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The Historic Abumiya Residence

Yamagata Prefecture

The home and base of operations for Abumiya.

In 1189, 36 members of the Fujiwara Clan are said to have settled in Miyanoura in northern Sakata. The 36 helped develop a shipping trade in the region, which in turn formed the foundation of Sakata.

Abumiya was said to have been one of the leaders of this effort, and as a result the business grew over generations. By the 1600s this was one of the main agents in the burgeoning shipping business.

The Historical Abumiya Residence was the home and base of operations for Abumiya. The head of the household also held top economic and political positions in Sakata. The building itself near Sakata City Hall was rebuilt in 1845 following an earthquake and subsequent fire. Exhibitions are on display that illustrate how business was conducted, and also offer a hint to daily life from the 1800s.

Abumiya also has a central garden and multiple buildings to explore making it a great 30-40 minutes add-on to an itinerary in downtown Sakata. It is also located nearby the Honma Residence however a visit to both facilities may be redundant for those without a particular interest in the merchant history of Sakata City.

Models depicting some of the merchant activity

Quick Info


320 yen

Opening Hours

Closed Mondays and during December to February due to heavy snow.

Average Duration

30 minutes


998-0044 Yamagata-ken, Sakata-shi, Nakamachi, 1 Chome−14−20

Other tips

Abumiya is located right next to the City Hall of Sakata and is within walking distance of other downtown attractions such as Sanno Club, Somaro Maiko Teahouse and Hina Doll Gallery and the Sankyo Rice Warehouses.

The small garden behind the home.
There are many cultural exhibits depicting Yamagata City during the Meiji Era.