Osaki Hakusan Shrine Noh Stage

A tutelary shrine of Osaki fostering various performing arts

The Osaki community is located up the Hamochi River, which runs through the mountains. Here, the tutelary Hakusan Shrine stands side by side with Miyamotodera Temple. The neatly-built stone walls are beautiful, and after passing through the torii gate, the worship hall encased in the protective forest comes into view. This serene place symbolizes the Osaki area, where sophisticated nonmaterial culture is being nurtured. Inhabitants in Osaki hand down various performing arts such as Chobokuri (the phallus dance) and Bunya puppet theatre, and are thought to be particularly enthusiastic about Noh performances compared to others in Sado. Comprised of a main stage area and a rear stage area, the Noh stage within the compound has a thatched hipped roof and a main entrance on the gabled side. The wall at the back has the traditional painting of a pine tree, and there is a space to hang the big temple bell that appears in "Dojoji," one of the great Noh plays. In recognition of its role in handing down Noh culture, as well as the value of its architecture, this stage has been designated a City Cultural Property.

  • Noh Stages
  • Shrines and Buddhist Temples
Address
1650 Hamochi Osaki, Sado, Niigata 952-0502
Transport Access
Ogi Port Approx 15 by car
Nearest bus stop
Takidaira(Watatsu Line) Approx. 10 minutes on foot from bus stop
Parking
Not Available