Museum sights in Tsuruoka
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Founded in 1950 by the former Lord Shōnai in order to develop and preserve local culture, this museum features Sakai-family artefacts, a family residence, two Meiji-era buildings, a traditional storehouse and a kabuto-zukuri (a farmhouse with a thatched roof shaped like a samurai helmet).
The museum is on the southwest corner of Tsuruoka-kōen, the site of the former Sakai castle. You can either walk for about 15 minutes southwest from JR Tsuruoka Station, or take a bus from stop 1 – frequent buses bound for Yunohama Onsen pass by the Chidō Hakubutsukan-mae stop (¥200, 10 minutes).