The Historical Abumiya Residence
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 the business grew over generations and by the 1600s 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 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.
Prices and Admission:
Entry: 320 yen
Hours: 9am to 4:30pm
Closed during December and February due to heavy snow.
A display of some of the traditional building techniques used in this historic building.
Models depicting some of the merchant activity
An interior shot of the home. Note the dirt floors.
The small garden behind the home.