Reference/Local/Exhibition/Literature Museum Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Yamagata City Folk Museum (Former Saiseikan Hospital Main Building)
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Kajomachi 1-1
    This museum is located inside Kajo Park in Kajo-machi, Yamagata City. Built in 1878 as the prefectural hospital, the “Saiseikan” was relocated and restored, and is now used to exhibit items related to local history and medicine. The building is designated as a National Important Cultural Property.

    It’s a little museum, located inside Yamagata Castle Park, north of Yamagata Station, about 13mins walk (1.1km) Honestly, it was in our plan as it look like “just an old building. We decided to pay...

  • Sake Museum, Toko Brewery
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Omachi 2-3-22 Yanagi Town Upper Street
    This library museum is located in Oh-machi, Yonezawa City, the Kojima Sake Brewery, the producer of the choice sake, Toko. One can learn about the culture and history of sake making through this exhibit displaying the old instruments and records housed in the sake cellar that has been renovated, while preserving the original structure. In the permanent exhibit room, the feudal lord Uesugi Yozan Hall, is displayed materials pertaining to feudal lord Uesugi Yosan, the ancient head of the Yonezawa clan. Here one can learn of his government and character.

    Tucked away in a small mountain city in Yamagata Perfecture is a hidden jewel. Owned and run by the same Kojima family since 1597, Toko not only makes great saké, they also own this fantastic museum...

  • Tendo Municipal Shogi Museum
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    3.5
    39 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Honchou 1-1-1
    The Shogi Museum in Tendo city, with a 95% share of Japan’s Shogi piece production, hosts exhibitions explaining how the game was born, how it came to Japan, Shogi around the world, how pieces are made, and displays of famous works by Shogi craftsmen, all to help visitors better understand and appreciate the game. It’s eight minutes’ drive from Tendo Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    Tendo City Shogi Museum天童將棋館is one of the “bus-stop” in Tendo City during our 2016 Autumn leaf-viewing Trip. The small museum pretty much told the story of Shogi which was not very interesting to us...

  • Yamagata Prefectural Education Museum
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    21 Reviews
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Midoricho 2-2-8
    This museum is in Midori-cho 2-Chome, Yamagata City. The building housing it was built in 1901, formerly the main building of the Yamagata Teacher's Education College, and is a nationally registered Important Cultural Asset. It exhibits materials related to feudal domain and temple elementary schools, and local educational history during and after the second world, as well as materials related to the education college.

    こちらが《国重要文化財》であることから訪問しました。 入館すると 現在は残っていませんが[朝陽学校][旧制山形高等学校]の模型と一緒に こちらの模型と平面図が展示されています(添付 写真参照)。 模型を通じ この建築物を鳥瞰的に眺めることが出来ますので 見逃さないことお薦めします。又 こちらの 左斜め前に[旧山形尋常師範学校・附属小学校 音楽練習教室]があり、外観のみ鑑賞可能です。 山形市内にあり...

  • Miyasaka Archaeological Museum
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
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    Yamagata Yonezawa-shi Higashi 1-2-24
    Located about a seven-minute walk from the JR Yonezawa Station, this history museum introduces the history of Yonezawa City. This museum houses approximately 700 items and documents that the first director, the late Miyasaka Zensuke, spent about 80 years of his life collecting. In addition to the uninscribed sword said to be owned by Uesugi Kenshin, Naoe Kanetsugu's two-piece chain body armor with light blue cabling and rust-colored mail, Maeda Keiji's five-piece vermilion chain armor with purple-cabling with a namban helmet, on display other artifacts, such as earthen bottles, bamboo hats, and documents. There is a special corner with many books and manga open to visitors wanting to learn more about Maeda Keiji

    We spent a happy hour in this little museum with its fine collection of Edo Period armor and weaponry. Sadly very little information in English but most of the dates of items were given in Western...

  • Tourist Cultural Community Center Yamagata Manabi-kan
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Honcho 1-5-19
    This communication space is in Honcho 1-Chome, Yamagata City. Built in 1927, this was the first steel reinforced concrete building in the prefecture, and is a nationally registered Tangible Cultural Property. It was used as Yamagata City Daiichi Elementary School building. It also displays educational and cultural materials, has a tourist information room, event space, children's space, and a community space useful for classes and meetings. It also has a book cafe where you can enjoy your choice of books and coffee.

    こちらが 《国登録有形文化財》であり、JR山形駅構内の観光案内所で入手した《やまがたー建物ー時代絵巻》の記念スタンプ場所であったことから訪問しました。《国登録有形文化財》としては 山形県最初のコンクリート造の校舎[昭和2年(1927)竣工]の為 文化財となっており、外観的に 山形市内の他の《国登録有形文化財》である[山形聖ペトロ教会]のような美しさを感じませんでした。但し こちらの[紅花文庫...

  • Tendo Municipal Former Higashimurayama County Office Archive
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
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    Yamagata Tendo-shi Itsukamachi 2-4-8
    This museum conveys the history of Higashimurayama County. The building was constructed as the county office following the implementation of the county system in 1878. The quasi-western building, which has a tower on the third floor, features an eye-catching design with white walls and a red brick roof. It served as a county office, city office, library, and a number of other roles before finally becoming a museum. The well-preserved and historically significant building has been designated as a Tangible Cultural Property of Yamagata Prefecture.

