Nagaoka City, Niigata

Teradomari in the Edo period flourished as a strategic point of maritime traffic. It was also known as the location that provided the most direct crossing to Sado Island from Honshu (the main island of Japan). Due to the wealth brought by Kitamae-bune, many people came here and built settlements by the seaside. Teradomari, as its name suggests, has many venerable temples. It is also called “the Kamakura of the Japan Sea,” where ancient history and the beauty of nature harmonize. It is characterized by distinctive-looking townscapes with small, criss-crossing pathways.

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Cultural Properties of Nagaoka city (Teradomari)

  • The Settlement at Teradomari Port

    The settlements along the coast where the population had concentrated advanced due to the wealth brought by Kitamae-bune. There is a unique townscape, which has many houses lined up along maze-like pathways.

  • Teradomari Okesa (A traditional Japanese folk song)

    This form of entertainment is thought to have originated from the traditional "Haiya-bushi" from Kumamoto and spread by Kitamae-bune.

  • Seitokuji Garden

    A garden created by a Kyoto landscaper using Yamato stone carried by Kitamae-bune.

  • Ship's ema (a wooden wish/prayer plaque) at Shirayamahime Shrine

    Fifty-two ships' ema dedicated by Kitamae-bune shipowners.