- Kaichoji Temple
Graceful cherry blossoms of Emperor Juntoku
Kaichoji Temple is an old temple of Soto Zen School located in the middle of the hill leading down to Yajima and Kyojima. The two trees of Goshozakura variety of cherry blossoms in front of the main hall are said to have been planted by Emperor Juntoku himself. Each branch produces a blend of single- and multi-layered white flowers, which are very rare, and the cherry trees at Kaichoji Temple are designated as National Natural Monument. Cherry flowers are in bloom from late April until early May.
Facility Basic Information
- 30 Ogi, Sado, Niigata 952-0605
- For inquiries
- Transport Access
- Ogi Port Approx 5 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Yajima Iriguchi （Shukunegi Line） Approx. 5 minutes on foot from bus stop
Minshuku (Japanese-style Bed and Breakfast)
Guesthouse Suehiroso is an inn located on an inlet famous for Yajima and Kyojima, connected with an impressive red bridge. Dishes prepared by the Okami mistress of the inn using home-grown Koshihikari rice, vegetables and local seafood are served abundantly ensuring your satisfaction. Only 10 minutes away by car from Ogi Port, Minshuku Suehiroso is situated in an ideal environment where you can enjoy the traditional activities of Sado, such as the tub boat ride and fishing from the rocky shores. It is also a perfect place for exploring the neighbourhood including Kaichoji Temple known for the magnificent cherry blossom trees.
Minshuku (Japanese-style Bed and Breakfast)
Guesthouse Matashichi sits on an alleyway leading to Yajima and Kyojima with its own distinctive atmosphere. You can enjoy the fantastic combination of home-grown rice and vegetables, and the fresh seafood to your satisfaction, including turban shellfish and seasonal fish grilled at the Japanese style hearth by the Okami mistress, and fresh sashimi. Matashichi also offer hands-on activities such as a tub boat ride operated by the cooperation of the whole village, farming experience, soba making, yachting, canoeing, etc. (Reservation required / some for a charge)
Pleasure Boats Tub Boat Rides
Yajima Taiken Koryukan (experience & exchange centre)
Yajima Taiken Koryukan is nestled at the back of a cove with a view of Yajima and Kyojima. You can enjoy a tub-boat ride in the picturesque scenery of the Sado Geopark and Sado-Yahiko-Yoneyama Quasi-National Park. The centre also offers an array of workshops such as fishing from the rocky shore, dried squid making and soba (buckwheat noodles) making. (Please contact the centre for details.) At the eatery, you will experience the delights of soba and udon noodles with nagamo seaweed.
Ryokan (Japanese-style Inn) Hot Spring Private bath Use of bathing facilities only
Sado Onsen Hot Spring: Ogi-no-Yu
A five-minute car ride from Ogi Port, Ogi-no-Yu is located on a hill with easy access to the town center. From the window facing the Sea of Japan, you can see the sun rise over the sea, right in front of your eyes. This inn, with its own hot spring spa, provides an opportunity to see the two ports of Ogi at the same time, a view that is only available here. One port is Uchinoma (the inside inlet), which flourished as a sengokubune (wooden freight ship) port of call when gold was being shipped in the Edo Period (1603-1867), and the other is Ogi Port, also called Sotonoma (the outside inlet). The hot spring has a pH of 9.54 (without dilution), with a high alkaline content. The texture enchants many people with its reputed skin-beautifying effects. Other attractions on the premises are a restaurant that serves fresh local produce, and lodgings with the warm atmosphere of wood.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Casual Eatery Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Fish Dishes Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Tempura/Deep-Fried Dishes
You cannot talk about dining in Ogi without mentioning Matsuhama. Matsuhama has been the locals' favourite, where they can leisurely enjoy the unbeatably delicious seafood, meat, and drinks. Matsuhama's specialty is a set menu of "Ogi Irifune Gozen", which was created to commemorate Ogi Port's 400th anniversary (reservation required). It is served in a deluxe two-layer box containing sashimi, grilled fish, deep-fried dish, grilled turban shellfish, igoneri (seaweed jelly), and you can enjoy Ogi-landed seafood to the full.
Casual Eatery Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Unagi (eel)
Inayoshi is a popular Japanese restaurant in Ogi. It has earned its reputation for delicious grilled and basted eel. The eel, which is rarely available all year around in Sado, is cooked and glazed with their special sweet sauce that is a signature taste of Inayoshi. Kamameshi (hot pot rice) and rice bowl with sauce-flavoured pork cutlet are also popular dishes. They offer three private dining rooms, set meals and noodles, so families can also have a great dining experience. You can also find their popular bento box lunch and cooked food to take away.
Casual Eatery Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Fish Dishes Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice)
Dishes of Fishmonger Uoharu
The first floor of Uoharu is a fishmonger shop, where local fish, caught fresh and purchased at early-morning markets, is sold. The second floor is a restaurant with tatami-mat rooms. Uoharu serves classic dishes, but you can choose your seafood at the shop downstairs and then have it cooked according to your preferred taste. "Rice Bowl with Stewed Abalone" and "Abalone Steak", both of which have captured the media's attention, come highly recommended and add an unforgettable dining experience to your travels.