Since 2004, the city of Sado comprises the entire Sado Island, although not the whole area of the island is urbanized. The island covers a total area of approx 855,26 km2 (330,22 ml2) and has a population of around 65,000 people.
Sado is Japan's 6th largest island - after the country's four main islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, Kyushu) and Okinawa. The island belongs to the Niigata Prefecture (Chubu region). Its rich history and calm rural atmosphere make Sado Island one of the best tourist destinations found in Niigata Prefecture. The island features several historical ruins and temples, and offers possibilities for a variety of outdoor activitiesand fresh local food.
Sado Island is popular as the major breeding area for Japanese crested ibis. The last Japan-born Japanese crested ibis died in captivity on the island in 2003. Currently, birds from China are bred in a captive program in Niibo area's facility, and since 2008 have been released.
Sado Island boasts a variety of sights to offer, including:
- Myosen-ji: a temple with a 5-storied pagoda located several kilometers east of Mano. Its pagoda was built by 2 generations of carpenters - it took 30 years to complete (1825).
- Konpon-ji Temple: situated in Niibo village in the middle of the island, built in the 17th century at the site where the Japanese Buddhist priest Nichiren (1222-1282) lived during his exile.
- For 2 years, the priest lived at the place where Myosho-ji Temple can be visited now. The temple which features a nice garden is northeast of Sawata. Jisso-ji Templeis visited by many pilgrims and is close by. It was built at the site where Nichiren meditated. The pine tree where he hung his clothes is still seen today. A high Nichiren Memorial was built close to the temple.
- Sado's Art and Natural History Museum is on the west coast between Mano and Sawata. A number of reconstructed pile houses are found in its garden. Originally, Sado Island's locals lived in pile houses.
- Noh Theatre, built in the 19th century, is a traditional wooden theatre that can be visited in the east of Mano, close to Daizen Shrine.
Highlights: Sacred cave, stone figures, gold mines
Sado Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Sado Islanddock (anchor) at Niigata on Japan's western coast.
The Sado Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Sado Island, Japan.
If you lose the Sado Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Sado Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Sado Island, Japan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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