Sado City, Niigata

Located approximately 4 km southwest of Ogi Port, which was a calling port of the Westward Route, Shukunegi prospered as a base of the shipping business in the Sea of Japan from the middle of the Edo period through the Meiji period. Around this time about 500 people and 120 houses gathered in Shukunegi, with more than ten shipowners, as well as seafarers and carpenters. In addition, various types of jobs such as aimonoya (salted fish shop) selling dried fish, okeya (cooper), konya (dyers), kajiya (blacksmiths), and ishiya (stone shop) gathered and developed as a shipbuilding base in addition to the shipping business. The foundations of the townscape building up to the present day were formed.

  • 船主集落
  • 風待ち・潮待ち港

Cultural Properties of Sado City

  • Seikuro House

    A house in Shukunegi of Seikuro Arita, who made their wealth through Kitamae-bune

  • Sankakuya (Triangle House)

    A landmark in Shukunegi where applications of Kitamae-bune shipbuilding technology can be seen in the use of wall plates and nails

  • Shukunegi Hakusan Shrine (Stone Torii)

    The torii of a shrine made of granite that was transported from Onomichi by Kitamae-bune

  • Kisaki Shrine (Main Shrine)

    A waiting place for wind when the shipments of gold and silver came in, and a guardian of Ogicho, which was crowded with entering and existing Kitamae-bune. In the hall, there is a boat votive picture which the sailors of Kitamae-bune dedicated to prayers for maritime safety.

  • Stone for anchoring ships

    A stone for anchoring sculling boats that traveled between Kitamae-bune, which were anchored off the sea, and the coast. It is made of granite carried from Onomichi.

  • Nenbutsu Bridge and Stone Bridge

    A stone bridge made of granite that was transported from Onomichi by Kitamae-bune.

  • Old picture of Ogi-minato (Ogi Port)

    A picture of Ogi Port which prospered because of Kitamae-bune around the end of the Edo period.

  • Daikagura-bugaku of Sado

    A folk performing arts which the sailors of Kitamae-bune dedicated to prayers for maritime safety.