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Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Chubu  /  Niigata Prefecture  /  Sado
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Things to do: museums, historic sites, parks
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island. Once a distant home for political exiles of Japan, the island struck gold, quite literally, during the 17th-century Edo period, thriving in prominence and culture ever since. Today, visitors can revel in untouched scenery scattered across the region's two mountain ranges and discover the historic remnants of the city's gold mining heritage. Arrive by boat and pick up a car rental to access even the most secluded parts of Sado, winding along scenic roads of coast and mountain, stopping for a hike or quick swim. With its deep cerulean shores, the city has a reputation for excellent fresh local seafood, so be sure to try some traditional sashimi while on your Sado vacation. Take a peek at our international travel planner: Sado and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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Camping provides a memorable and budget-friendly accommodation option on your Sado holiday, with several camping areas offering amenities ranging from sparse wilderness to well-served facilities. If you'd prefer a sturdier roof over your head, luxury to mid-range traditional Japanese ryokans also make for an authentic island stay, and simple hotel rooms offer an economical base from which to explore. For a real vacation treat, head to the city's coastlines or hot springs for high-class lodgings attending to your every need.
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