Riding around Art Town (Sakata City)
This course highlights the local art scene of Sakata City and gives you a greater appreciation of the many talented artists that live here! The course takes you through the Sakata City Museum of Art, The Ken Domon Photography Museum and the Homma Museum of Art! You can also enjoy sightseeing in Sakata by stopping at tourist spots along the way such as the seafood market and the Oranda Senbei Factory.
Sakata Station→Homma Museum→Minato Market→The Ken Domon Museum of Photography→Sakata City Museum of Art→Oranda Senbei Factory→Sakata Station
The recommended course posted on this site uses a service called “Ride with GPS (https://ridewithgps.com/).
- Around 5-7 hours
- About 24km
Rent bicycles for free at Sakata Station to make sightseeing a breeze!
In order to rent the bikes you can directly go to the Sakata Station Tourist Information Center in the Sakata Station Exchange Base Facility “Miraini” and inquire about the free rental cycles!
Address 1-10-1 Saiwaicho, Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture
The Homma family was one of Japan’s richest families and largest landowners during the Edo period and built the villa “Seienkaku” and the Japanese garden “Kakubuen” in 1813 to provide steady work for dockworkers during the offseason as well as to serve as a holiday home for visiting elites and government officials.
At the teahouse in the Seienkaku, you can relax and sip your tea while looking out over the beautiful traditional garden.
In the main hall of the art exhibition, works of art collected by the Homma family, such as old books, antiques, and paintings from all over Japan are on display and rotate frequently. Take a stroll through the garden where you can deepen your appreciation of the arts and peacefully observe the magnificent seasonal views of Mount Chokai.
Opening hours April-October 9: 00-17: 00 Admission until 16:30
Opening hours November-March 9: 00-16: 30 Admission until 16:00
December-February the museum will be closed on Tue / Wed (If a national holiday falls on a weekend the next day will be closed) Also closed on Year-end and New Year holidays
Minato Market is right across from the Sakata Seafood Market, and features a variety of shops selling locally sourced fresh fish, fruits, snacks, and sake!
At Komatsu Maguro, a famous local seafood restaurant, you can enjoy a wide variety of seafood donburi bowls including the mouthwatering tuna bowl that brings in customers from far and wide! The famous “Yamahokodon” is another local favorite and is comprised of a mountain of fresh sashimi served on top of a steaming serving of fluffy rice. The impressive display is served in a cloud of steam from dry ice, making it as equally beautiful as it is delicious!
Address: 2-5-56 Funaba-cho, Sakata-shi, Yamagata
The Ken Domon Museum of Photography
Japan’s first photography museum and the first photography museum in the world to be built just to house the works of one photographer! The museum was built to display the numerous works of Ken Domon, perhaps the most famous and decorated Japanese photographer as well as a proud citizen of Sakata City!
The building itself was designed by noted architect Yoshio Taniguchi of whom shared a close personal relationship with Ken Domon and designed the building, sculptures, and gardens in accordance with what Domon would have envisioned.
Located in Iimoriyama Park overlooking Mt. Chokai, we recommend taking a walk and exploring the grounds as the museum and surrounding areas are just as much art as the photographs inside!
Address: 2-13 Iimoriyama, Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture 998-0055
Business hours: 9: 00-17: 00
Sakata City Museum of Art
Enjoy the finest artists of Sakata at this museum located on a scenic hill overlooking Mount. Chokai, the Mogami River, and the city of Sakata itself! Special exhibitions of famous artists frequently pass through making this an attraction you can visit time and time again! The museum café features a large glass window where you can enjoy a refreshing drink while peering out at the spectacular scenery during each season.
Address: 3-17-95 Iimoriyama, Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture 998-0055
Business hours 9 am to 5 pm (admission is until 4:30 pm)
Oranda Senbei Factory
Produced by Oranda, Sakata’s very own rice crackers are often called “mirror rice crackers” for their sheik smoothness and silky outer texture. At the Oranda rice cracker factory, you can observe the production process first hand from start to finish and see just how elaborate the process really is! Additionally, you can participate in a rice cracker baking and seasoning workshop (for an additional fee) and truly get a greater idea of what goes into making Japan’s favorite snack! Afterward, stop by the gift shop to stock up on all your favorite snacks and get souvenirs for family and friends!
Address: 2-24 Ryoucho, Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture, 998-0832
Business hours 9:00 to 18:00
Additional Experience fee: Handbaking experience: 400 yen (time required: about 30 minutes) Seasoning experience: 600 yen (time required: about 10 minutes) Dango-yaki experience: 400 yen (time required: about 15 minutes)
Sankyo Soko Warehouses
Sankyo Soko is a local landmark, symbol, and the pride of Shonai! The beautiful zelkova trees that line the warehouse are a popular photo spot and no matter the season make for a spectacular backdrop to all your photos! At the tourist center here, you can find souvenirs from all over Sakata and so if you want to get something special to remember your time here in Sakata, there is no better place than here!
Address: 1-1-20 Sankyomachi, Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture
Business hours: 9:00-17:00
[Request to Cycling Tour Participants]
・ Please fill in the health check sheet on the day of the event.
・ At the time of reception, we will measure your temperature with a non-contact thermometer.
・ Additionally we ask that you disinfecting your hands using the hand sanitizer provided
・ Please make sure to bring and wear a mask during the tour. * Please prepare your own mask.
・ If you have a fever or are not feeling well on the day of, we ask you to refrain from participating.
・ Please also check the "New Travel Etiquette" （https://goto.jata-net.or.jp/assets/docs/20200928_1047_newqetiqtourismleaflet.pdf）of the Japan Association of Travel Agents.