- Takei Kumano Shrine
Takei Kumano Shrine
A tutelary shrine with a Noh stage, inscribed with its ancient name "Kaguraden," (a hall of music and dance dedicated to gods)
Kumano Shrine is a village shrine nestled in cedar woods. Built in 1869, the Noh stage, designated a Niigata Prefectural Cultural Asset, has a hip-and-gable tiled roof in front, and a hipped roof at the back. Also, because of having a ridgeway with a tiled roof, and a room with a mirror separated by a curtain from the ridgeway (used as a worship hall, too), it is considered an authentic Noh stage in Sado. A kaerumata (frog-leg strut) on the transverse beam is carefully inscribed with the four distinct characters of ka-gu-ra-den.
Facility Basic Information
- 329-1 Niibo Takei, Sado, Niigata 952-0111
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 20 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Sado Sougou Koukoumae （Minamisen [South Line]） Approx. 5 minutes on foot from bus stop
Gold and Silver Mines Heritage and Relics
Niibo Ginzan Silver Mine
Situated in Okuyama, which is a releasing point for toki (the Japanese crested ibises), Niibo Ginzan Silver Mine, also known as Takizawa Ginzan Silver Mine, first produced silver around the same time as Tsurushi Ginzan Silver Mine. Although records and a pictorial map from the Edo Period (1603-1867) remain to this day, little is known about this silver mine, including the year of its discovery. Sparsely inhabited today, in the olden days the surrounding area prospered so much that it was called "a town with 1,000 houses." Mining structures, including "Hyakumai Mabu (pit)" and "Ogon Mabu (pit)," still remain.
Museums, Art Galleries and Resource Centres
Niibo Museum of History and Folklore
The collections of Niibo Museum of History and Folklore feature items of traditional performing arts and closely related to the everyday life of the common people, resources of Sado's history and culture including toki (Japanese crested ibises), as well as numerous archaeological objects such as the Japanese ancient bronze mirror unearthed at Tamatsukuri Ruins in Niibo. Workshops of rag-weaving and magatama making (both for a fee) are available. You can also have a chance to see works by Kiyoshi Yamamoto, who is remembered as having a deep connectiong with Niibo, and final works by the Niibo-native brothers of Bakusen Tsuchida (Japanese-style painter) and Kyoson Tsuchida (philosopher).
Anjuzuka (Memorial Mound of Anju in Hatano)
Two different versions of the folk tale "Anju and Zushio" have been passed down from generation to generation in Sado. Hatano is arguably the place where Anju passed away while on her way to Kyoto, after she and her brother had a reunion with their mother. This mound is said to be the burial place of some of her mementos such as her favorite comb. It has been worshipped for good harvests, and for miracles in finding a partner and healing eye diseases. Anju Tenjin Festival takes place every summer.
Green Village Patio House
Green Village Patio House is an inn with a casual atmosphere situated in an idyllic setting in Niibo, known as the home to toki (Japanese crested ibises), and it attracts many fans locally and nationally. The accommodation is in a fantastic location close to temples and shrines with a long and distinguished history, and Toki Forest Park. You can enjoy cycling and trekking at nearby Niibo Dam which is surrounded by rich nature. Green Village Patio House is situated in Kuninaka Plain with a good access to other tourist spots, and is a popular as a base to explore Sado.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Fish Dishes Grilled Skewers/Yakitori/Chargrill Other
Izakaya (Japanese style pub) Arinko
Arinko is a local's favourite in the Niibo area. The pub has counter seats and a section floored with tatami mats which provide the characteristic cosy feel of a genuine izakaya pub. Dishes to complement sake (Japanese whisky) is prepared by the Okami female manager, who is fastidious about locally produced ingredients. They offer a wide range of hearty food, including grilled skewers and fish, handmade gyoza dumplings, rolled omelette, etc. Arinko can accommodate parties according to your budget.
Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Tempura/Deep-Fried Dishes Grilled Skewers/Yakitori/Chargrill Italian Cuisine Other
Izakaya Matoi, located on a corner in a rustic setting, specialises in chicken dishes. The kitchen serves over twenty kinds of chicken dishes such as Chicken Nanban (marinated deep-fried chicken) with tartare sauce containing boiled eggs, nibbles, pasta, pizza and rice or noodle dishes. The wide range of menu items enchants its customers. Yakitori, finished with a special sauce passed down from the previous generation, consists of various items from rare parts to original, creative ingredients. "Sado's Special Big Takoyaki" which won the grand prize of "Sado Island's Gourmet Contest" is highly recommended.
Bar/Snack Bar Japanese-style Curry with Rice Light meal
Snack Bar Noroma
Opened over forty years ago in one corner of a shopping street, Snack Bar Noroma has gained popularity recently with its hand-made dishes by the master and hostess. The top menu item is undoubtedly the "Special Katsu Sando." It is a filling, signature sandwich made by topping slices of bread with sauce-soaked, thick pork cutlets. Moreover, dishes prepared with a little bit of extra care, including curry over rice, gyoza dumplings, croquettes and more, have achieved popularity among regulars.
Casual Eatery Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Fish Dishes Sushi Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Chinese Ramen Noodles
Chozaburo is a renowned restaurant serving Sado-style sushi, thronging with locals and tourists. It delights you with the freshest toppings directly sourced from Ryotsu Market and local fishermen. You can also savour name-brand toppings such as tuna from Oma and sea urchin from Aomori, available only at renowned sushi shops. The menu also covers options such as set meals and donburi (a bowl of rice with toppings). Chinese ramen noodles passed down from preceding generations boast a refreshing taste. A combination meal of sushi and ramen noodles has achieved great popularity.