In place of a castle torn down long ago, a cultural museum stands.
The town of Matsuyama once hosted the castle of Tadatsune Sakai that oversaw the some of the vast rice industry of the Shonai Region. However, following the defeat of the Tokugawa Shogunate, this region had its castles torn down and its samurai disbanded as this region submitted to the rule of the new Meiji Government.
The castle gate and beautiful garden still remain and in place of the castle a cultural museum now stands showcasing the rich history of this small rice producing community and the samurai clan that once administered it.
Closed Mondays (excluding public holidays) and December 29th-January 3rd
36-2 Shinyashiki, Sakata-shi, Yamagata-ken 999-6832
This museum is located a short drive from Sakata City in the small community of Matsuyama.
Note that all information is only in Japanese.