- Time Bell Tower
Time Bell Tower
A time bell tower in Aikawa that has been telling the time since the Edo Period
Time signal in Aikawa Town started in 1709, by striking taiko drums set within the Sado Commissioner's Office. The first "time bell" was cast with Sado-produced bronze in 1712, under the ordinance of Shigehide Ogiwara, a Sado Commissioner. The time bell rang out to let people know the time until around 1871, but it then went silent. The bell recently began striking again, in the morning and evening. The brick wall is part of a former court building, and the inside serves as the Sado Hangamura (print art) Museum.
Facility Basic Information
- 4 Aikawa Yaoyamachi, Sado, Niigata 952-1545
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 50 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Sado Hangamura （Honsen [Main Line], Nanaura Kaigansen Line） Approx. 3 minutes on foot from bus stop
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Museums, Art Galleries and Resource Centres Craft Experiences
Aikawa Gino Densho Tenjikan (Aikawa Traditional Skills Museum)
Aikawa Gino Densho Tenjikan offers opportunities to learn about traditional art handed down from generation to generation in Aikawa. The museum offers hands-on experiences of Mumyoiyaki, an art which uses potter's clay produced in the gold mine, and rag-weaving on a traditional back-strap loom with careful instruction by staff members. Pottery by artists in Sado, rag-weaving works, and Bunya puppets are on display. The museum sits right in the middle of the tourist area with Kitazawa Flotation Plant and Aikawa Folk Museum.
Casual Eatery Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Fish Dishes
Itamae no Mise Takeya
Takeya is a restaurant with a long history, located in the Tenryo-dori shopping street in Aikawa. The master chef, who prides in his cooking history of over fifty years, enchants you with Sado's delicacies such as sashimi and simmered fish. Takeya's specialty,"Grilled Ikagoro",is the highlight. This is a fisherman's dish made with fresh squid and vegetables steamed with mild miso bean paste and goro (squid innards). The Koshihikari rice cooked in a large pot will also delight your taste buds.
Sado Nishi Police Station
Located in the middle of the town of Aikawa, at the Police Station intersection. The western part of Sado is under its jurisdiction.
Tea House/Coffee Shop Italian Cuisine
Converted from an old Japanese-style house in the Aikawa area, this dining establishment offers a hotel-like atmosphere with a sense of Sado's long-standing traditions. Enjoy dishes highlighting Sado-sourced ingredients while taking in the stunning views of Aikawa. The outdoor terrace is a perfect spot to enjoy a warm and sunny day. This spot also offers a space for rent, so exhibitions and live entertainment are a common occurrence.
Fish Dishes Sushi
Gin Zushi is an authentic sushi bar located on the Haneda shopping street. Beyond the noren [entrance curtains] awaits a counter made of a single plate. Seasonal fresh seafood is displayed in a sushi topping showcase. Among the menu items, "Sado Sushi" comes highly recommended. This is a good-value meal of sushi, with the day's choice toppings gleaned from the day's catch in the surrounding sea. They also offer a wide selection of à la carte dishes unique to Sado, such as squid dried for one night and mozuku seaweed.
Tea House/Coffee Shop Sweets
Café de Cattleya
Founded in 1958, Café de Cattleya is a coffee shop with stained glass lights, a single flower dressing the tables, and quiet background music evoking the retro feel of the Showa times (1926-1989). It offers a choice of about thirty coffees, all of which are made with scrupulously selected coffee beans, including special blends, local brands, and Irish coffee. Cakes such as apple pies are also popular to eat along with the coffee. It also provides an ample selection of tea and juice.
Casual Eatery Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Soba (buckwheat) and Udon Noodles Tempura/Deep-Fried Dishes
Udon and soba (buckwheat) noodles kneaded freshly in the morning everyday has maintained a great reputation. Isonoya offers an ample selection of noodles including noodles with curry, along with a choice of set meals and donburi (rice with toppings). Isonoya's Set Meal, their number 1 recommendation includes assorted tempura, salad, half-size rice, and a small portion of udon or soba noodles. Fresh tempura is popular for its deliciousness.