- Meotoiwa Drive-In (Roadside Eatery)
Meotoiwa Drive-In (Roadside Eatery)
A highly popular squid preparation experience!
Meotoiwa Drive-In is a roadside eatery right in front of the sight-seeing spot, Meotoiwa Rocks. The eatery offers dishes mainly on seafood such as rice bowls with seafood toppings and rice bowls with deep-fried breaded yellowtail. There is also a good selection of souvenirs unique to Sado on offer. Squid preparation is a popular experience with entertaining instructions by the "Dried Squid Master". After the experience, you can take some dried squid home, a popular item at the souvenir shop. If you wish to have the one you prepared by yourself, the prepared squid can be dried and shipped to you at a later date.
Facility Basic Information
- 1267-5 Takose, Sado, Niigata 952-1645
- Official site
- Payment Methods
- Credit cards not accepted
- Assistance in Foreign Languages
- Available Free WiFi internet access at the restaurant only
- General Accessibility
- Not Available
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 45 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Meotoiwamae （Nanaura Kaigansen Line） Approx. 0 minutes on foot from bus stop
Recognised as a SADOMESHIRAN [a restaurant dedicated to serving and using Sado-grown products]
- Opening Times
- 8:00 - 17:00 (squid preparation experience takes place from 9:00 - 16:00.)
- Open 365 days a year (no squid preparation experience from November to March)
- Hands-on Experience Prices
- Squid preparation experience: 864JPY
- Required One week in advance
- Facilities and Service
- Accommodation, restaurant, souvenir shop, exhibition of sea chests, workshop (for a charge), etc.
- Opening Times
- 11:00 - 14:30
- Regular holiday
- Open 7 days a week
- Number of seats
Reservation is required from November to March.
- Open for lunch, Private dining room available
Ryokan (Japanese-style Inn)
With scenery of the Meotoiwa Rocks (husband and wife rocks), a symbol of Sado's Nanaura Coast, Hotel Meoto stands on the edge of surf. You can walk from the hotel in your swimsuit to the sea with a great scenic landscape, one of the reasons for the hotel's popularity. The glow of the Meotoiwa Rocks in the setting sun and the fires lit on the boats to lure fish at night are extraordinary sights. Famous dishes primarily of seafood are also served at the in-house restaurant at lunch time. Exhibitions on the premises including the display of antiques such as sea chests are also impressive.
Salt Factory Sado Kaza Shiogama
The scenic spot "Meotoiwa Rocks" is located in front of Salt Factory Sado Kaza Shiogama. Salt Factory Sado Kaza Shiogama is a salt-making hut in the sea breeze blowing off Nanaura Coast. The history of salt production in Sado dates back to ancient times, when salt making used to flourish in the neighbourhood of the factory. Following traditional production methods, mineral-rich brine taken from Meotoiwa Rocks is evaporated over a wood fire. The flavourful salt can be purchased at Meotoiwa Roadside Eatery. You can visit and see the salt production process.
Strange Rocks and Bizarre Stones
Meotoiwa is two gigantic rocks considered to originate from a Japan's creation myth in an ancient book "Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters)". On the right hand side is "husband" rock (22.6 meters high), and on the left hand side is "wife" rock (23.1 meters high). The rocks stands nestling up together, lapped by waves of Nanaura Coast. The rocks are said to bring luck in finding a partner. The surrounding area is spotted with rocky shores, such as Nekoiwa (Cat Rock) and Hokakeiwa (Sailing Rock) , which are, in Sado, said to originate from a Japan's creation myth.
Sea Strange Rocks and Bizarre Stones
Located in the heart of Nanaura Kaigan, the peninsula is a picturesque scenery made up an endless flat rocky surface. The uniqueness of the elevated coast has earned it the designation of ‘Sado-Yahiko-Yoneyama Semi-National Park’. The shoreline is dotted with ever-changing strangely shaped rocks which contributes to the beauty of the coast. This spot is popular for gathering shellfish, swimming, snorkeling, and fishing and is also known to witness magnificent views of the sun setting into the ocean.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Bar/Snack Bar Light meal
Snack Bar Apple
The building has a distinctive white bay window facing the blue sea. Apple is a long-established snack bar in Aikawa. Surrounded by the chic, grey and black interior, you can enjoy drinks at reasonable prices. As the bar is equipped with a 100-inch big screen and cutting edge karaoke facilities, song lovers will be greatly pleased. Mini live shows are also occasionally held there. Lightly flavoured ramen (Chinese) noodles are perfect refreshments after drinks and enjoy popularity.
Bar/Snack Bar Light meal
Night Spot J1
At Night Spot J1, drinks are offered at reasonable prices, and the hostess who is an amazing singer and the friendly owner will welcome you. You will have fun with waitresses while having good drinks. Karaoke lovers will be greatly pleased with their 100-inch big screen. Sometimes dishes made with seafood caught by a fisherman acquaintance are served, and the home-like atmosphere is one of the highlights at this place. Banquet server/attendant dispatch services are also popular.
Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Grilled Skewers/Yakitori/Chargrill
Grilled Skewers Kinpuku
The interiors are dimly lit with pin spots shining downwards on the counter, and indirect lighting on the wall giving a warm glow. You can enjoy chicken skewers grilled over charcoal by the master in a pub atmosphere. Lovingly prepared skewers will leave you with a memorable taste of Kinpuku. Daily skewers with "unconventional" items along with classic poultry pieces such as boneless chicken, gizzard, tsukune (minced chicken balls) are all delicious. The skewers go well with cold sake of Sado and carefully selected wine. The flavourful stew is a popular side dish for the end of the meal.
Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Fish Dishes Soba (buckwheat) and Udon Noodles Tempura/Deep-Fried Dishes Grilled Skewers/Yakitori/Chargrill Steak and Burger steak Other
Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Orphée
A long-established snack bar, Orphée reopened with added izakaya elements in 2007. While maintaining the intimate atmosphere perfect for karaoke and chatting, Orphée now offers an ample selection of dishes, too. The kitchen provides a variety of menu items, from grilled skewers, deep-fried dishes and steak to noodles and fried rice. As Orphée has both counter seats and a section floored with tatami mats, it is a perfect place to dine whether you are in a large group or a solo diner.