- Saruhachi Terraced Rice Fields
Saruhachi Terraced Rice Fields
Pristine rice terraces surrounded by mountains
Although it is located just 20 minutes by car from the nearest shopping area, thatched roof houses still remain in Saruhachi, creating a fairy tale landscape. Terraced rice fields blend in with the surrounding mountainous area, sometimes called the unexplored land of Sado. Rice is irrigated with the clear, natural streams of Mt. Kyozuka (636 meters), water that is still safe for drinking. Cultivated with great care in this pristine environment Saruhachi-grown rice has an exceptional flavor.
Facility Basic Information
- Saruhachi, Sado, Niigata 952-0215
- For inquiries
- sado tanada conference： 0259-63-3761
- Official site
- Transport Access
- Ryotsu Port Approx 45 minutes by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Hatano Nishimachi （Minamisen [South Line]） Approx. 60 minutes on foot from bus stop
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Museums, Art Galleries and Resource Centres
Torigoe Library is situated in the Saruhachi area deep in the Kosado mountains. About 20,000 books were donated by Bunzo Torigoe, who is an expert in the studies of classical performing arts and serves as a professor emeritus at Waseda University. Ken Nishihashi, a Bunya puppeteer who came to live in Saruhachi from the mainland, also had a role in the donation. Bunzo Torigoe was inspired by Ken Nishihashi, who were actively involved in the community revitalisation by making use of the Bunya Puppet Theatre. Trigoe Library offers access to books related to performing arts and theatre, and other books in a wide variety of genres.
Ogura Senmaida (terraced rice fields)
Small rice fields are located side-by-side on a slope of a mountain close to Ogura Dam, along Prefectural Route 181 stretching through Hatano to Oda. Ogura Senmaida is Sado's representative terraced rice fields, and these fields are said to be cultivated to feed an increasing population as a result of the thriving gold mine in the Edo Period (1603-1867). Although the terraced rice fields were once on the verge of being set aside or abandoned, local people now work to manage and maintain the fields by introducing field ownership system from around 2000.
Shrines and Buddhist Temples Plants
Founded by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in 807, Chokokuji Temple is an ancient temple which imitates Hasedera Temple in Yamato (present-day Nara Prefecture). The temple is where Zeami paid a visit after landing on Sado Island, and he mentioned the temple in his book Kintosho (Writings of the Golden Isle). The temple is also known as a temple of flowers, including peony. Chokokuji Temple owns a large number of cultural assets which shadow living history, varying from three Eleven-Headed Kannon Statues (National Important Cultural Properties), to statues of Kongo Rikishi (two wrath-filled guardians of the Buddha) made in the Heian Period (10th-12th centuries), as well as Gochido Hall. Within the grounds, there are also three cedar trees and Japanese Umbrella-pine trees, both of which belong to Niigata Prefecture's Natural Monuments.
Shrines and Buddhist Temples
Sado Kokubunji Temple
Considered to have been established in 764, Sado Kokubunji Temple (provincial temple) was burnt down several times after lightning strike and great fire. The present-day Kokubunji Temple is located to the east of the old site. The year of establishment is not clearly known, but it is said to be the early Edo Period (early 17th century). Within the grounds lie the main hall as well as Niomon gate with a pair of statues of Buddha's guardians, Rurido Hall, Bell Tower, and so on. The main image of Buddha, a wood statue of Yakushinyorai (Bhaisajyaguru: the Buddha of healing and medicine) survived fires and is installed in the storehouse.
Stores where you can eat and drink nearby
Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Fish Dishes
Shikisai Kappo Den
Shikisai Kappo Den is a Japanese-style restaurant offering a variety of dishes utilizing local ingredients. Every dish is lovingly and carefully prepared by the chef. Delve into deliciousness accompanied by Sado's local and tasty sake. Lunch is served only on weekdays.
Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Fish Dishes Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Grilled Skewers/Yakitori/Chargrill Chinese Ramen Noodles Yakiniku (Japanese-style barbecue)
Tengu, named after the legendary crow-like yokai with a long nose, has won praise for its fish dishes. The kitchen delivers daily specials centering around sashimi and grilled fish. The chef, who loves fishing, sometimes serves his haul of the day. Chargrilled Yakiniku and Yakitori are popular menu items, be it your main dish or a nibble to accompany your drinks. Tengu serves set meals and Chinese ramen noodles during lunchtime hours. This is a reliable place for a casual lunch, or visiting for food and drinks in the evening.
Casual Eatery Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) Fish Dishes Sushi Set menus/Rice bowls/Kamameshi(hot pot rice) Tempura/Deep-Fried Dishes
Ougi Zushi is a sushi bar located on main street, and a popular venue for leisurely lunches and dinners . You can feast on sushi crafted with seasonal seafood toppings and sushi rice served at body temperature with mild acidity. Other highlights include seasonal miso soup. Ougi Zushi also serves unagi (grilled and basted eel) in summer and hot pot dishes in winter. The voluminous "tendon" (rice bowl with tempura) is popular at lunchtime. Ougi Zushi provides three sections with tatami mat flooring, and is ideal for parties.
Kappo Japanese Fine Cuisine at a counter
Ajigokoro Kagura offers three options for traditional Japanese multi-course dinners: Hana (flower) for 3,500 JPY, Irodori (color) for 4,000 JPY, and Miyabi (elegance) for 5,000 JPY. Sashimi, the tempura set and the seafood rice bowl, all prepared with seasonal ingredients, are also gaining popularity.