Japan Heritage

Enjoy safflower culture

Kahoku-cho Safflower Museum


Here you can tour the former home of Horigome Shirobei, a prosperous safflower trade merchant during the middle Edo Period (1603–1868), as well as gain a deep understanding of history and culture related to safflowers—representative of Yamagata Prefecture—through materials related to Mogami benibana safflowers and hina-ningyo dolls.

Address1143 Yachibo, Kahoku Town, Nishimurayama County, Yamagata Prefecture
Opening hoursMarch – October 9:00~17:00
November – February 9:00~16:00
Closed: Second Thursday of every month, Year-end/New Year December 29 – January 3
FeesAdults: 400 yen
[Groups of 20 or more: 350 yen/person]
High School Students: 150 yen
[Groups of 20 or more: 120 yen/person]
Junior High School Students or younger: 70 yen
[Groups of 20 or more: 50 yen/person]

Meals available at the HAKKEIAN restaurant within the museum from 1,200 yen (reservations required a minimum of 5 days in advance)
Car parkingFree of charge 18 parking spaces
Barrier-free facilitiesAutomatic door, multi-function toilet
InquiriesSafflower Museum: 0237-73-3500
Access[By car]
15 minutes from Yamagata Airport
20 minutes from Sakuranbo-Higashine Station
15 minutes from Sagae Station
10 minutes from Higashine Interchange
20 minutes from Sagae Interchange

Recommended points/experiences

Benizome dyeing experience 30cm×30cm handkerchief: 1,300 yen
Benizome dyeing experience 45cm×45cm handkerchief: 1,600 yen
(Reservations required a minimum of 1 week in advance.)

道の駅河北 紅花料理

Access from Yama-dera

40 minutes by car

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Nearby site/facility information

Kahoku Children’s Zoo (approx. 5 minutes by car)
Kahoku Roadside Station (approx. 10 minutes by car)
Benihana Onsen Hina no Yu / Hina Sanchoku Center (approx. 8 minutes by car)

Restaurants, EateriesCold niku-soba (buckwheat noodles with beef) shops, etc.
Hotels, Japanese-style innsHina-no-Yado