Shohoji Temple

A temple of Zeami known for candlelight Noh performances

In 1324, Shohoji Temple was established to take care of deceased ancestors of the Honma family, the feudal lord of Izumi Village. This temple is also known as Zeami's place of exile, and there remains his seating stone. The temple's treasure, "Ritual Mask Beshimi" (a mask with a mouth clamped firmly shut), was reputedly made in the late Kamakura Period (around the 13th century), and it is the oldest mask in Niigata Prefecture. It is also said to be the mask that Zeami used for the dance to pray for rain. Hondo (main hall), Kannondo hall, sanmon gate, and so on, are all designated National Tangible Cultural Properties. Shohoji Candlelight Noh Performances are held every June.

  • Shrines and Buddhist Temples
504 Kou Izumi, Sado, Niigata 952-1212
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Transport Access
Ryotsu Port Approx 20 by car
Nearest bus stop
Izumi(Honsen (Main Line)) Approx. 3 minutes on foot from bus stop