Sado


Sado Island is an island off of Niigata prefecture. 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.

Myosen-ji Temple
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.

Seisui-ji Temple
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.

Chokoku-ji Temple
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.

Rengebu-ji Temple
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.

Daizen Shrine
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.

Myosen-ji Temple

An ancient temple surrounded by a cedar forest with an impressive five story pagoda that took two generations of temple carpenters to complete
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )

April-October 8:00am-5:00pm
November-March 8:00am-4:00pm
Price FREE
Address Myosenji Temple 29 Abutsubo, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-55-2061
Website http://enjoyniigata.com/english/02/myosenji-temple.html


Seisui-ji Temple

This ancient temple in the lush green mountain was built in the Heian Era to resemble Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto
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Business Hours Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )

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Open to visitors
Address 124-1 Niiboono, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-22-2167


Chokoku-ji Temple

There are 30 kinds of Buddhist experiences. This is a temple filled with entertainment!
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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

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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
Telephone 0259-66-2052
Website http://www.visitsado.com/en/03amuse/01tosee/place-find-id.php?id=d300013


Rengebu-ji Temple

An ancient serene temple whose appearance within a valley surrounded by small mountains has been extolled as being like a lotus blossom
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price FREE
Address 182 Kobie, Sado, Niigata Rengebuji See map
Telephone 0259-86-2530
Website https://www.visitsado.com/en/spot/detail0123/


Daizen Shrine

A shrine with Sado Island’s oldest Noh stage enshrined in the middle of a tranquil countryside setting
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price FREE
Address 562-1 Takeda, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-55-2953
Website https://www.visitsado.com/en/spot/detail0106/


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