The Honma Museum of Art
The Honma Museum of Art was converted from an old villa of the Honma clan. The villa was used by the lords of the Sakai family in the Edo period, and then after Edo as a guesthouse of Sakata City until recently. Some of the fine arts items in the museum’s collection were donated by other clans in Japan, and some are furniture and fixings prepared for guests by the Honma family. The museum has a garden from which Mount Chokai can be seen. In the garden, some fancy stones are placed here and there. Ships carried rice from Sakata outward, and brought back used clothing, drugs and ceramics, which were lighter than rice, when returning. To stabilize the ship and thus accelerate speed, stones were loaded on board and conveyed to Sakata.
5 min on foot from JR Sakata Sta.
7-7, Onari cho, Sakata city, Yamagata