Sado Island is an island off of Niigata prefecture. Landmarks include Sado Gold Mine, Toki Forest Park, the Ogi Diving Center and more. It’s an island that still retains its natural beauty, but it’s also a place you can try lots of activities like scuba diving, riding on a “tarai” boat, etc. While on the island visit the following beautiful temples and shrines and find your inner peace.
Find the wooden 5 story pagoda rising from a clearing in the cedar forest. It took two generations of carpenters to finish this amazing structure.
|Business Hours|| Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
|Address||Myosenji Temple 29 Abutsubo, Sado, Niigata See map|
This temple stands on a secluded mountain hidden in the lush forest. It was built to resemble the famous Kiyomizudera in Kyoto. Another interesting fact is that the kanji characters for Kiyomizudera and Seisui-ji are identical. They’re just read differently.
|Business Hours|| Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )
Open to visitors
|Address||124-1 Niiboono, Sado, Niigata See map|
A temple with a variety of activities through which you can experience Buddhism. Other than the usual meditation or sutra copying activities, there are unique activities that are done in the dark. Like hearing a sermon in the dark or walking through the temple in the dark, or even entering a coffin, these activities let you really think about darkness, death and also the opposite.
|Business Hours|| Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
The experiential courses are held at 1pm-2pm
For preferred times outside this time, please inquire directly
Open all year. However, there is a reservation system in place for tours so please make arrangements in advance
|Price||The experiential courses require admission to pay for materials|
|Address||Chokokuji 13, Chokoku, Sado, Niigata See map|
This temple lies in a valley surrounded on all sides by small mountains. This layout is said to resemble a lotus blossom with the temple at its center and the mountains as the flower petals. Thus, this temple is named after the lotus or the “renge” in Japanese.
|Business Hours||Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )|
|Address||182 Kobie, Sado, Niigata Rengebuji See map|
On the grounds of this shrine is Sado island’s oldest surviving “Noh” theater stage. Under its thatched roof, “Noh” theater is performed there every April and June.
|Business Hours||Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )|
|Address||562-1 Takeda, Sado, Niigata See map|