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!
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.
Visitors can enjoy a view of the landscapes of the Ryotsu Area from the observation deck on the top floor of the terminal. First, take the elevator to the top floor, then climb the stairs to the observation deck.
Bicycles are available for rent at the Tourist Information Center.
Lake Kamo is a brackish lake with a mixture of fresh water and sea water. Oyster farming, made possible by the salt in the water, is very popular. Many oyster rafts float on the lake in farming season.
Kizaki Shrine is located on a small cape jutting out into Lake Kamo. The lakeshore beside the shrine is home to many interesting creatures such as clams, oysters, and other shallow-water shellfish, crabs and cockles. Wild birds and waterfowl can also be seen in the vicinity.
The Japanese crested Ibis is the bird of Sado City and Niigata Prefecture, and is also an internationally protected bird. This bird once became extinct in Japan, but by breeding and then releasing birds in their natural environment, more than 400 Japanese crested ibis have returned to the wild and now can be seen flying in the sky over Sado Island. At Tokinomori Park, visitors can see the Japanese crested ibis up close, learn about how the birds are bred, and also visit exhibits in the museum.
When entering the park, a donation is requested for environmental conservation expenses: High school students and older: 400 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 100yen
This Noh stage is the only privately owned stage among the approximately 30 Noh stages found on Sado Island.
Jars are buried in the ground beneath the stage to enhance the acoustic effect of the sound during a performance.
A Noh performance is held here on the last Sunday of July every year.
Standing on a hill at the back of the shrine, visitors will have a wonderful view of Lake Kamo and also the 1172-meter-high Mt. Kimpoku. Firelit Noh plays are held several times a year on the Noh stage of the shrine.
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.
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.
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.