    入館料200円で明治初期の洋風建築と幕末から明治の天童周辺の歴史が学べます。ステンドグラスや急な階段、オルガン(弾いてよい)に往時を偲びました。学習室は休憩室にもなっていて、インスタントのコーヒーやココアが無料でいただけます。

  • Dewanoyuki Sake Brewery Museum
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Oyama 2-2-8
    This is a library museum in Oyama, Tsuruoka City. Annexed to the long-standing headquarters of choice Dewanoyuki Sake maker, this museum exhibits memorable equipment and documents for sake brewing. Aspiring to familiarize the residents with the history and culture of sake making, there are tours and sake-tasting available for all visitors. It's truly a museum of a different flavor.

    Our last stop in the Shonai area before travelling into the Mogami area, we managed to squeeze 30 mins out of our tight schedule to visit this interesting museum cum brewery where their sake was...

  • Shinjo Furusato History Center
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Shinjoushi Horibatamachi 4-74
    This museum displays about 10,000 pieces of items related to domestic life. Shinjo once prospered as a castle town, and you can learn about its history and culture here. In the festival hall, they display two of the leading floats used in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Shinjo festival. They also have films of the festival on display. In the Living National Treasure Silversmith Hoseki Okuyama Memorial Room and Western Painter Zenjiro Chikaoka Memorial Room, pieces by these master artists are always on display.

    Revisit your childhood here with many artifacts from the 20th century. A very clean and neatly kept museum with a wealth of items that will warm your heart and make you smile and laugh with...

  • Sakata City Historical Museum
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Yamagata Sakata-shi Ichibancho 8-16
    This museum is in Ichiban-cho, Sakata City. Its collection holds materials related to the history and folklore of Sakata, with a permanent exhibition and temporary exhibits as well. It also has exhibits related to the great Sakata Fire of 1976, which caused serious damage to the city center's commercial district.

    if you are in the area, this is a wonderful little town to visit. we visited a wonderful museum, shinto shrine, old temple/school. We were driving from akita prefecture to niigata prefecture and...

  • Kahokucho Benibana Museum
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunkahokuchou Yachi Bo 1143
    This is a library museum, founded in 1984, in Kahoku Town, known as the home of safflowers. In this building, the former residence of the wealthy merchant Shirobei Horigome, is preserved over 5,000 household items, weapons and literature. The straw weaving and safflower dying corners allow you to try their hand at these skills, and you can purchase local souvenirs and many safflower products at the museum shop.

    紅花資料館の他豪農の雛人形、紅花染めの振り袖の展示があります。出口付近には期間限定半額キャンペーンしてます。

  • Furusawa Sake Brewery Museum
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Sagaeshi Marunouchi 3-5-7
    This venerable sake brewery museum is in a building where sake was brewed until 1983, and is free to enter. It displays sake brewing equipment like Sawa-style rice polishers (jointly developed by the founder), the koji room for koji making, and large wooden vessels. They also have a tasting corner where guests can try various Furusawa Shuzo sakes.

    「澤正宗」で有名な酒蔵ですが、数種の利き酒がいただけます 酒蔵-酒造りの歴史を伝えるべく展示室を見ることが出来ます 国産初の電気冷蔵庫や先代が開発した澤式精米機等、一見の価値ある酒蔵です

  • Warabe no Sato Historical and Cultural Art Museum
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Zao Onsen Doji Daira 1138
    This museum is on prefectural route 21 in Doshidaira, Zao Onsen, Yamagata City. It encompasses five warehouses and buildings of historical value, including an Anzaisho, or stopping point, used by the Meiji emperor during an official tour of the Tohoku region. The buildings have a variety of materials on display, including items donated by the Imperial family, pieces related to the lords of Yamagata Castle, and papers and texts left behind by artists and writers who have visited Zao. There is also a dining room serving Jidori Soba, made with Zao-grown organic buckwheat and free-range chicken.

    We didn’t have time to go to the museum, but we had a good lunch at the restaurant that is in an old house on the museum grounds. Although the food at this restaurant was rather ordinary, the place...

  • Nagai City Kodai no Oka Museum
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    5 Reviews
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    Yamagata Nagai-shi Kusaoka 2768-1
    This cherry tree is in Kusaoka, Nagai City. The Edo-higanzakura cherry is about 1,200 years old and 18.8 meters high, and has the distinction of being one of the largest privately owned trees in the country. It is also a National Natural Monument. Legends tell of how Date Masamune hid here from danger in a battle.

    資料館の隣のお蕎麦屋さんがとても良かったです。 お蕎麦、おつゆの美味しさはもちろん 縄文風の食器が使われていました。 GWに友人家族と一緒に3家族で訪れました。 友人家族はバンガロー、私たちはテントサイトにテントを張りました。 テントサイトはとても広くGWにもかかわらず他の人はいませんでした。 平らで草の地面はとても柔らかく過ごしやすいキャンプ場です。 トイレ、シャワーもきれいです。 展示物がある...

