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[Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island] Too Blue Sea, Wooden Grave Tablets and Stacked Stones with Dreadful Atomosphere Can Be View in One of 5 Major Sacred Places in Southern Hokkaido

October 5th, 2016

Sainokawara Park

Sainokawara Park (河原公園) is a park at the northmost point of Okushiri Island (奥尻島), and the whole area of Cape Inaho (稲穂岬) has been maintained as the park. Stones piled up for mourning over marine accident victims, drowned people and deceased children at 6 ha of a rocky seashore, so this place seemed to be named as "Sainokawara (賽の河原)" by its view. The Sainokawara Park is one of 5 Major Sacred Places in Southern Hokkaido along with Sasayama Inari Shrine (笹山稲荷神社) in Esashi, Ota Shrine (太田神社) in Setana, Monshoan Temple in (門昌庵) Yakumo and Sainokawara (賽の河原) in Esan. The park is windswept, so the wind is blowing hard. A camping ground, a baseball ground, an observatory deck and a restraunt "Kita-no-Misaki Sakurabana (北の岬さくらばな)", a public restroom and a parking lot are built at the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Sainokawa Park
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island
Stones Piled up
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island

Movie of Sainokawara Park

Restraunt, Baseball Ground and Observatory Deck
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island
Restroom and Common Kitchen
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island
Sumo Ring!
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island
Parking Lot
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island

In Buddhism, The Sainokawara is a riverbank of the Sanzu-no-kawa River (三途の川) between this world and afterlife. It is said that deceased children before their parents die heap up the stones for praying for the happiness of the parents and complete it, and their wishes are realized. Therefore the deceased children are busily heaping up the stones, but Oni in the hell will break their stacked stones, so their wishes can not be realized. This is a sad tradition. Image of Buddhist Hell is here. Fortunately, do not worry because there is not the Oni at this park. But the oni seemed to once appear only when the tsunami came. By the way, Sainokawara Festival (賽の河原まつり) is held only in a day, late June.

Inahomisaki Lighthouse
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island

Movie of Sainokawara Festival

Okushiri Island

Okushiri Island (奥尻島) that about 2,800 people live is a remote island with about 18 km in circumference in the southern part of Hokkaido. It is locatd about at the westernmost part of the Hokkaido, and the island from north to south has a similar shape to Rebun Island (礼文島). About 32,000 tourists come here. Speaking of the Okushiri Island, clear blue sea called Okushiri Blue is famous, and sea urchin, abalone and wine are noted product. The main of Okushiri tourism is going a round the island. The Okushiri Island is roughly divided into 4 areas, Okushiri Area with Okushiri Ferry Port, Aonae Area with Okushiri Airport, Northeast Area and Northwest Area. Article is here

Okushiri Island
Okushiri Island

Look of Sainokawara Park

It does not mean that a lot of people died here. But Mr. Nobuhiro Takeda (武田信広), ancestor of Matsumae clan (松前藩), knew about this place 500 years ago, and seemed to held a memorial service, so this place would be considerably known from old days. The too blue sea and wooden grave tablets have very dreadful atmosphere.

Huts of Worship
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island
Wooden Grave Tablets Have Dreadful Atomosphere
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island
Stacked Stones
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island
Stone Images of Jizo and Memorial Monument
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island
Many Stacked Stones. So I Can Not Find Those.
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island
Stone Images of Jizo and Path to Seashore
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island
Stacked Stones
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island

Atmosphere of Sainokawara Park Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sainokawara Park

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (60 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-1397-2-3408
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 781 892 823*08

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Okushiri Island. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Northeast Area

Oyado Kikuchi(御宿きくち)
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Tabi-no-Yado Osuda(旅の宿 大須田)
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Minshuku Kimurasanchi(民宿木村さん家)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Inaho(民宿 いなほ)
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Jalan
Rakuten

Okushiri Area

Minshuku Oguro(民宿おぐろ)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Travel House Omoide(トラベルハウス思い出)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Hama Ryokan(浜旅館)
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Jalan
Minshuku Kawajiri(民宿川尻)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Kobayashi(民宿小林)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Furusatokan(民宿ふる里館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Ishioka(民宿いしおか)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Seiunmaru(民宿清運丸)
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Rakuten

Northwest Area

Okushiri Guesthouse Imacoco(奥尻ゲストハウス Imacoco)
Minshuku Kasai(民宿かさい)
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Jalan
Rakuten

Aonae Area

Okamoto Ryokan(岡本旅館)
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Minshuku Nattsu(民宿 ナッツ)
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Jalan
Kikuchi Ryokan(菊地旅館)
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Jalan
Ryokan Aobaso(旅館 青葉荘)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Doi(民宿土井)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Asahi Minshuku(朝日民宿)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku without Meal Shima-Jikan(素泊民宿 島じかん)
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Ryokan Takedaso(民宿旅館 竹田荘)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Pension Koyama(ペンションこやま)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Okushiri is here

Okushiri Island

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