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Chido Museum

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Formerly the “third circle” (sannomaru) of Tsurugaokajo Castle, used as the public residence of the Sakai family, a Shonai feudal clan, it is now open to the public as a museum. Inside are the former Nishitagawa-gun government office, a National Important Cultural Property, as well as multilayered private residences, the former Tsuruoka police station, and other historically important buildings. There is also a rare garden built with shoin-zukuri Japanese architecture. In addition, everyday objects telling the story of life in Shonai and 5,350 artifacts (eight types) of National Important Folklore Cultural Assets are stored and exhibited here.

More Information about Chido Museum

Street address

10-18 Kachushinmachi Tsuruoka City, Yamagata


  • Take the Shonai Kotsu bus bound for Yunohama-onsen for 12 minutes from JR Tsuruoka Station. Get off at Chido Hakubutsukan bus stop.

Opening Hours

March-November 10:00 - 17:00 Last entry 16:30
December- February 9:30-16:30 Last entry 16:00


Every Wednesday from December to February, and from December 28 to January 4


Best season

All year


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