Information on express buses, route buses and airport buses to Shonai ‘Tsuruoka Sakata and other areas’ Yamagata.

SHONAI KOTSU 庄内交通

SIGHTSEEING BUS ROUTESSAKATA-YUNOHAMA LINE

Bus Stops at Tourist Attractions

A guide to major tourist attractions and nearby bus stops along the “Sakata-Yunohama” Line.

Clicking the names of tourist spots on the route map will direct you to detailed information.

Route Map & Bus Stop Honma Museum of Art Sankyo souko HonmaResidence Abumiya Residence Sanno Club Soma-ro

Tourist Attractions

Honma Museum of Art

Originally a country house of the Homma family, a wealthy merchant of the Edo period, constructed and named “Seienkaku” by the fourth generation Kodo Homma in 1813 as a countermeasure against layoffs of harbor workers during the winter, the house was opened to the public as a museum in 1947. Its garden, “Kakubuen”, is known as one of Japan’s representative gardens and designated as a scenic beauty by the national government. Since its inauguration, the museum has exhibited a wide range of works, from antiques to modern artworks and historical materials.

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Place:
Honma Museum of Art
Location:
7-7, Onari-cho, Sakata(Map
Telephone:
+81-234-24-4311
Open:
Apr-Oct 9:00-16:30
Nov-Mar 9:00-16:00
Closed:
Tue and Wed from Dec to Feb,
the Year-end and New Year holidays,
the exhibition installation
Fee:
Adult 900yen,Student 400yen,
elememtary/junior high school student:Free
URL:
http://www.homma-museum.or.jp/

Bus Stop

Shoko Bus Terminal

Sanno Club

It was founded in 1895 with the business name “Uhachiro.” After the war, it was renamed “Sanno Club” and was in business until 1999, for over 110 years, as one of the oldest established restaurants representing Sakata. Its detailed, elaborate and elegant architecture was registered as a tangible cultural property by the national government in 2003. Since then, it has been open to the public as a tourist base. The building houses, among others, an exhibition corner of the Kitamaebune period and the permanent exhibition of “Kasafuku,” a type of hanging ornament.

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Place:
Sanno Club
Location:
2-2-25, Hiyoshi-cho, Sakata(Map
Telephone:
+81-234-22-0146
Open:
9:00-17:00
Closed:
Tue from Dec to Feb
(Wed instead if Tue is a national holiday),
29 Dec-3 jan
Fee:
Adult 310yen,Student 210yen,
elememtary/junior high school student 100Yen
URL:
http://sannou.matizukuri.info/

Bus Stop

Kotobukicho (3 minutes from Sakata Sta.)

Fare

210yen (from Sakata Sta.)

Soma-ro

You will be welcomed by the thatched gate and red walls. Somaro, also called “Maiko Chaya,” is a historic spot where you can feel cultural exchanges between the port town Sakata and Kamigata. As the name implies, it is a place to enjoy the fascinating dance of maiko and meals. Inside the building, you will find the Takehisa Yumeji Museum as well as exhibitions of hina dolls and antique artworks. Former restaurant “Somaya,” or now “Somaro,” where you will find an exquisite space combining traditions and new breaths, is registered as a tangible cultural property by the national government.

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Place:
Soma-ro
Location:
1-2-20 Hiyoshi-cho, Sakata(Map
Telephone:
+81-234-21-2310
Open:
10:00-17:00
Closed:
Wed, the Year-end and New Year holidays
Fee:
Adult 700yen, junior/senior high school student 500yen, elememtary/kindergarten pupil 300yen
ticket for entry and performance viewing 1,000yen
URL:
http://www.somaro.net/

Bus Stop

Kotobukicho (3 minutes from Sakata Sta.)

Fare

210yen (from Sakata Sta.)

Honma Residence

In 1768, this samurai residence with a Nagayamon-style gate, ranked as a 2,000-koku hatamoto, was constructed by the third generation Mitsuoka Homma as a tribute to the Sakai family, the lord of Shonai Domain, to be used as a visiting inspectors’ quarters. It is a rare construction with the rear side being a merchant house and two different architectural styles combined in the same building. Later, it was bestowed by Sakai to the Homma family, and until the spring of 1945, it was used as Homma’s main residence generation after generation. After the war, it was used as a citizens’ public hall of Sakata City, and was opened to the general public in 1982. It is the oldest wooden structure in Sakata City and is a designated cultural property of Yamagata prefecture.

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Place:
Honma Residence
Location:
12-13, Niban-cho, Sakata(Map
Telephone:
+81-234-22-3562
Open:
9:00-16:30
Nov-feb 9:00-16:00
Closed:
Mid-Dec to late Jan, the exhibition installation
Fee:
Adult 700yen,Student 300yen,
elememtary/junior high school student:200
URL:
http://hommake.sakura.ne.jp/

Bus Stop

Honcho Shoginmae
(5 minutes from Sakata Sta.)
1 minutes walk

Sakata Shiyakushomae
(6 minutes from Sakata Sta.)

Fare

210yen (from Sakata Sta.)

Historic Abumiya Residence

It is the former residence of Abumiya Sozaemon, who made a fortune as one of the major shipping agents in the city and was a primary figure among the 36 ministers of Sakata. It was a famous merchant family that even made an appearance in “Nippon Eitaigura” (The Eternal Storehouse of Japan) written by Saikaku Ihara, and the heads of the family traditionally went by the name “Yorozuya Sozaemon.” The “stone-weighed roof,” on which stones were used instead of tiles, is a must see. The building was used for location shooting for the TV drama “Oshin.”

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Place:
Historic Abumiya Residence
Location:
1-14-20, Nakamachi, Sakata(Map
Telephone:
+81-234-22-5001
Open:
9:00-16:30
Closed:
Mon from Dec to Feb
(Tue instead if Mon is a national holiday),
29 Dec-3 jan
Fee:
Adult 320yen,Student 210yen,
elememtary/junior high school student:100
URL:
http://abumiya.matizukuri.info/

Bus Stop

Honcho Shoginmae
(5 minutes from Sakata Sta.)
1 minutes walk

Sakata Shiyakushomae
(6 minutes from Sakata Sta.)

Fare

210yen (from Sakata Sta.)

Sankyo Souko (Sankyo Rice Storehouses)

As an emblematic figure of Shonai, one of Japan’s leading rice producing regions, the rice warehouses of Sankyo Soko are still in use, without being changed. Surrounded by giant zelkova trees, allowing us to feel cool even in the summer, twelve warehouses annex Sakata City’s Tourism and Products Center “Sakata Yume no Kura” and the Shonai Rice History Museum. With the atmosphere of a prospering rice exporting port, this place is known to have been the stage of the Japanese serialized morning television drama “Oshin,” aired on NHK, and enchants those who visit, together with the aligned zelkova trees that change their appearances according to the seasons.

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Place:
Sankyo Souko (Sankyo Rice Storehouses)
Location:
1-1-20 Sankyo-machi, Sakata(Map
Telephone:
+81-234-24-2233
Open:
Mar-Nov 9:00-18:00,Dec-Feb 9:00-5:00
Closed:
Jan1(Sakata Yume-no-Kura Souvenir Shop)

Bus Stop

Sankyosoukomae
(5 minutes from Sakata Sta.)

Fare

250yen (from Sakata Sta.)