Sudo Ikaya is located in Sanjo city, Niigata.
Established in 1847 and passing down to the 6th generation now,
Sudo Ikaya is the most historical kite-making specialty in Niigata prefecture.

The “Sanjo hexagon winding kite” created by Sudo Ikaya has a very long history,
Which can be chased back to the jinya (administrative headquarters) in the Muragami han domain in the ancient time.
Todays, “Sanjo Kite-Flying Competition” is held in June every year; it is designated as intangible cultural treasures by Niigata Prefecture in 24th March 2015.
The “Sanjo Kite-Flying Competition” is designated as one of the local folks “competition event of Echigo area”.
And, Sudo Ikaya is the exclusive maker of all kites in the event.
「SANJO ROKKAKU」として世界に知られています。
“Hexagon winding kites” of Sanjo flying up in the sky of June are usually painted with Japanese warriors or traditional play actors in Ukiyo-e style.
The hexagonal kite is made of three bamboo sticks (two horizontal and one backbone), threads (thin threads, thicker hanao stings, and bowstrings), Japanese paper, dying, and glue. The vertical backbone is removable and flexibly foldable, and that’s why it is hexagonal.
Hence, the kite is easily portable. Because of its hexagonal shape it flies up high with just a small amount of wind. Besides, it’s easy to control that make it good to battle up in the sky.
The kite is unique to Sanjo, which is commonly known as “SANJO ROKKAKU” in world.
The origin of the Sanjo kite-flying competition can be chased back to 1649 at the jinya (administrative headquarters) in the Muragami han domain of the Edo period when people flew up kites as a celebration of the Boy’s Festival in the lunar calendar. At that time, kites were all in a rectangular shape (like the “Edo Kite” in modern time) and the jinya office could fly up more than 100 kites, while commoners were only allowed to fly up around 30 to 50. So, the jinya, with larger kites used to win in battles thus participants started to think how to win even with smaller kites; that came the hexagonal shape. Afterwards, the jinya just followed the trend and changed their kites into hexagonal- that is the beginning of the competition that now, the “Sanjo Kite-Flying Competition” is held in the first weekend in June that as many as 18 groups fight for the champion.
〒955-0081 新潟県三条市東裏館2丁目2−16
OPEN 9:00〜18:00
CLOSE 月曜日・その他
2-2-16, Higashiuradate, Sanjo Shi, Niigata Ken, 955-0081, Japan
TEL +81-256-33-0616
OPEN 9:00〜18:00

須藤凧屋 6代目当主

須藤 謙一

SUDO IKAYA, 6th generation owner

Kenichi Sudo
SUDO IKAYA, 6th generation owner SANJO ROKKAKU craftsman
1847年(弘化4年)に創業し、令和元年で創業171年目になりました。昭和初期には、この地に12軒の凧屋がありましたが、今現在、1軒となりました。須藤凧屋は、初代、幸七が創業以降、事業承継を経て、私で六代目になりました。私が作っております六角巻凧は字の通りで六角形の形で、世界でも「SANJO ROKKAKU」として有名です。使用しない時には、中骨(芯棒)1本を外して横骨を中心にくるくると巻いて小さく出来るので、携帯性に優れています。また、揚げても安定性は良いのはもちろんですが、上空での操作性は抜群です。毎年6月第1土・日で開催される【三条凧合戦】にも使用されています。この凧合戦の凧も全て須藤凧屋が製作しています。
“Sanjo Hexagonal Winding Kites” is produced and sold in Sanjo City, Niigata.
Established in 1847, Sudo Ikaya welcomes its 171st anniversary this year in 2019. In early times like 1920s and 30s, there were 12 kite producers in the area while now there is only one. Sudo Ikaya was founded by Mr. Koshichi, the 1st generation of the business and now I am the 6th generation. The hexagonal kites I make are, as named, in hexagonal shape, and known as “SANJO ROKKAKU” in world. The backbone of the kite (the central bone) can be taken out when not in use, so as to make a very compact shape to carry. It is stable in the wind and extremely easy to control. It is used in the “Sanjo kite-flying competition” in the first weekend of June every year. All kites in the competition is made by us, Sudo Ikaya indeed.
1847年 初代 須藤幸七が創業
二代 平助
三代 清七
四代 平次郎【号:秀嵐】
五代 成二【号:光琇】
六代 謙一
1967年 7月に謙一生まれる
1986 年 4月 会社員となる
2008年 六代目を継ぐ
2018年 3月 専業となる
8月 燕三条工場の祭典 六角巻凧でディスプレイ製作
9月 道の駅全国サミット出店
10月 JR東日本上野駅【産直市場】出店 
2019年 1月 三条凧協会会長就任
6月 小規模事業者持続化補助金(日本商工会議所)採択
第34回 国民文化祭にいがた2019
第19回 全国障害者芸術・文化祭にいがた大会
1847, first generation- founded by Koshichi Sudo
Second generation- Heisuke
Third generation- Seishichi
Fourth generation- Heijiro (also named Shuran)
Fifth generation- Seiji (also named Koshu)
Sixth generation- Kenichi
July 1967, Kenichi is born
April 1986, started working
2008, taking over the business as the 6th generation
March 2018, working on the kites as the only full time job in life
August, celebration of the Tsubame Sanjo Factory, production of the hexagonal kite display
September, opened a store in the national road station summit
October, opened a store in the “direct sales market” in Ueno Station, JR East Japan
January 2019, inauguration as the president of Sanjo Kite Association
June, rewarded small-size business continuous allowance (from the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
25th August – 5th September 2019 [in France] participated in a France-Japan project.
16th and 17th September
The 34th Japanese Cultural Festival in Niigata 2019
The 19th National People with Disabilities Arts and Culture Festival in Niigata.
Participation in Giant Kite Project
4th – 6th October
Opened a store in the production land festival


Indulge in the nostalgic style created by Sudo Ikaya.
The traditional Sanjo hexagonal winding kite is undoubtedly a gorgeous decoration for interior. The kite is an emblem of the identity of Sudo Ikaya, and it brings an impressive feel of traditional Japanese harmony.
It is perfect for any corner of your house, like your bedroom or your living room.
Sanjo hexagonal winding kite, the world-unique creation, gives an accent to your living space. Be embraced by the traditional pattern of the magnificent kite.


須藤凧屋の伝統的な三条六角凧は、中骨(心棒)を抜いてしまえば、くるくると巻くことができます。お土産としても非常にコンパクトになります。重量も250gとペットボトルの半分! お土産としての持ち運びも便利な須藤凧屋の三条六角巻凧の飾り凧。おすすめです。
Foldable and highly compact
The Sanjo hexagonal winding kite produced by Sudo Ikaya is highly foldable. The central bone (the backbone) is removable so the kite is foldable. It is your perfect souvenir. It merely weighs 250g, half of a soft drink plastic bottle! Sanjo hexagonal winding kite, your perfect choice as a souvenir and as a decoration. It is simply highly recommended.


●材 質……和紙
●重 量……250g
● Size…38cm (height) x 28.5cm (width)
● Material…Japanese paper
● Weight… 250-gram
● Size of package …28.5cm (height) x 4cm (depth) x 4cm(width)
● Country of Origin…Japan
● Remarks…Kindly ne noted that we do not do unpacking, setting, and displaying.
(To avoid damage and accidents)
● Keep clear of fire.