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Trekking Along The Osado Mountain Range
The trekking course between Donden Highland Lodge and Mt. Kinpoku is one of the most popular courses on Sado Island. It is so varied that you will never get tired of walking it.
Sado`s Ancient Cedar Forests
The cedar trees have endured severe winter weather conditions with heavy snow falls and strong winds for centuries. The environment has slowed the tree`s growth rates down and forced them to grow into unique shapes – which prompted Niigata University to conduct research on that phenomenon.
Sado Seisuiji Temple
Seisuiji Temple was built in 808 based on the model of Kiyomizu-dera Temple (清水寺) in Kyoto. Both temple`s names are written with the same kanji but have different readings.
Noh on Sado
After the Meiji Restoration (1868) Noh fell into decline. Nowadays, there are not many Noh stages left, however, one third of Japan`s Noh stages are on Sado Island. This is because it is continuously practiced by ordinary people who, though they are not professionals, are passionate about the art form.
Shukunegi, being located only about 4 km southwest of Ogi Port (an important stop on the westbound route), flourished as a base for the Sengoku shipbuilding industry and has been inhabited by people engaged in occupations related to this business since around the 13th century according to historical documents.
Every year from the end of May to June, Tobishima-Kanzou (a rare type of daylily) bloom all over the place around Onogame. Within Japan, Tobishima-Kanzou can only be found in Yamagata Prefecture and on Sado Island.
Visit Sado`s Gold Mine
Sado Island has a long history of gold and silver mining that came to an end when the Aikawa mine`s resources were exhausted and it became dormant in 1989. Today, one can still visit the mine and have a look at some of the intact tunnels.