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Freeway Diving Goods & Services  
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Phone: 0259-52-5781 Fax: 0259-52-5782   Email: freeway@cocoa.ocn.ne.jp
Open daily 10am - 8pm

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Sado is well known for its brilliant clear water and diving is among the best. Its water has unique features that are not seen in the Pacific side of Japan. Free transportation services are available: from Ryotsu Port or Ogi Port to diving locations and your accommodation. Hands-on experience for the unlicensed 13,500 yen (includes necessary equipment but not swimwear); Two boat dives for the licensed 13,000 yen (excludes regulators, other equipment and your swimsuit). A member of PADI. Note: All divers are asked to sign Liability Release and Express Assumption of Risk before diving.  www.freeway-diving.com/ (Japanese text)

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Natural Cedar Trees 
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Observe Sadofs natural cedar trees which have long been preserved in areas at an altitude of about 900m. The weather- beaten shapes formed over hundreds years give human beings a strong message of how magnificent nature is.  For more information, contact the Sado Tourism Association to 0259-27- 5000  info@visitsado.com
www.visitsado.com/00sp/1105/sugi1.shtml (Japanese text)
 


Trekking
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Become one with nature. See unspoiled alpine flowers as you explore during the blooming season. Preservation of natural habitats is important to us: please mind your manners and respect the environment. Sado Trekking Map (Japanese) is available at Ryotsu Tourist Information Office. Various alpine plants are in flower from late April to early June. Also, the Sado Tourism Association offers various guided (in Japanese) eco-tours to precious locations including primitive forests (restricted preserved areas without a guide). For more information, call 0259-27-5000 or write to: info@visitsado.com


Feeding seagulls on Sado Kisen
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A playful way to pass the time aboard the Sado Kisen Ferry: get some snack chips or crackers and head to the stern. You will see many sea-going birds chasing the ferry (and your treats!) all the way across the Sado Strait. If you are lucky, you may also see a pod of dolphins from the deck.

Sado Toki Forest Park (the Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center)   
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Phone 0259-22-4123 8:30am - 4:30pm Closed Mon (if a holiday falls on Mon, open and closed the following day)

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In this center, visitors can observe the live ibis in the sanctuary. In the past, the birds could be seen throughout Japan until the mid-20th century. However, their natural habitat became smaller until Sado Island held their sole remaining ecological habitat. In 2003 the last native-born ibis died, resulting in a total extinction. Meanwhile, artificial breeding using the identical species donated by China has been restoring the population and select individuals have been reintroduced to Sadofs nature every year since 2008. At the same time, local farmers are reducing the use of agrichemicals in rice fields to secure their feeding grounds, contributing to the rejuvenation of the total ecosystem. In 2011, these bio-diverse farming methods were praised by U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and added to its list of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). (Also see United Nations University.) Admission 400 yen. Toki Freai Plaza Observation facility allows visitors to take a closer look at the birds. If you happen to see the bird in the wild, please stay calm, silent, and leave them alone.
Related News  The Japan Times (April 24, 2012)   


Raccoon dogs (Tanuki)
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According to numerous old legends on Sado Island, raccoon dogs often disguised themselves as human beings and occasionally helped people in hardship. Their prominence may be due to the lack of foxes on Sado, the traditional trickster animals of Japanese lore. Some still believe that the raccoon dog is an incarnation of the divineGod blesses you if you happen to see one during your stay. There is no wild foxes, bears, deer, bores or monkeys on the island by the way.