Ogi Folk Museum

Niigata Prefecture

Come to this former 1920s schoolhouse, saved from demolition to take up a new life as a folk museum, to gawk at all manner of Sado's cultural artefacts (more than 30,000 items) and a life-size replica of a 19th-century sengokubune freight ship.

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