- Tassha Beach
A quiet seashore, home to the folk tale of Anju
Tassha Beach is situated in the scenic Senkakuwan Bay. The tranquil, deeply indented inlet is protected by levees and concrete blocks, so it is calm in inclement weather. The water is crystal clear, creating a quiet environment where you can hear the songs of the black-tailed gulls. Close from the Aikawa town centre (approximately ten minutes by car), the beach is popular with families and youngsters in high season. The name "Tassha" derives from the folk tale of Anju.
Facility Basic Information
- Tassha, Sado, Niigata 952-2135
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 60 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Senkakuwan Tassha （Kaifu Line） Approx. 1 minute on foot from bus stop
(free of charge)
- Official Bathing Season
- July 17st, 2021 (Sat.) - August 22th, 2021 (Sun.)
- Period of Lifeguard Cover
- 8:00 to 17:00
[Public Toilet] Men: 2 urinals, 1 Japanese-style toilet / Women: 3 Japanese-style toilets
[Changing Room] 1 room each for men and women
[Shower Room] 2 showers
*Hot shower is coin-operated (200JPY/3 minutes).
- Pebbles / Swimming area marked with buoys / Lifeguard on duty in the daytime
- Beach Huts
- Available to buy
- Beach Equipment Hire
- Ajoining Campsite
There is a heartbreaking story called "Sanshodayu", which tells a story of maternal separation of Anju and Zushio. Tassha Coast is where grown-up Zushio and blind mother see each again and took pleasure in finding each other in good condition (tassha in Japanese). Eye washing jizo statue, which enshrines spring water which healed mother's eyes, are carefully looked after by local people. Tassha Coast, located at a corner of scenic spot Senkakuwan Bay, forms a quiet inlet and has become Sado's representative bathing beach.
Minshuku (Japanese-style Bed and Breakfast)
Guesthouse Iwayuriso is a fisherman-run Japanese-style inn, confidently providing dishes made from fresh local ingredients. The inn is situated on Tassha Coast, which is a popular beach just 10-minutes drive away by car from Sado Kinzan Gold Mine in Aikawa. The inn is also a perfect place to be based for exploring the Sotokaifu Coast, a hidden scenic area. The surrounding area is a central fishing spot for catching black porgy, etc. Guesthouse Iwayuriso also provides fishing boats for hire (for a fee). Special fish prints by fishermen are on display in the lobby.
Ryokan (Japanese-style Inn) Other
Senkakuso is a long-established inn with over 60 years of history, perched on a scenic hill. The dishes served reflect a meticulous attitude towards fish, locally caught in the Sotokaifu area, and allow you to feast on a variety of seasonal seafoods. Senkakuso is ideally located within walking distance of great fishing spots and the Tassha Coast. Loved by celebrities, including Dr Reischauer, an American intellectual, Senkakuso was named by Kazuo Kikuta, who wrote a famous book Kimi no Na Wa (What is Your Name?). The atmospheric furniture also evokes a sense of history.
Heritage and Relics Folklore
Mearai Jizo (Eye Washing Statue of Bodhisattva)
The story of "Sansho-Dayu" is famous for the tale of Anju and Zushio. In it, the grown-up Zushio and his blind mother are reunited, and rejoice over finding the other in good health ("tassha" in Japanese) at Tassha Coast in Sado. Water still bubbles up at the place where the mother washed her eyes, and Mearai Jizo is enshrined there. Anju Jizo Hall stands nearby, where a bath with the spring water has been set up by locals and is available for use.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Casual Eatery Fish Dishes Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Chinese Ramen Noodles Minshuku (Japanese-style Bed and Breakfast)
Guesthouse Senkakuwan stands directly next to Senkakuwan Ageshima Yuen. The inn is perfectly located for exploring Aikawa and Sotokaifu in the neighbourhood of Marine Park in Senkakuwan Bay and Tassha Bathing Beach. Guesthouse Senkakuwan treats guests to fresh, locally caught seafood including deluxe sashimi served on a ship-shaped platter for dinner. The guesthouse is a friendly place where tourists and locals can casually pop-in and enjoy menu items such as set meals and donburi (rice with toppings) prepared with special seafood.
Pleasure Boats Sea Casual Eatery Tea House/Coffee Shop Chinese Ramen Noodles Light meal Other
Senkakuwan Ageshima Yuen
Senkakuwan Ageshima Yuen is a tourist attraction of Ageshima Kyowan (narrow bay), the fifth most scenic spot at Senkakuwan Bay. From the observation deck, you can enjoy a dynamic, panoramic view. The surrounding area is a marine park, designated as one of Japan's 100 Scenic Foreshores. You can also enjoy a cruise around the bay, and the underwater world, aboard a glass-bottom boat (for a fee). On site, there are also an aquarium, which is home to fish found in the sea surrounding Sado, and a resource centre, which displays panels about a famous Japanese film, "Kimi no Na Wa" [What is Your Name?
Casual Eatery Tea House/Coffee Shop Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Soba (buckwheat) and Udon Noodles Japanese-style Curry with Rice Chinese Ramen Noodles
Kinzanjaya is an eatery located in the third car park of the historic site "Sado Gold Mine". You can enjoy lunch made from fresh seafood. Kinzan Soba (buckwheat noodles) topped with chewy mekabu seaweed, shrimp tempura and iwanori seaweed and gold dust is highly recommended. In addition, "Kinzan Curry" served in a shape of Doyu no Wareto (split mountain top of the gold mine), and "Special Kaisendon", are popular menu items among others.