- Hiyoshi Shrine
"Sanno-san", a landmark in Niibo
Hiyoshi Shrine is familiar to locals, and known as "Sanno-san". The shrine was established in 1226 for Emperor Juntoku, who was banished to Sado, after his high ranking servant, Kiyonori Ike, initiated dividing and re-enshrining the god enshrined at Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine in Omi (present-day Shiga Prefecture). Many wooden and stone statues of monkeys, messengers of a god, can be seen around the grounds of the shrine. The statues include the "three wise monkeys", which are Mizaru, covering his eyes; Kikazaru, covering his ears; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth. The most important annual festival is held over three days in April.
Facility Basic Information
- Kaminiibo, Sado, Niigata 952-0108
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 15 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Niibo Shougakkoumae （Minamisen [South Line]） Approx. 0 minutes on foot from bus stop
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Shrines and Buddhist Temples
The Sanmaido Hall within the grounds of Konponji Temple is reputed to be the place where Nichiren (a Buddhist monk and the founder of the Nichiren School) had a debate with monks from other schools, and authored Kaimokusho (The Opening of the Eyes). It is one of the sacred places for the Nichiren school, along with Myoshoji Temple in the Sawata area, where Nichiren wrote Kanjinhonzonsho (The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind). Konponji Temple is a temple complex consisting of twenty-nine buildings and halls on an area of approximately 56,200 square metres. Included on the grounds are Soshido Hall (named after its founder) and the Main Hall, constructed and donated by wealthy gold-mining engineers in the Edo Period (1603-1867).
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).
Rice Paddy Art
Rice Paddy Art was started in 2017 to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Toki to Kurasu Sato (living in harmony with Crested Ibises) label on rice certified by Sado City. In the third year, 2019, an image designed in collaboration with the Kemono Friends anime series was depicted. Rice varieties in various colors are planted in May by about 100 people, including the Toki-to-Kurasu-Sato farmers, groups of consumers, and members of the label Promotion Council. It's best to visit in late July and early August.
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
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.
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.
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.
Casual Eatery Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Fish Dishes Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Tempura/Deep-Fried Dishes Chinese Ramen Noodles
Nacchan has an established reputation for its fresh, seasonal seafood purchased at the market, and delicious nibbles. Bento box meals and catering services also enjoy popularity. The food menu consists of a plethora of dishes, including noodles, donburi (a bowl of rice with toppings), and set meals. Nacchan offers an all-chuhai-you-can-drink deal (chuhai are mixed drinks with shochu, Japanese distilled spirits) between 17:00-22:00 (valid for two hours). Prices are 1,000JPY for men and 500JPY for women. Head to the sister snack bar "Shante" after Nacchan. You can get 50% off karaoke there.