1. Sai-no-Kawara
Heritage and Relics


A place of worship in the most northerly part of Sado, comforting the spirits of deceased children.

Along the walking path connecting the unique rock outcrops of Onogame and Futatsugame, a ten-minute walk from the Negai village will lead you to Sai-no-Kawara. In a marine cave, countless stone Jizo (the guardian deity of children) statues stand still, centred around Jizo Bosatsu. Sai-no-Kawara is considered to be the bank area of a river, which flows at the boundary of life and the afterlife. It is where the spirits of deceased children are thought to go, and it has been a sacred space since the olden days.

Facility Basic Information

Negai, Sado, Niigata 952-3203
Transport Access
Ryotsu Port Approx 55 minutes by car
Nearest bus stop
Negai (Uchikaifusen Line) Approx. 20 minutes on foot from bus stop
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