Welcome to Sakata
Sakata (酒田) flourished in the Edo period when it was a wealthy port cultivated by nobles and merchants. Today, while first glances might allude to a sad story of a fading rural town with an ageing population, closer inspection reveals a wealth of cultural and historical attractions waiting to be uncovered. There's a surprising amount of English signage here and plenty to see and do if you have a few hours and sunny weather. It's also close enough to Dewa Sanzan to make a worthy alternative base to Tsuruoka.