Shukunegi - the village of sengokubune, sailingship of Edo era

Unique Experience

Fujiko M.

4.97(30) reviews
English, Japanese
2 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

This small coastal village once prospered as the center of shipbuilding industry during the Edo era.

After the Meiji Restoration, the industry fell ...

Meeting Point

at the bus stop of Shukunegi

old buildings of Shukunegi

ship owner's house, Seikuro

Hakusan-maru, replica ship

Ending Point

at the bus stop of Shukunegi

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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

entrance fee of "Seikuro" 400 yen, Sado-koku Ogi Fork Museum 500 yen

Important Information

Booking should be made 3days in advance.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Gary U.

Apr 30, 2023

Fujiko is the best!

We enjoyed our visit to Sado because our guide Fujiko was not only informative but she shared her passion for her hometown. It was fun to go around the island with ‘the ambassador of Sado’, she made our visit quite welcoming and personal. She adapted the tour to our interests and her English is perfect! What a lovely soul!

Fujiko M.

Dear Gary san, Thank you so mach for writing such a wonderful review of the tour. It's so encouraging. Yes, I will try hard to be an active ambassador of Sado and promote Sado to have more foreign tourists. I hope your safe and wonderful trip ahead. Fujiko


Karen B.

Apr 11, 2023

Excellent tour of Niigata and surrounding countryside

I contacted Fujiko about three months prior to my visit to Niigata with ideas about what I wanted to see. Niigata is in a special area of Japan blessed with a flat plain and wetlands. Fujiko was extremely responsive in our Go With Guide correspondence and also gave a lot of thought to the itinerary based on my wish list. Fortunately for me, Fujiko is extremely knowledgeable about nature, agriculture, botany as well as the city sites of Niigata. Besides the geography of Niigata and surrounds, tasting local foods was high on my wish list. Fujiko arranged a very delicious and reasonably priced dinner featuring local snow crab. As well, she took us to a local sweet shop at my request. Fujiko is extremely fluent and colloquial in her command of English. As well, she is a very nice and kind person. It was a real pleasure to have had the opportunity to spend time with her, discussing all things Japanese, local and otherwise. Our tour was a lot of fun and I highly recommend Fujiko for your tour guide when you are in Niigata!

Fujiko M.

Hi Karen san, Thank you very much for writing such a wonderful review of the Niigata tour. Yes, we discussed a lot about the itinerary because you did a very good research of the places of interests in Niigata. It was a perfect timing to see canola flower at Fukushimagata wetland and sakura in full bloom! But we didn't have enough time to stroll in Furumachi area. Let's do a second tour in the near future!? Thank you again and see you again! Fujiko


Cynthia T.

Mar 24, 2023

Hawaii to Niigata

We really enjoyed our tour with Fujiko-san. She was very knowledgeable about Niigata and explained very well our selected destinations and also pointed out other interesting places and things to see as we walked around the city. We got to learn about the history of the city and about various areas of the city.

Fujiko M.

Hi Cynthia san, Thank you very much for writing a heartwarming review of the tour. It was such a pleasure to be your guide. The weather was a bit cold and I was worried if you might catch a cold! Yes, Niigata is not well known for foreign tourists so far but we have plenty of choices to offer. I'm looking forward to guiding three of you in Sado for your next sake quest tour! Thank you again and see you in the near future. Aloha! Fujiko


Nancy P.

Aug 4, 2020

Amazing day full of a variety of sights

My tour with Fujiko-san was fantastic! She is a great guide - friendly, knowledgeable and always making sure her customers are enjoying their tour. She was very flexible when setting the itinerary, taking into account all of the places I wanted to see and my interests, resulting in a large variety of sights throughout the island. She knows a lot about Sado Island and it was so interesting to hear all about the different places we went to! I had a great time with her and definitely want to visit again to see many more sights on the island! I would recommend having Fujiko-san as your guide if you are thinking of visiting the island. Thank you again Fujiko-san!

Fujiko M.

Hello, Nancy san Thank you very much for writing such an encouraging review of the tour! It was a bit busy tour since we only had 6 hours but I'm happy that you've enjoyed almost to the fullest. But we have much more to offer in Sado and I'm looking forward to guiding you in the near future. Fujiko

$58/ per group