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Visit Sado, ablaze with colour for autumn pleasures.

Visit Sado, ablaze with colour for autumn pleasures.

Enjoy autumn foliage, Sado style: driving, hiking and events!

If you are planning a trip in autumn, you cannot forget about autumn foliage. Sado offers a variety of ways you can enjoy the beauty of autumn leaves.

Osado Skyline, passing through mountains of over 1,000 metres, is a popular driving route for taking in displays of colour. Along about a 30-kilometer route, Japanese rowan trees and maples colour up beautifully, and you can enjoy a panorama of the island from the viewing deck at the Exchange Centre Hakuundai (closed for winter from mid-November).

Walkers must visit Mt. Donden, a famous spot for wild plants, to admire the autumn colour. The surrounding areas, around Donden Sanso Lodge and the Donden Highlands, are perfect for viewing autumn glories. A walk while collecting beautifully coloured fallen leaves would be fun!

The best time to enjoy the blaze of colours depends on the year, but is usually around mid-October in the areas close to the summit, and from late October to early November on the sides and skirt.

One of the top spots to view autumn leaves is Momijiyama Park, where you can take in the blazing leaf displays across Mt. Ogamiyama and Mt. Megamiyama. The park has been selected as one of the best 100 things that Sado has to offer. There are many spots to view the glow of red and golden yellow such as Kagamiike Pond and a viewing deck within the park, which is maintained by local volunteers. Momijiyama Festival is held annually on the last Sunday in October, featuring enjoyable events such as an Okesa Persimmon peeling contest and matsutake mashroom hunting in the autumnal forest.

There are, also, many temples and shrines where you can witness stunning autumnal colours, namely Myosenji Temple, Seisuiji Temple, and Keikuji Temple, among others.

  • Osado Skyline with a dramatic backdrop of autumn colour

  • Momijiyama Park is Sado's one of the top spots to witness leaves in their autumn glory.

Related spots can be found below.

紅葉だけじゃない 佐渡の秋の美





  • 秋空に鬼太鼓の音が響きわたります

  • 刈田は朱鷺を見つけやすいポイントです