One of the best places in Sado to see red leaves and cherish autumn colours in mountains
Sansuke and Okiku, who are reputed to started rice cultivation in Sado, are enshrined at the two peaks of Mt. Ogamiyama and Mt. Megumiyama in the middle of the Kosado area. The southern slopes are known as a spot to see beautiful autumn foliage, and lead to Momijiyama Park. You can walk around the park on a promenade and enjoy views from a viewing deck in the park.
Facility Basic Information
- Hamagawachi, Sado, Niigata 952-0823
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 55 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Momijiyama （Iwakubi Line） Approx. 0 minutes on foot from bus stop
Ogura Senmaida (terraced rice fields)
Small rice fields are located side-by-side on a slope of a mountain close to Ogura Dam, along Prefectural Route 181 stretching through Hatano to Oda. Ogura Senmaida is Sado's representative terraced rice fields, and these fields are said to be cultivated to feed an increasing population as a result of the thriving gold mine in the Edo Period (1603-1867). Although the terraced rice fields were once on the verge of being set aside or abandoned, local people now work to manage and maintain the fields by introducing field ownership system from around 2000.
Iwakubi Shoryu Tanada (terraced rice fields)
The terraced rice field stretches in the mountains over 350m high in the Iwakubi area. The rice paddies have been passed down since around the Edo Period, and about 460 paddies remain until today. Making full use of the land with a steep slope, local people cultivate the rice fields in various size and shapes, which stretch to the top of the mountain like a dragon rising high into the sky. The scenery is particularly spectacular when the morning sun shines on the rice fields filled with water in early spring. The view from the viewing hut is also stunning.
Minshuku (Japanese-style Bed and Breakfast)
Minshuku Azuma has a view of the calm Maehama coast and the gently ascending lines of the Kosado mountain range. The inn stands in the midst of nature, in the warm south of Sado. The scenic, beautiful inlet of Mushiroba Coast is fascinating. You can feast on home-grown rice and vegetables, fruit (including persimmons), seafood directly sourced from fishermen, and seasonal mountain vegetables. Relax and unwind with the wholehearted hospitality unique to Sado.
Stay in an old Japanese-style house tucked away in a village, and engage with the local life of the season by joining our optional events including: strolls, rice planting, persimmon picking, rag-weaving, lotus root digging, rice harvesting, and more! It is our hope that by touching various aspects of island life—natural landscapes changing with the season, a variety of traditional culture, a myriad of local food, numerous people beating to their own drums, and diverse architecture—you will leave with special memories and the desire to return again. May Sado Island be your second home offering colorful memories.
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.
Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Fish Dishes
Shikisai Kappo Den
Shikisai Kappo Den is a Japanese-style restaurant offering a variety of dishes utilizing local ingredients. Every dish is lovingly and carefully prepared by the chef. Delve into deliciousness accompanied by Sado's local and tasty sake. Lunch is served only on weekdays.
Casual Eatery Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Fish Dishes Sushi Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Tempura/Deep-Fried Dishes
Ougi Zushi is a sushi bar located on main street, and a popular venue for leisurely lunches and dinners . You can feast on sushi crafted with seasonal seafood toppings and sushi rice served at body temperature with mild acidity. Other highlights include seasonal miso soup. Ougi Zushi also serves unagi (grilled and basted eel) in summer and hot pot dishes in winter. The voluminous "tendon" (rice bowl with tempura) is popular at lunchtime. Ougi Zushi provides three sections with tatami mat flooring, and is ideal for parties.