The Sankyo Soko Rice Warehouses are the iconic symbol of Sakata City in its glory days.
With the stark contrast of the black wooden paling and tiled rooves against the white plaster walls, not to mention the awe-inspiring row of Zelkova trees along the back, the Sankyo Rice Warehouses are the iconic symbol of Sakata City in its glory days.
Constructed in 1893, the warehouses were so well-designed that nine of the 12 are still being used for their original purpose. A few notable features include the raised roof to allow ventilation throughout the year, as well as the Zelkova trees that provide much-needed shade in the summer, and protection from the harsh winds in winter.
The other three warehouses have been converted into Sakata Yume-no-Kura, a sake and snack bar, souvenirs, and Hokotei, a traditional Japanese restaurant that showcases the original roof from the inside. There is a museum at the northern end that features many handmade tools and artifacts used for rice farming, highlighting the effort that went into producing the staple grain for a growing nation.
Rice museum: 300 yen per person
9:00am to 5:00pm
30 minutes – 1 hour
〒998-0838 Yamagata-ken, Sakata-shi, Sankyomachi, 1 Chome−1−8
The Sankyo Rice Warehouses are located in the center of Sakata. There is a large free parking lot available for use.
It is reachable by foot from Sakata Station.
The Homma Historical Residence and Abumiya are a 5-10 minute walk away. Just follow the paved-stone path.
Please be aware that the museum does not have English support, but it is still very much worth checking out!