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.