- Chokokuji Temple
A famous temple founded by Kukai (a Japanese Buddhist saint), located in Hase, resembling one in Yamato
Founded by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in 807, Chokokuji Temple is an ancient temple which imitates Hasedera Temple in Yamato (present-day Nara Prefecture). The temple is where Zeami paid a visit after landing on Sado Island, and he mentioned the temple in his book Kintosho (Writings of the Golden Isle). The temple is also known as a temple of flowers, including peony. Chokokuji Temple owns a large number of cultural assets which shadow living history, varying from three Eleven-Headed Kannon Statues (National Important Cultural Properties), to statues of Kongo Rikishi (two wrath-filled guardians of the Buddha) made in the Heian Period (10th-12th centuries), as well as Gochido Hall. Within the grounds, there are also three cedar trees and Japanese Umbrella-pine trees, both of which belong to Niigata Prefecture's Natural Monuments.
Facility Basic Information
- 13 Hase, Sado, Niigata 952-0204
- For inquiries
- Official site
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 30 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Hase （Iwakubi Line） Approx. 1 minute on foot from bus stop
Kamo Shrine Noh Stage
Kamo Shrine was established after Yoshitsuna Minamoto (also known as Jiro Kamo) was exiled to Sado in 1109, by dividing and re-enshrining the gods of Kamo Shrine in the ancient capital city of Kyoto, where he had his coming-of-age ceremony. Transferred from the original location to where it stands now, the shrine buildings were reconstructed in 1694. This shrine considers fowls to be divine messengers, so the buildings have wood-carved nosings shaped like fowl and votive panels with a fowl motif which are dedicated to the shrine, including the Giant Fowl Votive Panel (a City Designated Tangible Cultural Property). At the back of the shrine, there is a free-standing Noh stage representing Sado. The Noh stage at Kamo Shrine is one of the Four Noh Stages in the Kuninaka Area, four prestigious Noh stages where performances were regularly held, including the one at Nyakuichioji Shrine (Sawata Nakahara), Daizen Shrine (Mano Takeda), and Ushio Shrine (Niibo Katagami). Evening Noh performances are held annually in August.
Anjuzuka (Memorial Mound of Anju in Hatano)
Two different versions of the folk tale "Anju and Zushio" have been passed down from generation to generation in Sado. Hatano is arguably the place where Anju passed away while on her way to Kyoto, after she and her brother had a reunion with their mother. This mound is said to be the burial place of some of her mementos such as her favorite comb. It has been worshipped for good harvests, and for miracles in finding a partner and healing eye diseases. Anju Tenjin Festival takes place every summer.
Hot Spring Use of bathing facilities only
LOHAS Inn Koganeso
LOHAS inn Koganeso is located in the Hatano area in the Kuninaka Plain at the heart of Sado. You will be welcomed by the lush nature and delicious fruits of the ground and the sea unique to Sado. With a convenience store 5 minutes away, Koganeso is conveniently located for sightseeing and business. Koganeso and the adjoining Hatano Onsen Shosenkaku shares a front desk. The inn guests can utilise the popular hot spring baths with continuous flows of hot spring water from the source at Shosenkaku.
Shrines and Buddhist Temples
Under Emperor Kanmu's ordinance, Seisuiji Temple was founded in 808 by Ken'o Hoshi, a Buddhist monk who came from Kyoto on a missionary tour. There is Guzeden (literally: salvation) Hall, imitating the wooden stage at KiyomizuderaTemple (written in the same characters as Seisuiji: 清水寺 in Japanese) in Kyoto, but the main object of worship is 1,000-armed Kannon Bosatsu (Guanyin: Goddes of Mercy), also in imitation of Kiyomizudera Temple. Enmeizenzaijurosonten (the god of longevity) is worshipped at this temple, too, and a painting called, "Zenzaijurojin," by Mahori Hogan Yoshitaka, a master artist, was donated. Seisuiji Temple is one of the temples on Sado's Seven Gods of Fortune pilgrimage route.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Casual Eatery Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Fish Dishes Sushi Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Tempura/Deep-Fried Dishes
Ougi Zushi is a sushi bar located on main street, and a popular venue for leisurely lunches and dinners . You can feast on sushi crafted with seasonal seafood toppings and sushi rice served at body temperature with mild acidity. Other highlights include seasonal miso soup. Ougi Zushi also serves unagi (grilled and basted eel) in summer and hot pot dishes in winter. The voluminous "tendon" (rice bowl with tempura) is popular at lunchtime. Ougi Zushi provides three sections with tatami mat flooring, and is ideal for parties.
Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Fish Dishes
Shikisai Kappo Den
Shikisai Kappo Den is a Japanese-style restaurant offering a variety of dishes utilizing local ingredients. Every dish is lovingly and carefully prepared by the chef. Delve into deliciousness accompanied by Sado's local and tasty sake. Lunch is served only on weekdays.
Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Fish Dishes Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Grilled Skewers/Yakitori/Chargrill Chinese Ramen Noodles Yakiniku (Japanese-style barbecue)
Tengu, named after the legendary crow-like yokai with a long nose, has won praise for its fish dishes. The kitchen delivers daily specials centering around sashimi and grilled fish. The chef, who loves fishing, sometimes serves his haul of the day. Chargrilled Yakiniku and Yakitori are popular menu items, be it your main dish or a nibble to accompany your drinks. Tengu serves set meals and Chinese ramen noodles during lunchtime hours. This is a reliable place for a casual lunch, or visiting for food and drinks in the evening.