Chidō Museum information
Founded in 1950 by the former Lord Shōnai in order to preserve local culture, this museum features Sakai-family artefacts, two Meiji-era buildings, a traditional storehouse and a kabuto-zukuri (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 Tsuruoka Station, or take a bus from stop 1. Frequent buses bound for Yunohama Onsen pass by the Chidō Hakubutsukan-mae stop (¥260, 10 minutes).