Tokimeki Sado and Niigata Tourism Zone
Sado is the island that has befriended demons. This is "ONIDAIKO" (the Demons' Dance) that has been passed down through the generations in the 120 villages on the island. To ward off disaster, or pray for a bountiful harvest, it wasn't to gods or spirits that the locals turned, but to demons.
The style of the "ONIDAIKO" is different between each village, with no two being the same. The people of Sado look forward to the yearly festival when the demons go from house to house in each village, and they welcome them with a mix of emotions.
Entry Program 04
To the Island of Festivals with “ONIDAIKO” Participate in a traditional festival in Matsugasaki village
Accompanied by a local guide, join in a traditional festival, annually held in a small village on Sado Island. The village is called Matsugasaki, located in the south of the island. In this program, you can watch the dance ‘Onidaiko’ which is performed in order to pray for good health and a rich harvest at each house they visit. In this program, you can experience life as a local in the area, not as just a visitor. Experience the ‘Onidaiko’ drums echoing around this usually silent village and feel the warmth of the local people. Join in the festival and blend in with local life.
During festivals on Sado Island, groups of performers visit door to door to pray for good health and a rich harvest at each house they visit.
Activity contents 1
|Experience door-to-door folk performances - ‘Onidaiko’|
|During festivals on Sado Island, often groups of performers visit door to door to pray for good health and a rich harvest at each house they visit. This door-to-door visiting is called ‘Kadozuke’ In this program, we will go along with a group of ‘Kadozuke’ performers.|
Travel as if you live in the area, not as just a visitor. Join in the festival and blend in with local life.
|Stay at a traditional old Sado house. Experience the local cuisine|
|While staying at a traditional old house in Matsugasaki village, you will also visit local homes relaxing with the local cuisine and sake that each household provides. These festival dishes that the moms in the village make are simple but delicious!|
You can learn about the history of the village from a local guide.
Activity contents 2
|Guided stroll in Matsugasaki Village|
|Go for a stroll around Matsugasaki village with a local guide! You can learn about the history of the village.|
At “Osaki Soba-no-kai” you can try local cuisine while enjoying local performing art
|Osaki Soba-no-kai (Soba noodle lunch event)|
|Participate in the lunch event “Osaki Soba-no-kai” held at Osaki Public Hall. You can enjoy the local cuisine while appreciating traditional performing art.|