Tsuruoka City, Yamagata

Sakata was the largest port of the Shonai clan during the Edo period, but there are also ports for Kitamae-bune in Tsuruoka City where was a castle town. Although the gate from Echigo, Nezugaseki, is a small bay, there was a guard station of the clan and Kamo on the north was an important port for unloading everyday commodities for the castle town, and small-cargo vessel wholesalers faced the bay. The boatman of Kitamae-bune visited an ancient temple, Zenpoji, on the way from Kamo to Tsuruoka to worship. At the Chido Museum in the center of the city, there is Kitamae-bune section where a model of a Japanese ship and funa-ema are displayed.

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Cultural Properties of Tsuruoka City

  • Townscape around Kamo Port

    The townscape of Kamo where the town layout at the time that prospered because of Kitamae-bune business has been well preserved

  • The Ishinazaka Family House and Warehouse

    Kitamae-bune shipowner's house and warehouse

  • Hanging bell of the Jozenji Temple

    A hanging bell donated by merchants who made a fortune through Kitamae-bune. It was transported by Kitamae-bune from Sakoshi (currently Ako City).

  • Gohyaku Rakando (an arhats hall) of the Zenpoji Temple

    A hall built by donations of merchants who made a fortune through Kitamae-bune. 531 Buddha statues which are housed in the hall were also made by the donation.

  • Materials relating to Kitamae-bune of the Chido Museum collections

    The model of the ship, funa-ema, four-jaw anchor, pass for departing ships, license plate relic, funadansu (a chest for ships), etc. that dedicated by Kitamae-bune shipowner