- Benkei no Hasamiiwa
Benkei no Hasamiiwa
A rock thrown by Sado Benkei, such a strongman that Demons Ran Away
Benkei no Hasamiiwa is a peculiar sight located on seashore in Shimoaikawa, along Prefectural Route 45. A wedge-shaped rock is stuck between two giant rocks. Once upon a time, Sado Benkei and his company mountain priests were making their way to Mount Kinpoku for ascetic training, when a demon appeared in an ambush and requested a contest of strength. Sado Benkei threw rocks in the air, and the rocks are said to be thrown onto the beach in Shimoaikawa. A grave of a consummate governor of Sado, Ichizaemon Shizume adjoins the beach.
Facility Basic Information
- Shimoaikawa, Sado, Niigata 952-1501
- For inquiries
- Sado Tourism Association Sado Tourist Information Center： 0259-27-5000
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 55 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Senjoujiki Iriguchi （Kaifu Line） Approx. 5 minutes on foot from bus stop
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5 minutes by car from Aikawa
Heritage and Relics
The Grave of Ichizaemon Shizume
Ichizaemon Shizume is a samurai warrior of Momoyama Period to early Edo Period (1564 - 1627). He played an active role as a vassal of Ieyasu Tokugawa at the Battle of Sekigahara. (The Battle of Sekigahara is a major battle which took place near Sekigahara in 1600 between Tokugawa and Toyotomi. After this battle, Ieyasu acceded to power and established the Shogunate.) After assuming the role of Commissioner for Sado in 1618, he practised a range of policies, and gained in fame as a great commissioner who contributed to development of gold and silver mines. This grave was built in 1845 in memory of his achievement.
Sea Strange Rocks and Bizarre Stones
Known as a scenic spot since olden times, Senjojiki is a flat, rocky shore situated on the coast of Shimoaikawa at the northern tip of Aikawa Town Center. The shore is called Senjojiki (literally: a thousand tatami-mats) because of its flat, vast landform. A bridge spans over the sea toward the seawall, and from there, you can see the rolling surf of the Sea of Japan and observe the rocky shore beneath the surface. A popular relaxing spot for locals, people enjoy strolling along the trail when the sea is calm.
Heritage and Relics
Oma Port was constructed in the traditional method of using slaked lime mixed with other materials, a common building technique before concrete became popular, and was completed in 1892. This port was used for loading ore and unloading materials for the mines, such as coal. This heritage site includes the seawall built of masonry, a truss bridge, loader pier and crane support pedestals.
A well-established confectionery shop rooted in the local community, Kashiho Kisuke sells a variety of sweets, including traditional manju (red bean paste stuffed buns) and baked goods, as well as regular and contemporary cakes.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Tea House/Coffee Shop Steak and Burger steak
Located in the Kitazawa Floating Ore Dressing Plant, a historic site, the restaurant offers a spectacular view of the ore dressing plant as well as the 50-meter thickener. The restaurant offers Western-style cuisine, mainly featuring Sado Island Kurobuta pork, which is raised by Ryokan Urashima. We also offer drinks only, including original drinks supervised by Ryokan Urashima.
Tea House/Coffee Shop Italian Cuisine
Converted from an old Japanese-style house in the Aikawa area, this dining establishment offers a hotel-like atmosphere with a sense of Sado's long-standing traditions. Enjoy dishes highlighting Sado-sourced ingredients while taking in the stunning views of Aikawa. The outdoor terrace is a perfect spot to enjoy a warm and sunny day. This spot also offers a space for rent, so exhibitions and live entertainment are a common occurrence.
Townscape Other Tea House/Coffee Shop
Gashima Cinema is located on historical Kyomachi Street, which connects Sado Gold and Silver Mine with the Sado Commissioner's Office. This former residence of the Sado Gold Mine captain, built about 80 years ago, has been converted into a café while maintaining the ambiance of the olden days. A monthly featured film is shown daily, and a monthly book corner provides movie-related books. An old carbon arc film projector, which was once used at an actual movie theatre, is on display. This spot is perfect for a break on a stroll through history, in the old mining town of Aikawa.
Italian Cuisine Casual Eatery Soba (buckwheat) and Udon Noodles
Soba Restaurant Yozaemon
This relaxing, tranquil restaurant was converted from the home of a mine captain on Aikawa's Kyomachi Street. Highlights include hand-kneaded soba noodles made from home-grown-and-ground buckwheat, soba croquettes, and soba shiruko (sweet red bean soup with soba dumplings). This restaurant is open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays only.