- Mearai Jizo (Eye Washing Statue of Bodhisattva)
Mearai Jizo (Eye Washing Statue of Bodhisattva)
Healing water of the folk tale: "Anju and Zushio"
The story of "Sansho-Dayu" is famous for the tale of Anju and Zushio. In it, the grown-up Zushio and his blind mother are reunited, and rejoice over finding the other in good health ("tassha" in Japanese) at Tassha Coast in Sado. Water still bubbles up at the place where the mother washed her eyes, and Mearai Jizo is enshrined there. Anju Jizo Hall stands nearby, where a bath with the spring water has been set up by locals and is available for use.
Facility Basic Information
- Tassha, Sado, Niigata 952-2135
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 60 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Senkakuwan Tassha （Kaifu Line） Approx. 3 minutes on foot from bus stop
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Tassha Beach is situated in the scenic Senkakuwan Bay. The tranquil, deeply indented inlet is protected by levees and concrete blocks, so it is calm in inclement weather. The water is crystal clear, creating a quiet environment where you can hear the songs of the black-tailed gulls. Close from the Aikawa town centre (approximately ten minutes by car), the beach is popular with families and youngsters in high season. The name "Tassha" derives from the folk tale of Anju.
There is a heartbreaking story called "Sanshodayu", which tells a story of maternal separation of Anju and Zushio. Tassha Coast is where grown-up Zushio and blind mother see each again and took pleasure in finding each other in good condition (tassha in Japanese). Eye washing jizo statue, which enshrines spring water which healed mother's eyes, are carefully looked after by local people. Tassha Coast, located at a corner of scenic spot Senkakuwan Bay, forms a quiet inlet and has become Sado's representative bathing beach.
Ryokan (Japanese-style Inn) Other
Senkakuso is a long-established inn with over 60 years of history, perched on a scenic hill. The dishes served reflect a meticulous attitude towards fish, locally caught in the Sotokaifu area, and allow you to feast on a variety of seasonal seafoods. Senkakuso is ideally located within walking distance of great fishing spots and the Tassha Coast. Loved by celebrities, including Dr Reischauer, an American intellectual, Senkakuso was named by Kazuo Kikuta, who wrote a famous book Kimi no Na Wa (What is Your Name?). The atmospheric furniture also evokes a sense of history.
Minshuku (Japanese-style Bed and Breakfast)
Guesthouse Sudareso is located in the southernmost point of the Senkakuwan area, conveniently close to Tassha Beach. A 3-minute walk from the inn through alleyways in a village leads to Himezu Port, which is known as a squid fishing base. You will feast on dishes prepared skillfully with fresh seafood, which is caught by the Okami female manager's father, a local fisherman, or caught at local ports. Minshuku Sudareso is an inn with a family home atmosphere and receives repeat guests, from fishermen who have visited over 30 years to families who visit annually.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Casual Eatery Fish Dishes Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Chinese Ramen Noodles Minshuku (Japanese-style Bed and Breakfast)
Guesthouse Senkakuwan stands directly next to Senkakuwan Ageshima Yuen. The inn is perfectly located for exploring Aikawa and Sotokaifu in the neighbourhood of Marine Park in Senkakuwan Bay and Tassha Bathing Beach. Guesthouse Senkakuwan treats guests to fresh, locally caught seafood including deluxe sashimi served on a ship-shaped platter for dinner. The guesthouse is a friendly place where tourists and locals can casually pop-in and enjoy menu items such as set meals and donburi (rice with toppings) prepared with special seafood.
Pleasure Boats Sea Casual Eatery Tea House/Coffee Shop Chinese Ramen Noodles Light meal Other
Senkakuwan Ageshima Yuen
Senkakuwan Ageshima Yuen is a tourist attraction of Ageshima Kyowan (narrow bay), the fifth most scenic spot at Senkakuwan Bay. From the observation deck, you can enjoy a dynamic, panoramic view. The surrounding area is a marine park, designated as one of Japan's 100 Scenic Foreshores. You can also enjoy a cruise around the bay, and the underwater world, aboard a glass-bottom boat (for a fee). On site, there are also an aquarium, which is home to fish found in the sea surrounding Sado, and a resource centre, which displays panels about a famous Japanese film, "Kimi no Na Wa" [What is Your Name?
Casual Eatery Tea House/Coffee Shop Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Soba (buckwheat) and Udon Noodles Japanese-style Curry with Rice Chinese Ramen Noodles
Kinzanjaya is an eatery located in the third car park of the historic site "Sado Gold Mine". You can enjoy lunch made from fresh seafood. Kinzan Soba (buckwheat noodles) topped with chewy mekabu seaweed, shrimp tempura and iwanori seaweed and gold dust is highly recommended. In addition, "Kinzan Curry" served in a shape of Doyu no Wareto (split mountain top of the gold mine), and "Special Kaisendon", are popular menu items among others.
Tea House/Coffee Shop Steak and Burger steak
Located in the Kitazawa Floating Ore Dressing Plant, a historic site, the restaurant offers a spectacular view of the ore dressing plant as well as the 50-meter thickener. The restaurant offers Western-style cuisine, mainly featuring Sado Island Kurobuta pork, which is raised by Ryokan Urashima. We also offer drinks only, including original drinks supervised by Ryokan Urashima.