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!
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!
Meet at Information Center Kirarium Sado’s parking area. We will start the course by exploring this guidance facility for the Sado Gold and Silver Mines.
Millstones, once used in the Sado Gold and Silver mines, are embedded in this shrine’s stone wall – like a piece of art! Let’s learn more about the relationship between the indispensable millstone and the gold and silver mines.
This huge vein is approximately 2 km long, 6m wide, and 500m deep. Ores extracted from this vein were later ground by stone mill to extract gold and silver.
The Sado Magistrate’s Office was established by the Tokugawa Shogunate to directly administer Sado Island. This exhibition teaches how the millstones, just like the ones we saw in the stone wall of Daijingu, were used in the processing of gold and silver ores.
Visiting the Sado Magistrate’s Office is optional, and an additional entrance fee is required. The guided tour takes about 3 hours.
To add on this option, please indicate your interest in the “Remarks” section of the application form.
Hiroma-machi 1-1, Aikawa, Sado-city, Niigata, 952-1531
Adults/500 yen, Elementary/Junior high school students/200 yen, Group discounts available for groups of 15 or more
Let’s think about the characteristics suitable for making stone mills while observing stones on the coast!
This coast is a nationally designated scenic spot, so we ask that visitors refrain from bringing stones home. Any stones picked up for observation should be returned to their original location.
This course introduces visitors to the significance of stone mills that were used in the processing of ores. Generations of mining activities were made possible thanks to the discovery of ores and millstones, both of which originated during the geological formation of Sado Island.
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.
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.
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.