What to Expect
This small coastal village once prospered as the center of shipbuilding industry during the Edo era.
After the Meiji Restoration, the industry fell into decline due to the overall Westernization and the development of other transportation networks like railways.
The village was once almost forgotten.
However, the descendants stood up to restore the legacy of their ancesters and have been working hard to keep it.
Building the exact replica of the old Edo-era sailing ship shows their enthusiasm and solidarity.
In this tour, we stroll in the village, visiting one of the ship owner's house called "Seikuro" which is open to the public.
You can see the skillfully built houses by ship carpenters.
Then we visit Sado-koku Ogi Folk Museum which houses the exact replica of the old sengokubune ship called "Hakusan-maru", thousands of folkcrafts, household utensils, ship carpenters tools and more.
Shukunegi was registered as the district of the Groups of Traditional Buildings.
Once you step inside, you are in the maze of Edo era.
* Special notice: "Seikuro" will be closed until Mar.31
Sado-koku Ogi Folk Museum will be closed on Mondays until March, 2016
Also closed from Dec.29 - Jan.3 for new year holidays.
*Special choice: If some of the facilities are closed, we can go to Iwayasan Cove nearby to see 88 stone statues
for a short pilgrimage.