Kuninaka plain and Lake Kamo in between. There is a close relationship between the formation of the plain and the formation of Lake Kamo. By the end of this course, participants will understand how Kuninaka Plain and Lake Kamo were formed, and how generations of residents have cultivated the local specialties of Sado Island, such as rice.
The stone mill is one technology among many that resulted in the prosperity of the Sado Gold and Silver Mines. Just like gold ore, the rock used for stone mills was produced on Sado Island, and originally created by the geological activities of the earth!
Approximately 13 million years ago, large-scale volcanic activity occurred on the floor of the Japan Sea. The black lava that erupted during this time formed the land of the Ogi Peninsula. The unique landscape created by uplift and the erosion of the peninsula has been designated a national natural monument and a place of scenic beauty. Enjoy this magnificent scenic landscape. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing when walking on the coast because rocks are exposed in many places.
In this walking course, we will learn about the history of the Aikawa Gold and Silver Mines and look for stones that were used to grind ore. If you want to have something sweet, you can stop by Kisuke, a confectionery with a variety of Japanese and Western options. You can also enjoy sweets in the eat-in space. When walking on the coast, you'll find many exposed and sometimes jagged rocks, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to move in.
Lake Kamo, the largest lake in Niigata Prefecture, is a brackish lake with a mixture of fresh water and sea water. Oyster cultivation is thriving, and many oyster rafts float on the lake. The lake is home to a rich ecosystem. It is possible to get to each point by car, but we recommend going around the lake by bicycle to enjoy the beautiful scenery at your own pace.
Why not explore Ryotsu town with a Geopark guide for an hour or so before catching your ferry back to the mainland? Ryotsu Minato is a coastal town originally built on reclaimed land. During the short tour, you can enjoy a view of Mt. Kimpoku from the side of the oyster hut lined Lake Kamo, and learn about the long, narrow sand bar that separates the lake from the open sea.