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Sado Island: The magic of winter - Day 3


by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Ro M.

Last updated : Mar 03, 20214 min read

Things To Do

This morning was really cold. We woke up and had breakfast at the Ryoukan.

Again, a big breakfast with a variety of fishes, and a lot of typical vegetables from the Island. We met the Chef who made the delicious meals during our stay. He and his wife were very nice and warm people. They grow the kaki they served at breakfast and some other spices.

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1.- Sotokaifu Road

In our way to the south of the Island, we took the road of Sotokaifu which has an unique and gorgeous view of the sea and the rocks laying perfectly by the nature. It is impossible not to have great pictures with that scene. We stoped at the fall which faces and also ends in the ocean, again with the nature offering us something to create beautiful memories of our trip. Next to the fall, there is a big wall of stone, and if you stand close to it looking at the sea, you can listen the ocean from your back!! It is an amazing experience!!!!! The rock makes the sound of the sea rebounds on it and the final effect is awesome! Even if the waves are small, you can clearly listen to them. This is definitely a “must go" spot in the island. Also, close to the fall and the big rock, there are 2 caves which it is said that it is connected to the other side of the island.


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2.- Shukunegi


After our amazing experience through Sotokaifu, we arrived to Shukunegi. Shukunegi is a small city near the port and it used to be a city of the shipping industry. It is famous because of its well preserved houses made from wood and its small street that looks like a labyrinth which ends in an old school that it is used for traditional performances of the Island as Kodo. Walking just a few more meters, we will find 2 small temples that were built more than 400 years ago. The quietness of the place and the architecture of the houses make you feel like you traveled through time. There are only 2 houses that are opened to the public, so if you are interested in knowing how was back in that period, you have the chance to do it! Very close to Shukunegi, you will find a big statue of Shiawase Jizo,the Bodhisattva of Happiness. It is a very famous statue in the island. Most of the people get curious about it besides the statue, because of the perfect round and big bee nest that the statue has under its right arm. There was also people who offered a lot of money to have it for its unique perfect shape.

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3.- Cafe Shima Fumi

Today our trip wasn´t that busy, so we decided to relax a little bit and enjoy the peacefulness that is one of the main attractions of Sado. We went to Cafe Shima Fumi, which is in front of the ocean, to enjoy the view while drinking Cafe Latte with one of the most delicious cheese cakes I ever tasted!!!!

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Today we moved to Yahatakan Hotel. It is an incredible place that it is also an Onsen. Very comfortable, warm (which is very important at this time of the year), it has a gift shop opened until late and the rooms are immense with all the facilities you will need. One of the facilities that you can find is a restaurant, so today we had dinner there. It is the Okesa Yokocho attended by a super helpful woman who tried to make us feel comfortable all the time. We ordered ramen, fried chicken and yakiniku. Everything was delicious! The place is very nice decorated in wood and red color and the entrance has two typical Japanese lanterns. We had a very nice meal. Another helpful facility is the laundry room that I am using right now while writing today´s experience... Mmmm...actually it is already time to pick up my clothes, so I will leave you for today... Good night!!!

Sado Tour Guide - Keiichi S.

Keiichi S.

5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)

Hello! I'm Keiichi . Call me Kei. I am an apple and pear farmer .I have approximately 900 apple trees.I grow 10 kinds of apples and 4 kinds of pears with my wife. Besides my business,I like learning English and Taichi practice. last year,I got a tour guide licence which is valid in Sado. Sado is a fascinating and picturesque island with scenic spots ,historical places and relics,traditional performing arts,delicious dishes and so on. I'm sure you will be satisfied with hospitality of Sado islanders. I strongly recommend you to visit Sado.I'm ready to help you enjoy youself. if you have any questions about Sado,contact me. one more fantastic information, during fruits season(from September to early November),you can taste my apples and pears .                                                                                                                                  

Niigata Tour Guide - Mutsuko W.

Mutsuko W.

5.00 / 5
(3 reviews)

Yokoso! Welcome! Hi, I'm Mutsuko, a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. A true Niigatite, I was born and raised in Niigata City with roots dating back generations. I would be pleased to show you another side of Japan in my beautiful and unique prefecture. The Warm Hospitality: Niigata Prefecture is located on the west coast of the Japanese Archipelago, facing the Sea of Japan and provides a true insider look into the Japanese spirit. Only two hours away from Tokyo by Shinkansen, it has been perfecting the art of casual hospitality through centuries as a culinary hotspot and nature getaway for the those escaping the rat-race. History at your own Pace: Appreciate history and culture at your own pace in Niigata. Yahiko, National Shrine has been soothing souls, and inspiring locals, poets, and travellers for over 2500 years. Historically significant buildings greet seafarers at Niigata Port and the old town area, Furumachi. Cross the symbolic Bandai Bridge to the other side of the Shinano River where we can move from the ancient to the modern in the Bandai area to shop and gather with young and old for entertainment such as movies, music, manga, and anime. Over the Sea, Over the Mountain, Over the Fields: Nature is good to Niigata Prefecture, giving us four clear-cut seasons. People from all over the country, and travellers wanting to experience Japan with the Japanese join us to soak in the sun on our beaches, relax at spa resorts, challenge themselves on world class ski hills, and dance together at festivals that draw world class performers. Travel with Me: With direct trains to and from Tokyo and an international airport, Niigata is just a stone's throw away to have a unique taste of Japan. Whether you're planning a day trip or a longer stay, I invite you to visit Niigata City and other parts of the prefecture, and while here, it would be my pleasure to help you create unique memories during your stay.                                                                                                                                  

Niigata Tour Guide - Fujiko M.

Fujiko M.

4.97 / 5
(30 reviews)

Hello! My name is Fujiko Maeda. I'm a national-licensed tour guide. I was born in Sado Island, off the coast of Niigata Prefecture. I once worked in tourism industry for about 10 years when I lived in Tokyo. Now I'm a persimmon farmer but when time permits I'm happy to guide you here in Sado mainly but also other places, too. We have a lot to offer like beautiful nature, historical sites, local specialties, traditional performing arts, festivals, islanders smiles and so on. If you'd like to know real Japanese lifestyle, please visit Sado. I'm sure you'll be satisfied. Let's explore Sado or other wonderful and beautiful places with me! Also, if you have any questions about Sado or Japan as a whole, please don't hesitate to email me.                                                                                                                                  

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