Sosha Shrine Noh Stage

Sagiryu Kyogen performances are offered on the Eve of the Annual Festival

Located in the lush greenery of the Yoshioka community, Sosha Shrine combines worship of all the deities enshrined in the nine shrines on Sado listed in the Engishiki Shrine Register, under one roof. It originally sat near the ancient provincial office of Sado (today's Danpujo castle ruins), but is said to have been transferred to where it stands now in 1307. Within the precinct, there is a Tenmangu shrine as well as a Noh stage equipped with a spacious audience area, which is thought to have been constructed around 1900.
Many Noh performances have been held on this stage, which has a concave-tiled gable roof and a main entrance on the gabled side. The stage is comprised of main and rear stage areas, and the wall at the back has the traditional painting of a pine tree. The passageway connects the stage and the room behind the curtain where actors prepare. The layout of the stage facing the main hall of the shrine follows Sado's Noh stage style, and is designated a City Cultural Property. On the Annual Festival Eve, Sagiryu Kyogen performances (Prefectural Cultural Property) are offered by the Sado Sagiryu Kyogen Study Group, which is striving to pass down and spread this art form.

  • Shrines and Buddhist Temples
  • Noh Stages
Address
793 Yoshikawa, Sado, Niigata 952-0312
Transport Access
Ryotsu Port Approx 25 by car
Nearest bus stop
Yoshioka(Minamisen (South Line)) Approx. 5 minutes on foot from bus stop
Parking
Not Available