- An'yoji Haguro Shrine
An'yoji Haguro Shrine
A shrine of tutelary deity in the An'yoji village with a small Noh stage
An'yoji's Haguro Shrine is said to be a shrine to where the god divided from Haguro Shrine, in Yamagata Prefecture, was invited and re-enshrined in 772. It is surrounded by gigantic cedar trees, and the main hall lies in harmony with the surrounding lush woods. Since olden days, in the small village of An'yoji, Noh has been offered in place of Ondeko (deity mask dance) in the annual, most important festival. The Noh stage (a Niigata Prefectural Tangible Cultural Asset), with its thatched, hipped-roof, is reputed to have been built in the late Edo Period (19th century). It used to stand across the front path from the main building of the shrine, but around 1909, it was relocated to, and enlarged, on the site where it now lies. The Noh stage at Haguro Shrine is the smallest in Sado, among the ones still in existence.
Facility Basic Information
- 159 Anyouji, Sado, Niigata 952-1201
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 20 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Sansegawa （Honsen [Main Line]） Approx. 30 minutes on foot from bus stop
Gift Shops Sake Breweries
Tenryohai Sake Brewery
Tenryohai Sake Brewery has consistently maintained a high quality of sake making. Sake rice "Koshitanrei" goes well with the underground water at Mt Kinpoku, the tallest mountain in Sado. The water produces aromatic, smooth and refreshing sake. Brewery tours are available with a guide within the sake brewing factory, where the precision and skills of brewers and cutting-edge technologies are mixed. A variety of "Tenryohai" brand sake can be purchased at the shop at Tenryo no Sato.
Museums, Art Galleries and Resource Centres Other
Sado Daikannon Showaden
A group of Buddha statues, numbering over 220, is installed in one corner of the Nakaoku area. The main image of Buddha is the Eleven-Headed Kannon Bosatsu a.k.a. Sado Daikannon (Ekadaśamukha), which was erected in 1970, and initiated by Ryukai Yamaguchi, the 24th generation of head priests at Ishina Seisuiji Temple. This huge statue, more than seven metres tall, is made from the single trunk of a Japanese cypress tree over 2,200 years old. It is said that this is the world's largest wooden Buddha statue.
Meiji Kinendo Memorial
Meiji Kinendo was founded by Ryokan Honjo, a Buddhist monk of Tokushoji Temple, to comfort the souls of Sado Islanders who died for their country in the First Sino-Japanese War, and is funded by donations. Later, the souls of the dead in the Russo-Japanese War, Japanese Siberian Intervention, and Manchuria Incident were enshrined here, too. A board inscribed by calligrapher Banko Yoshida with the words of Meiji Kinendo, is hung in front, and the hand-written notes of Field Marshal Iwao Oyama, Katsu Kaishu (a naval officer and mediator in the Meiji Restoration in 1898), and Marshal Admiral Togo are hung inside. A graveyard for Russian navy crews also exists within the grounds.
Exchange Centre Hakuundai
Hakuundai is a lodge-style building standing at about 850 metres above sea level. The viewing terrace offers a stunning panoramic view across Sado, including Ryotsu Bay, Kuninaka Plain and Ogi Peninsula. At the souvenir shop inside the building, you will find Sado specialties, such as "Okesa persimmon butter", "fig jam", and "wild grape wine". Curry over rice with the Island's black Berkshire pork, and soft ice cream made from fresh cream are special menu items at the light meal corner. Hakuundai is closed for winter as Osado Skyline will be closed due to snow.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Casual Eatery Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Fish Dishes Sushi Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Chinese Ramen Noodles
The top recommendation at Higuchi Shokudo is their hand-crafted sushi with fresh seasonal toppings. The kitchen also delivers a variety of menus from à la carte and set menus to Chinese ramen noodles and donburi (a bowl of rice with toppings). Their selection of alcoholic beverage includes wine and cocktails, local Japanese sake, shochu (Japanese distilled spirits) and beer. You can enjoy your meal in a relaxing atmosphere in one of the three private dining rooms, which are popular for families and parties. It is situated on Route 350 and is easy to find.
Tea House/Coffee Shop
YOSABEI is located in the Kuninaka Plain, a location facing mountains and rich nature, and where life with clean water streaming from Mt. Kinpoku can be enjoyed. YOSABEI is an old house converted into an inn by Karl Bengs, an Architecture Designer who has an extensive track record of old house revival projects in Japan. Take a break in a space where it feels as if time has stopped flowing, surrounded by organic vegetable farms and herb gardens; where you can enjoy a breakfast of Sado rice slowly cooked over a fire, and other Sado-produced ingredients.
Casual Eatery Tea House/Coffee Shop Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Japanese-style Curry with Rice
Kisaragi Honten offers menu items filled with love for Sado's bounty. Try the Sado Set prepared with Sado-produced ingredients, or the turban shellfish curry that was once a favorite of island fishermen.
Casual Eatery Restaurant Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice)
Tokinari Boxed Chirashi
Our boxed chirashi sushi is a lacquered box full of sushi rice topped with seafood delicacies from around Sado. In the Edo Period (17th – 19th centuries), Kitamaebune merchant ships carrying specialties connected Japan's East and West, calling at ports around the Sea of Japan including Sado. Our chirashi is prepared by layering sushi rice and seafood marinated in broth-enriched soy sauce. Enjoy seafood such as Sado-produced crab, tuna, sea bream and whitefish of the season, nurtured in the seas surrounding full-of-nature Sado Island and flavored with a special jellied dashi soy sauce. In addition, we offer a variation on chirashi sushi inspired by the ships that carried goodies from the East and West: Kitamae Meat Chirashi.