Take a journey to isolated Sado Island and experience traditional culture and breathtaking natural landscapes. On Sado Island, home to indigenous culture characteristic of its isolation and abundant nature surrounded by mountains and ocean. The island presents an opportunity to enjoy an abundance of unique charms - its status as a geopark with both land and ocean elements. Sado Island lies an approximately two-and-a-half-hour ferry journey away from the Port of Niigata. As the ferry approaches the island, the striking 1,000-meter-odd mountain range rises up out of the water to greet visitors.
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|Explore Limitless charms of Sado Island & Niigata|
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4 Nights 5 Days
Tokyo - Sado Island - Niigata - Tokyo
4 Nights accommodation, 3 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners, JR East Pass (Nagano, Niigata area), Day by day detailed itinerary and Maps
Sado Niigata Pass (JPY5,000) Any entrance fees (temple, shrine, museum etc), Your own drink during the meals, Travel Insurance, International Air Ticket, Luggage forwarding service
Mid of April to Mid of October
|Day 1 (Meals : D)|
Tokyo - Niigata - Ryotsu Port (Sado Island)
Travel from Tokyo to Niigata by bullet train (about 2 hours).
After you purchase Sado Niigata Pass, Travel from Niigata to Sado Island by ferry (2.5 hours).
Hotel : Hotel New Katsura or similar
|Day 2 (Meals : B/D)|
Ryotsu Port - Shukunegi
Travel from Ryotsu port to Shukunegi by local bus.
Explore the fishing village of Shukunegi where offers a special type of authenticity, with its wooden houses, narrow alleys, and canals.
Hotel : Sado Hananoki or similar
|Day 3 (Meals : B/D)|
Shukunegi - Aikawa
Full-scale development of Aikawa Gold and Silver Mine began in 1601, when Sado was placed under the direct control of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Mine managers called Yamashi were brought to Sado from Iwami, Ikuno, and Kai mines, and cutting-edge techniques in surveying, mining (tunnel mining), and smelting (cupellation, sulfur cementation, salt cementation ) were introduced. These techniques led the Aikawa Gold and Silver Mine to one of the most leading mines in the production of gold in the world. Later, techniques used in Sado would spread all over the country.
Kyomachi Street is a main street that connects Aikawa's gold and silver mines with the Sado Commissioner's Office. Kyomachi Street leads up the hill from Shimokyomachi, where the time bell tower is located, through Nakakyomachi to Kamikyomachi. In the past, many residences of both mine-related workers and merchants used to stand side-by-side on this street. The street itself, studded with narrow alleyways, is a reminder of the haphazard town planning that took place during Aikawa's time of prosperity.
Enjoy your last night stay at the top of hill, with a panoramic view, in a quasi-national park.
Hotel : Hotel Azuma or similar
|Day 4 (Meals : B)|
Aikawa - Ryotsu Port - Niigata
Travel from Aikawa to Ryotsu port by local bus & take ferry to Niigata.
You can visit The Niigata Saito Villa, Niigata city History Museum, Minato Inari shrine, Furumachi shopping arcade etc.
Hotel : Hotel Mets Niigata or similar
|Day 5 (Meals : None)|
Niigata - Tokyo
Travel from Niigata to Tokyo by bullet train (about 2 hours).
Tour ends on arrival at Tokyo Station. Please head to your next destination on your own after the tour.
Hotel : N/A
C/O Kinokuniya Bookstores
The Galeries 500 George St
Sydney NSW 2000