Watatsu Shrine

Formidable Sado's "Ichinomiya", the highest-ranking Shinto shrine

Watatsu Shrine is dedicated to Isotakeru, a god of Japanese Shinto, and it is worshipped by islanders as a god of traffic safety. This is one of the nine shrines listed on the shrine register of Engishiki (Regulations of the Engi era), and a high class shrine called Ichinomiya. It is said that its precinct, old documents, etc. were flooded out in 1470 and as a result the shrine was relocated to where it stands now. Its origin and history is not clearly known. Watatsu Shrine is a famous spot for the first shrine visit of the New Year, and many islanders visit there from all around Sado.

  • Shrines and Buddhist Temples
550-4 Hamochi Iioka, Sado, Niigata 952-0503
Contact Information
Transport Access
Ogi Port Approx 15 by car
Nearest bus stop
Ichinomiyamae(Watatsu Line) Approx. 1 minutes on foot from bus stop