Japan Heritage

Enjoy safflower culture

Former Kashiwakura Family Residence


The Former Kashiwakura Family Residence was the home of the family of Kashiwakura Kuzaemon, a wealthy farmer who boasted the largest safflower production volume in the Murayama region, which was a special safflower production zone during the late Edo Period. With grounds measuring approx. 2,300 tsubo (7,603 m2) in area and buildings of approx. 427 tsubo (1,411 m2), this large-scale residence was designated as an Important Cultural Property in September 2019 for its high value as a high-quality farmhouse structure in the southern Tohoku region dating from the Meiji Period (1868–1912).
 A high-quality combined home and warehouse with features such as a Buddhist altar room decorated with lacquer and gold leaf, the residence is a must-see for the characteristics of mansions of the Murayama region that it displays.

Address8 Oaza Oka, Nakayama Town, Higashimurayama County, Yamagata Prefecture
Opening hoursOpen to the general public from April 3, 2020
Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:00~16:00
(Admission closes at 15:30)
Closed: Every Monday–Thursday (excluding public holidays); December 20–January 10; may be closed temporarily at other times
FeesAdults: 500 yen
Junior High School Students and under: free of charge
Car parkingFree of charge 15 parking spaces
Barrier-free facilities
InquiriesTEL:023-662-2235 (023-687-1778 from April 3, 2020)
AccessApprox. 10 minutes by car from Sagae Interchange on the Yamagata Expressway
Closest Station: Uzen-Nagasaki Station

Access from Yama-dera

[JR Senzan Line]
Yamadera Station⇒Yamagata Station (approx. 20 minutes)

[JR Aterazawa Line]
Yamagata Station⇒Uzen-Nagasaki Station (approx. 20 minutes)

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Nearby site/facility information

Located nearby are the Kashiwakura Soemon Branch Family Residence and the Oka Kannon-do Hall, so take the opportunity to visit these facilities as well.

Restaurants, EateriesLocated nearby is the Himawari Onsen Yu-Ra-Ra, so take the opportunity to visit this facility as well.
Hotels, Japanese-style innsLocated nearby is the Himawari Onsen Yu-Ra-Ra, so take the opportunity to visit this facility as well.