Walking on Drift Ice
A Niigata Performance Spectacular
Found 45 minutes off the coast of Niigata, Sado Island enjoys a long history and unique culture, which gave rise to its traditional arts and entertainment. One such being the popular demon drum dance, oni-daiko, known locally as ondeko. This spectacular, colorful drum performance has been passed down from generation-to-generation for more than 500 years and is now performed in over 100 villages across the Island. Oni-daiko can be enjoyed in various styles, such as old men dancing and scattering beans or performers in black and white demon costumes performing with those playing lions. The best time to visit Sado Island is on April 13, the day of the Hiyoshi Shrine Festival, when oni-daiko troupes move from door to door with their drums to drive off evil spirits and pray for a bountiful harvest.
Travel to the port town of Ryotsu from Niigata City for ferries to the island. Access is also possible from the two smaller port towns of Ogi and Akadomari.
Address: Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture
Airport: Niigata Airport