  • Basho, Seifu History Museum
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    4 Reviews
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    Yamagata Obanazawa Nakamachi 5-36
    About a 10-minute drive from the JR Oishida Station, this library museum is dedicated to archiving and displaying artifacts related to Matsuo Basho, author of Okunohosomichi, ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’, and to the merchant prince and haiku poet of Obanazawa, Suzuki Seifu. The building, a replica and refurbishment of the architecture of a late Edo period merchant residence, is a treasure on its own. The warehouse is provided with latticed shutters for fire prevention, and the main building is a chumon-zukuri structure with a bisecting earthen hallway. In addition to introducing the friendly relationship of the two poets, the museum also displays artifacts related to the life and history of Obanazawa, hosting special exhibits, presentations, and exhibit commentary.

    入場料200円で様々な歴史的資料が見れる場所。松尾芭蕉が13泊したとされる地。建物自体も古く面影がある。銀山温泉に向かう途中によるのがおすすめ。

  • Yamagata Prefecture Local Museum Bunshokan
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Hatagomachi 3-4-51
    Yamagata Prefecture Local Museum Bunshokan is located along Prefectural Route 49 in Hatagomachi in the city of Yamagata. It is housed in the remodeled and repurposed former Prefectural Office and Prefectural Assembly Hall (built in 1916). This English Gothic Revival-style building has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the national government. The museum contains exhibits about the remodeling of the building and the history and culture of the prefecture. In addition, it is possible to rent the hall, the meeting rooms, the central courtyard and other areas for various events.
  • Kaminoyama Castle Folk Museum
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    Yamagata Pref. Kaminoyamashi Motojounai 3-7
    The ruins of this castle are in the Tsukioka Park in Motojonai, Kamiyama City. Originally this castle was built during the reign of the Mogami as the most southerly fortress of the Yamagata clan, and then refurbished by the Toki clan, after which it acquired the name, The Famous Castle of Ushu because of its magnificent walls. The castle was destroyed upon a national edict in 1692, and today only the moat and stone walls remain. The reconstructed castle is used as a regional museum. In addition to the displayed items, a wonderful view can be had from the uppermost tower.

    かみのやま温泉で一番の観光スポットだと思います。 別名上山城跡です。入場料は420円でお城の中に入れますが、 新型肺炎の時期で閉鎖されていました。しかしお城の周囲 は桜が満開で大変綺麗でしたし、お城も規模は大きくないですが とても綺麗でした。無料駐車場もあります。

  • Oishida Municipal History and Folklore Museum
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Yamagata Kitamurayama-gun Oishidamachi Oishida Otsu 37-6
    Just a 10-minute walk from the JR Oishida Station, this museum houses and displays historical, cultural, anthropological, and seafaring related historical artifacts of Oishidamachi Town, which flourished from their river trade on the Mogami River that runs through the town from the south to the north. Also displayed are cultural treasures and works by famous artists from the regiona including Matsuo Basho, Masaoka Shiki, and Saito Mokichi; the western-styled artist, Kanayama Heizo, and the Japanese-styled artist Komatsu Hitoshi. On the premises is the Chokin Shaoku cottage, in which Saito Mokichi resided during the evacuation, and from which many an exceptional song was penned, later to be included in the songbook Shirokiyama.

    斎藤茂吉が昭和21年2月から翌年11月まで暮らした家。 四季を通じて、この家に住み、歌を読んだのかと思います。 ただの家ですが、不思議な魅力を感じました。

  • Sagae Folk Museum
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
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    Yamagata Sagae-shi Sagae Nagaoka Hei 2707
    This museum is located inside Sagae Park in Sagae Nagaoka, Sagae City. Ancient articles are exhibited there, such as historical records and folk materials from the Nishimurayama County period, and artifacts excavated from the historical ruins in the surrounding area. The museum is housed in the former Nishimurayama County government office and assembly hall, both of which have been designated as Tangible Cultural Properties of the prefecture.

    4月中旬辺りから5月にかけて郷土館のある寒河江公園で行われる桜・つつじまつり期間中は、入館無料です。 公園の桜を見たついでに寄りましたが、郷土館の辺りでも桜が咲いていて、野点などのイベントが行われていました。 館内では寒河江の人々の暮らしの道具や資料などの展示、郷土の名士の解説などがありました。

  • Mamurogawa Municipal Museum of History and Folklore
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    Yamagata Mogami-gun Mamurogawamachi Aramachi 233-1
    This museum is located along Prefectural Route 35 in Aramachi, Mamurogawa Town, Mogami County. Its exhibitions center around the theme of living and working in the forests. The museum also has around 200 saws, forestry tools, hunting tools and everyday items from throughout the ages, as well as works by Mokurei Nakagawa, a local printmaker.

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Although often overlooked, Yamagata prefecture by no means lacks appeal: the Yamadera temple trail through the mountains, deliciously tender Yonezawa wagyu, and over 100 steaming hot springs, most notably Zao Onsen, await visitors. When winter comes, the snowcapped peaks become dotted with skiers by day and onsen-goers by night, while summer brings the celebration of juicy Yamagata cherries.

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