- Sunflower Field in Ogawa
Sunflower Field in Ogawa
The yellow flowers and azure sea create a stark contrast
The sunflower field in Ogawa is en route to Senkakuwan Bay from the Aikawa town center, along Sado's Ring Road (Prefectural Route 45).
The sea of sunflowers with a backdrop of blue ocean is a must-see stop that cannot be passed by. With the ocean breeze softly blowing, it is a popular place for a break. Many people visit this spot every year to enjoy the view, only available on Sado in summer.
Facility Basic Information
- 2066-1 Ogawa, Sado, Niigata 952-2136
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 55 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Kami-ogawa （Kaifu Line） Approx. 5 minutes on foot from bus stop
Hotel Hot Spring
Hotel Familio Sado Aikawa
A view over the Sea of Japan can be enjoyed from each room. All rooms are spacious, set in the European style with a bath and a separate toilet. The "Island Meal," made with locally produced food is served at the restaurant. Large bathrooms with hot spring water, as well as our barbecue facilities, are popular among our guests. Our original Japanese sake, "Sado Sen'nen no Sugi (1,000-year-old cedar)," also adds colour to your stay in Sado.
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.
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.
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.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
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 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.
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.
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.