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Long a remote place of exile for politically difficult people, including ex-Emperor Juntoku and the militant monk Nichiren, Sado experienced a boom during the Edo era when gold was found at Aikawa. A major source of revenue for the Tokugawa shogunate, the mines were worked in horrific conditions by what amounted to slave labor, consisting of homeless people rounded up from the mainland.
Despite this grim history, today's Sado is a pleasant summer getaway of rocky coasts, green hills and quaint fishing ports, with a permanent population of just 70,000. Shaped like an anvil, the largest town Ry?tsu (??) is nestled in the eastern gap. Ogi (??) is on the southern coast, while the former gold-mining town of Aikawa (??) lies to the north.
Three ferry lines link the island to the mainland:
Services may be increased for festivals and cut back in the winter or in adverse weather. Prices above are for second class, which gets you a blanket and tatami to sit on and is perfectly adequate. The jet ferries have only one class. All lines are operated by Sado Kisen 1 (http://www.sadokisen.co.jp/) (Japanese only). English timetables are available here (http://www.mijintl.com/sadokisn.html).
Occasional buses connect most points on the island. Hitchhiking is a fairly good means of getting around, or you might want to consider renting a car.
There are no less than seven sake breweries on the island, so do your best to sample them all.
Camping is a viable budget option on Sado.