Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

by Fujiko

Time flies!

We only have 2 more days in 2016.  Looking back, I've taken so many photos this year and I'd like to show you some of them.

First, this is a rock in Toyooka village with a tiny shrine on top.  I felt something spiritual when I went there.

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

Seisuiji temple in the snow.

 In Sado Island we have less snow than you expect. Snow clouds just pass over the island and snow falls at mainland Niigata with high mountain ranges.

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

It was a beautiful autumn day.  Cosmos field near Iwayaguchi.

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

Shimafumi, the bakery cafe in Mano!

It's just relaxing sitting on a chair and having coffee and delicious breads.  Osado mountains and Mano Bay spread in front of you.

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016 Sado mascot, Sadokky!

Yes, it's a combination of "Sado" and "toki", the endangered bird protected mainly in Sado.

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

 Famous cherry tree at Hojobo, small temple in Osaki, Hamochi.

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016 Mirror-like water!!

It's sooo clear and completely calm sea water in Tochu, Aikawa.

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

Huge turtle-like sole rock, Onogame with "Kanzo", a type of day lily in 50% bloom.

There is a torii gate and you go up to the top  to find a small shrine.  The view from the top is spectacular!

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

One of the 35 Noh stages in Sado.  This is Kusakari Shrine in Hamochi on a festival day.

The shape of thatched roof looks perfect, doesn't it?

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

Nature, the great sculptor

"Jinmen-iwa" or side view rock created by nature and beautiful sunset.

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

"Shimebari Villa" in autumn!

Lying on a platform built by Jun-san, the owner of the villa, you just blend into nature!

This is one of the gorgeous experience in Sado.

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

White and red "Higanbana" or "Lycoris radiata" or "Manjusaka" in full bloom in Shukunegi

It's quite rare to see white higanbana which blooms around "Higan" week in mid- to late-September.

Flowers encircle paddy fields and bring photographers every year.

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

 

Finally, sushi!

"Chozaburo" restaurant in Niibo serves not only fresh and delicious sushi but also other dishes like ramen or set menu.

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

Do you have many wonderful memories in 2016?   Me?  Yes, I have.  A lot.

There were many changes worldwide this year, some good and others not.

There are still lingering uncertainties here and there but let's hope for the best!

I wish you a Happy New Year!


29 Dec 2016

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“ Fujiko--the best guide we had in Japan. ”

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1 month ago Traveler: Cath -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

We recently had the pleasure of meeting Fujiko who gave us an awesome tour of Sado Island. After travelling for a month in Japan it is without doubt that I can say that this tour with Fujiko was the best. Fujiko has a great wealth of knowledge and adapts the tour to what you what to do and see. It was extremely easy communicating with Fujiko. A lovely lady! Cannot recommend her higher! Cath Cr...
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“ Outstanding "Off the Beaten Track" Tour Guide ”

Excellent
7 months ago Traveler: Neil -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

Fujiko is, quite simply, the best guide we have ever used -- anywhere. She grew up on the island -- and runs a small farm. She knows Sado Island like the back of her hand. She speaks very good English. But, the best part is that Fujiko avoided the tourist traps. She took us to unusual and interesting places - including an impromptu picnic high up in the mountains. That was the highlight of our ent...
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“ One of the high points of our trip! ”

Excellent
10 months ago Traveler: Tim/lynn -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

Fujiko did her best to accommodate our atypical request which took us off the beaten path including touring government offices and riding in taxi cabs. She was knowledgeable, flexible, pleasant, personable and timely. Not the usual 'tourist' tour. Knew the area. Very good communication pre-tour (by e-mail). Fluent in English and Japanese (working on French). Highly recommend her!
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“ Exceeded our expectations ”

Excellent
11 months ago Traveler: Lester -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

Soon after booking a day tour of Niigata snd a day tour of Sado Island, Fujiko was in contact with us to find out what we were interested in seeing and our interests. Her verbal and written communication skills were excellent. She provided a list of sites then developed an itinerary after we had provided input. Our itinerary included visiting three farms and picking cherries and strawberrys. In ad...
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“ Our day in Murakami with fujiko ”

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1 year ago Traveler: Karleen -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

i gave fujiko a list of places we were interested in visiting and she was able to include all of them in our walk in murakami. we also got to eat the murakami beef and their salmon for lunch and we enjoyed ithem. fujiko also introduced to some traditional shops where we could buy some food souvenirs. we really enjoyed our day in Murakam with Fujikoi.
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“ Sado Island tour ”

Excellent
1 year ago Traveler: Kimi -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

Our tour guide Fujiko was a blessing for my family when we toured Sado island. Fujiko even surprise met us at the ferry station to ensure we found the bus stop. She and our bus driver Keiki were gracious and knew the island inside and out and she was also able to make a last minute change in our itinerary when we wanted to experience lunch at a local eatery. I highly recommend bookin a tour wi...
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“ Niigata Highlight Tour ”

Excellent
1 year ago Traveler: Randall -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

We experienced Interesting highlights of Niigata with Fujiko. Marketplaces, historic architecture, sake tour/tasting and the Niigata City Aquarium. Fujiko did an excellent job of coordinating the tour within the time limit, something we would not have been able to do on our own. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent with Fujiko. She is an excellent guide.
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