Welcome to Ryōtsu, a city located in Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Although Ryōtsu is now one of the 10 subdivisions of Sado City, it has a rich history and plenty of local attractions that make it a must-visit destination for any traveler.

== History ==
The city of Ryōtsu was founded on November 3, 1954. However, on March 1, 2004, Ryōtsu and the other 9 municipalities in the island were merged to create the city of Sado. Despite this, Ryōtsu still retains its unique charm and character.

== Transportation ==
Getting to Ryōtsu is easy thanks to its well-connected transportation system. Visitors can take the Niigata Kotsu Sado bus or drive along National Route 350. For those who prefer to travel by sea, Ryōtsu Port and Sado Kisen Terminal offer car ferry and Jetfoil services to/from Niigata Port.

== Local attractions ==
Ryōtsu has plenty of local attractions that are sure to delight any traveler. Lake Kamo is a beautiful lake that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Onogame and Futatsugame are two rock formations that are said to resemble turtles and are considered to be sacred by the locals. Visitors can also explore the city’s rich history by visiting the Sado Gold Mine, which was once one of the largest gold mines in the world.

== Climate ==
Ryōtsu has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cool winters. The best time to visit is during the spring and autumn when the weather is mild and the cherry blossoms and fall foliage are in full bloom.

== See also ==
Sado, Niigata

== References ==

== External links ==
Sado Tourism Association (in English)
Sado Steam Ship (in English)
Sado Geopark (in English)

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