1. Benkei no Hasamiiwa
Folklore Strange Rocks and Bizarre Stones

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

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