- Nichiren Shonin's Namidaimoku Monument
Nichiren Shonin's Namidaimoku Monument
A monument in memory of Namidaimoku in the Maura area
Namidaimoku Monument (literally means wave mantra) stands in the shore of Maura, where Nichiren Shonin, founder of Nichiren School of Buddhism exiled to Sado, departed from Sado after pardoned by the Kamakura Shogunate. According to the lore in the area, when Nichiren put his palms together and prayed to the sun aboard a boat offshore, seven letters of Namu Myoho Renge Kyo (南無妙法蓮華経) appeared in the waves. Closely related to Nichiren Shonin, the Maura area has many legends, and is dotted with sacred places including Nichirendo Hall, Nichiren Cave, etc.
Facility Basic Information
- 98 Maura, Sado, Niigata 952-0712
- Transport Access
- Ogi Port Approx 20 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Maura （Akadomarisen Line） Approx. 1 minute on foot from bus stop
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Shrines and Buddhist Temples
A walk up the gentle slope, with Akadomari Port in the background, will lead to Zenchoji Temple on the heights, a temple of the Shingon School. It was reputedly founded circa 827. Once every thirty-three years, the main image of the temple, the Shokanzeonbosatsu (Aryavalokitesvara) statue is revealed, which is a lost-wax casting work of the first generation of Rando Miyata. Zenchoji is known as the temporary residence of Tamekane Kyogoku (a court noble) for six years, and in connection with his long-aspired return to Kyoto in 1303, the hidden statue at the upper temple has been worshipped in the name of Kikyo ("coming-home") Kannon. In addition, Mahori Hogan Yoshitaka, a master painter, donated a painting entitled "Kyogoku Bishamonten (Vessavaṇa)". Zenchoji Temple is one of the temples on Sado's Seven Gods of Fortune pilgrimage route. Bishamonten is a god with wisdom and valor, as well as, a god of treasure and happiness, and has been steadfastly worshipped to this day.
Ryokan (Japanese-style Inn)
Oiya Ryokan is just 5-minutes on foot from Sado Kisen Akadomari Ferry Terminal. Frank and chatty Okami (the female manager) will give you a warm welcome. With 300-year-old pine trees, a skylight on the ceiling, and amber-colored corridors, traditions are kept alive here and there in this wooden-structured inn built in the Taisho Period (1912-1926). Oiya Ryokan is an inn which puts passion into its meals. Dishes prepared with shrimps and crabs caught in Akadomari are the main reason for its popularity.
Museums, Art Galleries and Resource Centres
Akadomari Folk Museum
Akadomari Folk Museum is housed in the Akadomari Sogo Bunka Kaikan (Cultural Centre). You will be welcomed by a parade float called the "Odori Yatai (literally: dance float)", which imitates a festival. The 1st exhibition room introduces festivals from all over Sado, such as deity mask dance. In the 2nd exhibition room, folk materials collected from the Akadomari area will give you insight into the history of the villagers' struggles. There is a special section featuring Kaitaro Hasegawa, a native of Akadomari who was a very active novelist under three pen names: Fubo Hayashi, Itsuma Maki, and Joji Tani.
Museums, Art Galleries and Resource Centres Heritage and Relics
Perched on a hill projecting out into the port, the ruins of the castle built by a castle lord in the late 16th century have been converted into a park for the public. The observation tower serves as an exhibition hall for Akadomari's many folk tales, and bronze sculptures depicting scenes from the stories are on display on each floor. Enjoy a panoramic view in 360 degrees: from the lush mountains behind to Akadomari Port right down the hill, and the Echigo mountain range across the sea.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Gift Shops Casual Eatery Sushi Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Chinese Ramen Noodles Government-run Facilities
Akadomari Tourist Centre
Located in one corner of Minato Park, Akadomari Tourist Centre is a government-run facility used for training sessions, and exhibitions. It is closely located to Sado Kisen's Ferry Terminal, where the high-speed passenger boat "Aibisu" departs and arrives, and the on-site restaurant is popular. Among the menu items, including set menus, rice bowls and ramen Chinese noodles, the highlight is the original and seasonal red snow crab all-you-can-eat (available from October-April). Come and enjoy fresh crabs, landed right at the port, to your heart's satisfaction.
Casual Eatery Soba (buckwheat) and Udon Noodles
In Hamochi, "Osaki Soba no Kai" takes place several times a year, where you can enjoy local specialty dishes and hand-kneaded soba (buckwheat noodles), as well as traditional performing arts, attracting many fans throughout Japan. Chobokuri was opened in 2007 by the organising group of Osaki Soba no Kai. Here you can have a simple, but delightful treat of soba noodles made from 100% stone-ground buckwheat all year round. Seeking soba noodles soaked in flying fish based broth, soba lovers visit Chobokuri both from within and beyond Sado. The interior of a quaint Japanese-style house is also a highlight of Chobokuri. The restaurant's name derives from a traditional performing art in the Osaki area, which is performed at Osaki Soba no Kai.
Casual Eatery Tea House/Coffee Shop Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Tempura/Deep-Fried Dishes
Japanese Restaurant Shun
Shun offers daily rotating lunch specials on weekdays, and a "petit" buffet featuring plenty of Sado and Niigata-produced vegetables on weekends and national holidays. This spot serves as a Japanese-style café, too. Visitors can expect a relaxing, leisurely dining experience at dinnertime. Enjoy browsing the handcrafted goods available for purchase, too.