Old Aikawa Detention House

The interior behind the bars shadows the old days.

Up the hill on Kyomachi Street in Aikawa, you will see an ivy-covered three-metre high concrete wall. Aikawa Detention House was opened as a branch of Niigata Prison in 1954, and was in use until 1972 when it was relocated in the Sawata area. Designated as Japan's Tangible Cultural Property, this is a wooden detention house still in existence, which is rarely found in Japan. Aikawa Detention House is open to the public and free of charge, so you can take a look around.

  • Heritage and Relics
Address
24 Aikawa Shingoromachi, Sado, Niigata 952-1523
Transport Access
Ryotsu Port Approx 50 by car
Nearest bus stop
Sado Hangamura(Honsen (Main Line)、Nanaura Kaigansen Line) Approx. 15 minutes on foot from bus stop
Parking
Not Available