Taraibune (Tub Boat)
The Taraibune, or Tub Boat, is a symbol of the Southern coastal area of Sado known as Ogi. Due to an earthquake which occurred over 200 years ago, the rocks in the coastal areas were lifted which made it inaccessible for fishing boats to enter. Due to its maneuverability, the use of Taraibune to collect shellfish and seaweed became more widespread. To this day, the Taraibune is still used as a means to collect seaweed and shellfish.
You will be able to experience riding the Taraibune and even try to maneuver one yourself.
Futatsugame, which means two turtles, derives its name from the scenery of two islets resting side-by-side. Connecting the two islets is a beach area which has been selected as one of the Top 100 Sea-Bathing Spots in Japan due to the clarity of the waters. In addition, Futatsugame has also been awarded two stars on the Michelin Green Guide.
Take a dip in the crystal clear waters or spend a relaxing day on the beach now!
Senkakuwan is a beautiful bay area which is often compared to the Hardangerfjord in Norway due to the series of steep rocks lining the bay. The surrounding area is a marine park and you will be able to learn more about the marine sea life at the mini aquarium at Ageshima Yuen. Also, you will be able to take a leisure cruise to enjoy the view of the cliffs from different angles and even peer into the ocean through the glass-bottom boat.
A quintessentially Sado performing art, Onidaiko is performed to pray for the safety of families and for a bountiful harvest. Spring is Onidaiko season and it is easy to locate a group; just follow the sound of the drums! There are over 120 different groups on Sado and each have their own unique arrangement. The groups will go from door-to-door within their village and perform. This is usually a whole day affair which begins as early as 5 in the morning at end at 11 in the evening.
Recommended for JR EAST PASS Holders!
A direct Shinkansen ride from Tokyo to Niigata, with the SADO-NIIGATA Pass, explore the Niigata City-Sado Island area to your heart’s content.
Recommended for JR-WEST RAIL PASS and Hokuriku Arch Pass Holders!
Easy access from Kyoto/Osaka/anywhere within Kansai Area, or a direct Shinkansen ride from Kanazawa to Joetsumyoko, with the SADO-JOETSU Pass, travel like a local and explore the Joetsu-Sado Island area.
*This will not be on sale during Winter(Mid-November till End-of-February) as the ferry is out-of-operation during this period. Sales will start from March.