Category: 4.Sightseeing Courses

Homma Museum

Written on 2017-06-08 in 2 ART & MUSEUMS

Since dockworkers lost their jobs during the wintertime, the head of the fourth generation of the Homma Family, Kodo derived a plan to construct and maintain the garden, Kakubuen as a measure against unemployment. Built ...

Jofuku-ji Temple and Kara-mon Gate

Written on 2017-06-08 in 4 Shrines and Temples

Mitsuoka, the third-generation head of the Homma Family, donated the gate to his ancestral temple, Jofuku-ji Temple in 1800. This sturdy but elegant gate built entirely of zelkova wood has withstood many earthquakes. It ...

Sakata Municipal Archives Center

Written on 2017-06-08 in 2 ART & MUSEUMS

The center exhibits articles and documents from the kitamae shipping trade in the Edo period (1603–1867), traditional and folk handicrafts, and photographs from the destructive Sakata fire of 1978.    

Historical Homma Residence

Written on 2017-06-08 in Historical Homma Residence

The Homma Family expanded its business interests into commerce, finance, and landownership. In 1768, the head of the third-generation of the Homma Family, Mitsuoka built the samurai-style house for the feudal lord, Sakai...


Written on 2017-06-08 in Abumiya

During the Edo period, Abumiya became known nationwide as a shipping agent and rice dealer. Abumiya played an important role in the shipping trade, as well as held top economic and political positions in Sakata. The pres...

Kaiko-ji Temple

Written on 2017-06-08 in 4 Shrines and Temples

Unlike mummies in Egypt, those in Japan are self-mummified Buddhist monks called sokushinbutsu, or living Buddha. In ancient times, people suffered from calamities such as crop failure, epidemics, and famine. Monks from ...

Hiyoriyama Park

Written on 2017-06-08 in 3 Gardens

The park is located on an artificial hill. Soil was brought in to create an elevated spot from which shipping agents could look out to sea and watch for merchant ships. Hiyori means good weather, and yama means hill. The...

Sakata Kaisen Ichiba

Written on 2017-06-08 in Exhibits and Foods

Kaisen means seafood and ichiba means market. This two-story building has a fish shop on the first floor. And each restaurant has a restaurant serving various fresh seafood dishes. The first-floor restaurant cooks and se...

Minato Ichiba

Written on 2017-06-08 in Exhibits and Foods

Minato means port. There are seven indoor shops selling fresh seafood, vegetables, fruits, sake, local specialties, and souvenirs. Some have small diners where you can eat ramen or a bowl of rice topped with tuna.  

Obata: NK Agent

Written on 2017-06-08 in Exhibits and Foods

Obata was opened more than 100 years ago and gained renown as a high-class Japanese restaurant until it closed in 1998. The exterior of the building was used as an office in the movie Departures, which won an Academy Awa...

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