- Iwakubi Shoryu Tanada (terraced rice fields)
Iwakubi Shoryu Tanada (terraced rice fields)
Rice terraces in Iwakubi, where rice is nurtured by crystal stream of mountains and gentle morning sunlight
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.
Facility Basic Information
- Iwakubi, Sado, Niigata 952-0857
- For inquiries
- Sado Tourism Association Sado Tourist Information Center： 0259-27-5000
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 45 minutes by car
If you travel to Iwakubi Shoryu terraced fields by bus, please be sure to check the timetables provided by Niigata Kotsu Sado as the service is very limited. The nearest bus stop is Iwakubi on the Iwakubi Line. http://www.sado-bus.com/route
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.
Shrines and Buddhist Temples
Matsugasaki is said to be the place where Nichiren Shonin arrived on Sado. Hongyoji Temple was established by Futsujubo Nichiryo (Buddhist monk who was a strong believer of Nichiren) to commemorate the Nichiren's first step on Sado. Within the grounds, you can see the stone statue of preaching Nichiren Shonin, and a large tree of Japanese zelkova (kayak in Japanese) called "Okeyaki", under which Nichiren kept the night dew out after landing on Sado.
Matsugasaki History Park
Matsugasaki History Park is a leisure spot featuring a free campground and a beautiful park perfect for a stroll, with the pure white Konose Lighthouse and the Sea of Japan right before your eyes. In ancient times, the area once flourished as the main gateway to Sado Island from the mainland Echigo (Niigata), and is also known as a landing point of Nichiren Shonin (Buddhist monk) and Zeami (a playwright who perfected the art form of Noh), both of whom were exiled to Sado. Port Observation Point, a re-creation of the Sado Commissioner's Office in the Edo Period (1601 – 1868), offers a sense of ancient culture.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Tempura/Deep-Fried Dishes Grilled Skewers/Yakitori/Chargrill Italian Cuisine Other
Izakaya Matoi, located on a corner in a rustic setting, specialises in chicken dishes. The kitchen serves over twenty kinds of chicken dishes such as Chicken Nanban (marinated deep-fried chicken) with tartare sauce containing boiled eggs, nibbles, pasta, pizza and rice or noodle dishes. The wide range of menu items enchants its customers. Yakitori, finished with a special sauce passed down from the previous generation, consists of various items from rare parts to original, creative ingredients. "Sado's Special Big Takoyaki" which won the grand prize of "Sado Island's Gourmet Contest" is highly recommended.
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.
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.