- Tsugami Shrine
A tutelary god of the sea enshrined on the Isle of Tsugami
The Okawa village on the east coast of Sado thrived as a port of merchant shipping during the Edo Period (1603-1867), with shipping agents standing side by side. Tsugami Shrine, a mainstay of this village, houses two well-worshipped deities, a god of safety for vessels on the kitamaebune western shipping route, and a god of good commerce. Tsugami Shrine used to be situated behind the village, and was reputedly relocated to where it now stands sometime before the Genroku era (1688 - 1704). Farther beyond the red Tsugami bridge, the main hall lies and enshrines the sea gods of Sumiyoshi.
Facility Basic Information
- 613 Ryotsu Ogawa, Sado, Niigata 952-3435
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 15 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Ogawa （Higashikaigansen Line） Approx. 3 minutes on foot from bus stop
Ryotsu Ogawa stretches out approximately 2.5 km from Himezaki to the east and Hotokezaki to the west, and is home to about fifty households. Woodblock prints have given rise to this area's name, and a collection of woodblock prints is described as the "Ogawa Outdoor Woodblock Prints Museum". You will see woodblock printing, by locals, everywhere on the walls of the houses in this village. Works are created based on the theme: Life in Ogawa. The dynamic works will leave you amazed.
As the first lighthouse built in Sado, its light first flashed in 1895. Himesaki Lighthouse is the oldest, intact iron lighthouse in Japan. As a historical and cultural asset, it has been selected as one of the Top 100 Lighthouses in the World. The elegant, white appearance beautifully contrasts with the blue sky. The nearby Himesaki Lighthouse Visitor Centre displays valuable materials.
Minshuku (Japanese-style Bed and Breakfast)
Ryoso Saka is a Japanese-style bed and breakfast run by a fisherman, standing in front of Suizu Fishing Port. You may enjoy well-established fish dishes and home-grown vegetables and rice, and when spring comes, a variety of mountain vegetables are also served. Fascinating is the traditional atmosphere of a fisherman's house, with a central pillar which has been supporting the house structure for over 100 years, paper doors and sea chests. There is a bathing beach equipped with facilities for camping, and the beach enjoys a great crowd every year.
Folklore Sea Strange Rocks and Bizarre Stones
Akagameiwa is a big, red stone of iron quartz, which can be seen from a bathing beach in Akagame Kazashima Nagisa Park. The rock has a hollow in the middle, and the shape resembles to parent and child nestling up together. "Once upon a time, when a fisherman in Suizu encountered a turbulent sea, a big turtle appeared, and the fisherman and his boat rode on the turtle's back and returned to the port. The turtle turned into a rock, and villagers named the rock "Akagame". The rock has this folk story, and there is a shrine to enshrine Akagame Myojin god.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Casual Eatery Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Soba (buckwheat) and Udon Noodles Tempura/Deep-Fried Dishes
Soba (buckwheat noodles) Mozem
Mozem offers hand-kneaded soba noodles and soba-centric multi-course meals. The neatly cut, thin strips of soba noodles made from 100% buckwheat flour, are exceptional because of the strong flavour of buckwheat and smooth texture. You can choose from Sado-style soba drenched in soba sauce made from grilled-dried flying fish, or morisoba served with a dipping sauce made from bonito broth. A selection of dishes prepared with a little extra will leave gourmet palates satisfied and impressed. Book your seat by the afternoon on the day before your visit.
Casual Eatery Light meal
Pot stickers & coffee Oni Café
Oni Café is a coffee shop serving locally loved handmade potstickers, which were passed down from a longtime ramen shop after it closed its doors. Enjoy chatting with the owner who has a deep affection for Ondeko (deity [oni