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Chido Museum

Chidō hakubutsukan



The museum was opened in 1950 by a descendant from the Sakai family (the clan that ruled the region until the 19th century) to spread local knowledge and Shonai Clan's history.
It is located inside Tsuruoka Park and contains the National Important Cultural Property: the former Tsuruoka Police Station, recognizable by its bright blue color. Before being restored into blue, the police station used to be white. However, studies on the paint used on the walls revealed the building used to be blue instead of white.
Apart from the police station, the museum also features a thatch-roofed house, registered as a National Important Cultural Property: the Shibuya Family's home.

Inside the several buildings that compose the museum, visitors will find extensive collections of local historical findings, ranging from Prehistory to the Early 20th century.


Practical Information:

Entrance fee: 800 yen/adult

Open hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entrance accepted until 16:30)

Closed days: Every Wednesday from December to February + December 28th to January 4th

Phone number: (+81)235-23-4672


Around there:

Tsuruoka Tourist Information Center

Tsuruoka's tourist information center, with English speaking staff.

Nangakuji Temple

Find the mummy of Tetsuryukai-shonin, one of the Yudono Sokushinbutsu.

Hiking trails:

Mt. Kinbo's Pilgrimage

Mt. Kinbo's Pilgrimage

Dewa Sanzan is not the only sacred place of Shugendo in Tsuruoka. Discover another sacred Yamabushi place around Yutagawa Onsen.

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