During the Edo period, Shukunegi developed as a shipping business community. The town is now nationally designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. The houses found lined up in Shukunegi were built by the town’s shipwrights. In order to make the most out the narrow land, the houses generally did not have a garden and were built as tall two storey houses. The little alleyway running through the south side of the community called “Yosute Koji” still has the old cobblestone paving laid back in the day, giving it that historic vibe. Take a stroll down this worn down alley and feel the history of the town for yourself!
A must-do activity at Shukunegi is the “Tarai Bune” or “Tub Boat” boat ride program! The tarai bune boat is basically a large barrel cut in half, and the locals often call it a “half-cut”. The tub boats are still used today for fishing abalone and sea snails etc as well as collecting seaweed. At the complexly shaped coast of the Ogi peninsula, the boats are great for accessing areas that any normal boat wouldn’t be able to get to. So why not hop into a tarai bune tub boat and check out Shukunegi from the ocean too!
※Caution when sightseeing
There are still locals living within the preserved district. When you visit, make sure to be considerate to the locals by not littering or walk around smoking cigarettes.
- 0.5 Hours
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Shikunegi, Sado City, Niigata
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- March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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