150-3 Ogi Kanetashinden, Sado Island, Niigata 952-0611, Japan | Tel. 0259-86-2320
Open: 9:00–17:00 | Closed: Mondays (Closed on Tuesday instead when Monday is a public holiday.)



At Sado Island Taiko Centre (Tatakokan), we have a special offering designed to harness the power of taiko to boost overall wellbeing: “Exadon.” The name Exadon combines three words: “exercise,” “Sado,” and the sound of beating a taiko drum, “don.” It’s an innovative fitness program centered around enjoying taiko (traditional Japanese drums), performing arts, and physical activity.

Originally developed by Dr. Yoshinori Morimoto and Kodo Cultural Foundation as a person-centered dementia care program, the Exadon initiative has expanded over the years to focus on improving the wellbeing of one and all, regardless of cognitive conditions.

Exadon is a fun, adaptable health intervention program for adults of all ages, from the working-age population all the way up to people well into their retirement. Participants often comment that these sessions make them more proactive, uplift them, make them feel better, and are enjoyable. At Tatakokan, we have seen firsthand that taiko playing is an effective way to help people increase their positivity and improve their physical condition and mental health. We would love for you to try Exadon and experience the positive effects for yourself.

Here at Tatakokan, you’ll enjoy your session in our spacious, resonant hall, surrounded by nature. You’ll be in expert hands because our instructors not only lead Exadon sessions, they also help develop new programs and run training courses for Exadon facilitators. Whether you take part with your friends, partner, or even people you have just met, Exadon is sure to bring a smile to your face and give your body and soul a boost.

We occasionally run Exadon programs and workshops here for Sado Island residents. If you would like to book a one-off or multi-day Exadon session for your own group, please get in touch to discuss your needs.

For more information, please visit the Exadon website.

※Exadon is a registered trademark jointly owned by Kodo Cultural Foundation and Dr. Yoshinori Morimoto.

Wellness Tourism

Sado Island is full of nature. Home to vegetation found throughout Japan, it’s a veritable microcosm of the Japanese archipelago where people can grow fruit ranging from apples to mandarins and passionfruit. The fresh food on Sado Island is delicious and enriches everyone’s lives. With abundant seafood and arguably the best rice in Japan, it’s no wonder visitors come here especially to enjoy the fresh delicacies. The island is blessed with a relatively warm climate throughout the year, and a relaxed sense of time. Staying on the island gives you plenty of chances to seek extraordinary views and experiences, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you’re looking for a place where you can refresh and recharge your mind and body, look no further than Sado Island!