Colorful Photogenic Pedal

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Colorful Photogenic Pedal

A commemorative photo with Maiko, flashy Sakata Kasafuku, colorful gelato made with seasonal ingredients, a luxurious bowl of tuna at a specialty fish market, and a beautiful garden with the retro and modern feeling of the romantic Taisho era! All of these make for the perfect picture that captures the best of your memories here in Sakata! Tell your friends about your trip with the #yamagatacycling hashtag and capture your own adventure here in Sakata through the lens of your very own camera!

Sakata Station→Minato Market→Sanno Club→BabyChuChu→Homma Museum→Sakata Station

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Course Story

  • STORY.1

    Sakata Station

    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

    Distance to this point:00km

  • STORY.2

    Minato Market

    Minato Market is right across from the Sakata Seafood Market, and features a variety of shops selling locally sourced 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 comprised of a mountain of fresh sashimi on top of a steaming serving of fluffy white 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

    Distance to this point:00km

  • STORY.3

    Sanno Club

    Inside the main building are the hanging decorations of traditional crafts that are the result of seamless traditional craftsmanship that has been handed down the generations into the modern era. Known as one of the three major prefectures for the creation of these delicate hanging decorations, Yamagata Prefecture is famous for a number of traditional styles here on display that cannot be seen anywhere else in Japan!

    To honor these incredible works of artistry, The Sanno Club has an exhibition centered around the time when the Kitamaebune trade network was at its peak and features a permanent exhibition room for “Kasafuku”, one of the three largest hanging decorations in all of Japan.

    The colorful decorations make for a great photo opp and perhaps will give you a greater appreciation for Japanese handicrafts along the way!

    Address 2-2-25 Hiyoshi-cho, Sakata-shi, Yamagata
    Business hours 9:00 to 17:00

  • STORY.4

    Baby Chu Chu

    One of our favorite places to grab a sweet treat here in Sakata, Baby Chu Chu is very selective about the ingredients that go into their delicious gelato and there are no additives or unnecessary coloring agents! The flavor and deliciousness of the final product speak for the quality of the ingredients and the colorful gelato is sure to look great in any photo!

    Address: 10-13 Nibancho, Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture, 998-0045
    Business hours 12: 00-17: 00 (finished as soon as it runs out)

  • STORY.5

    Homma Museum

    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


  • GOAL

    Sakata Station