- Stone Cuddling Plum (Ishidaki no Ume)
Stone Cuddling Plum (Ishidaki no Ume)
An old plum tree closely associated with Emperor Juntoku
This plum tree can be found in the garden of a privately-owned house located en route to Mano Gogyo Mausoleum. The site is believed to have been the residence of the descendants of an Imperial palanquin bearer who served Emperor Juntoku when he moved to Sado. The plum tree is thought to have been planted by the Emperor, himself. Estimated at about 750 years old, the tree appears to be holding the large stone at its base and it is thus called "Stone Cuddling Plum." Fresh pale pink flowers come into bloom around mid-March every year.
Facility Basic Information
- 423 Mano, Sado, Niigata 952-0313
- For inquiries
- Cultural Properties Division, World Heritage Registration Promotion Department, Sado City： 0259-63-3195
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 30 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Mano Goryou Iriguchi （Minamisen [South Line]） Approx. 20 minutes on foot from bus stop
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Gift Shops Museums, Art Galleries and Resource Centres
Sado Rekishi Densetsukan
Full-size robots intriguingly tell of the history and legends of Sado. On the first floor, famous scenes with historical significance are introduced by robots in elaborate clothing which are exact replicas of historical figures. Witness Emperor Juntoku mourning his fate with the moon at the place of his exile, or a famous Tsukahara debate between Nichiren and other priests from other schools, and Zeami (14th-15th-century Noh actor and playwright) dancing to pray for rains. On the second floor, photographs and art objects inspired by Sado's ambiance are on exhibit. Shodo Sasaki Museum is located within the museum, where the works of lost-wax casting by Shodo Sasaki, a living national treasure, are on display. You may also enjoy the taste of Sado at a restaurant on site.
Shrines and Buddhist Temples
Shinrinji Temple used to look after the cremation mound of Emperor Juntoku. Through the religious reform movement (which promotes shinto and destructs Buddhist temples) in the Meiji Period (late 19th century), Shinrinji was recognised as a prefectural shrine in 1874 and renamed it as Manogu Shrine. Along with Emperor Juntoku, it enshrines Michizane Sugawara (statesman worshipped as a god of learning) and Suketomo Hino (disgraced court noble exiled to Sado). The present shrine buildings were erected in 1920. Torii Gate, Shinkyo (sacred bridge), Shinmon Bridge, and shrine office were newly built, and the sanctuary was enlarged with an extension of the approach. Manogu Shrine treasures a single edged dagger, a ink stone, a fan, a suspension vase, and so on, which are considered as mementos of Emperor Juntoku.
Mano Kanko Centre
Mano Kanko Centre is located next to Mano Imperial Mausoleum, and houses a variety of Sado specialties, such as Mumyoiyaki potteries, various sweets, and local Japanese sake. Sado red stones (akadama-ishi) are stones produced in Sado that are highly-prized for their colour, and are displayed at both the Imperial Palace and Ise Jingu Shrine. The stones are exhibited and sold at the Red Stone Garden, scattered with beautifully shiny stones. Meals are available for groups of visitors only, but any visitor can make use of the tea lounge with its view of the Osado Mountains and Mano Bay.
Heritage and Relics
Mano Goryo Mausoleum
Mano Goryo Mausoleum is the official cremation mound of Emperor Juntoku. Emperor Juntoku was forced into exile on Sado when he lost the Jokyu Disturbance. After twenty-two years, he passed away in 1242, at the age of forty-six. His body was cremated the following day, and trees of pine and cherry were planted on the site to mark that which is the present-day cremation mound. His ashes were returned to Kyoto the following year. They were buried near the imperial graveyard of his father, Emperor Gotoba. The cremation mound is handled as an imperial mausoleum under the management of the Imperial Household Agency. The nearby Manogu Shrine enshrines Emperor Juntoku.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Casual Eatery Fish Dishes Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice)
Oshokujidokoro Yuzuru (within Sado Rekishi Densetsukan [Sado History and Legend Museum])
Yuzuru is a restaurant located in the Sado Rekishi Densetsukan. The restaurant is built so it looks like it floats on a pond, where you can enjoy an elegant dining experience whilst viewing swimming carps and the Japanese garden. They are proud of dishes made from fresh seafood, especially their kaisendon, a bowl of rice with sumptuous toppings of seasonal seafood, is filling and recommended. Sado-harvested Koshihikari rice has earned popularity too. Visitors to the Sado Rekishi Densetsukan and non-visitors can both visit the Yuzuru restaurant.
Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Creative Concoctions Fish Dishes Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Grilled Skewers/Yakitori/Chargrill
Chargrill Restaurant Toki
Chargrill Restaurant Toki is nestled in a quiet environment, near Mano's Shopping Street on the side road towards the mountainside. The interior is designed with a stylish counter made of a single hiba arborvitae plate. You can enjoy chargrilled seasonal fish and steak. Expect a wide variety of dishes, including Sado's local dishes, original eclectic dishes, set meals, rice bowls, and noodles. A good selection of local sake that accompanies the dishes is also available.
Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Fish Dishes Sushi
Goshima is a Japanese-style fine cuisine restaurant serving local, delicious fish prepared by the master chef, who learned culinary skills in Tokyo. The customers', especially women's, favourite "barachirashi (sushi rice mixed with various ingredients),”whets your appetite, and delights your eyes and palate. The Chef's Choice Set Meal consists of plenty of fresh fish purchased on the day, and never fails to meet your expectations.