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Sado Island 
# 105   of 179 destinations
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Sado Island (n, Sadogashima) lies off the coast of Niigata Prefecture, and is one of Japan's largest islands.

Due to its remote location, the island served as a destination for political exiles. The three most prominent figures sent into exile to Sado were the former Emperor Juntoku, the Buddhist monk Nichiren and the founder of Noh, Zeami Motokiyo. While the island is no longer a place of exile, traces of the culture and religion that these forced residents brought with them remain today.

Sado's biggest attraction is the Earth Celebration, an annual music festival hosted by Sado's own, world renowned Kodo taiko group. The island is also home to the endangered Toki or Japanese Ibis, extinct in the wild but reintroduced to the island thanks to a successful breeding program.

Attractions
Sightseeing Spots
 1  Sado Gold Mine
Former gold mines, open to the public.
User rating: 88/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 70 users
 2  Senkaku Bay
Scenic bay along the northern coast.
User rating: 83/100 (15 votes)
Visited by: 45 users
 3  Sado History Museum
About the history and legends of Sado.
User rating: 80/100 (9 votes)
Visited by: 32 users
 4  Ogi Town
Small town in southern Sado.
User rating: 70/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 50 users
 5  Sado Bugyosho
Reconstructed former government building.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 27 users
 6  Osado Skyline
Mountain road with scenic views.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 21 users
Events
 1  Earth Celebration
Music festival by the Kodo taiko group.
User rating: 97/100 (13 votes)
Visited by: 31 users
  

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User Rating (by 69 users):
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108.  Takachiho   176
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English Links
Sado Tourism Association
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Sado City
Official website.
Sado Tourism Association
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