Homma Museum of Art

Yamagata, Tohoku

The 200-year-old building and the charming hues of the four seasons that tint the extensive grounds form the perfect blend of art, nature, and history

The Homma Museum of Art was opened in 1947 by the Homma family, who were major landowners in the Shonai area of Yamagata Prefecture; housed in their two-story country villa called Seienkaku, which was built in the traditional shoin-zukuri style of residential architecture, it was the first private art museum to be opened in Japan after the Second World War.

The museum consists of three facilities: Seienkaku, the main building; Kakubuen, the garden created for the villa; and the New Wing, where regular exhibitions are held. These exhibitions feature works by a variety of artists, from both within and outside the prefecture and covering a range of artistic fields; the exhibits include gifts to the Homma family from other clans in the Tohoku, as well as antiquarian books, antiques, and paintings.

From late February to early April each year, the museum holds an exhibition of classic hina dolls for the Doll Festival, featuring many precious dolls. The exquisite, precise craftsmanship unique to wooden architecture is one of the highlights of Seienkaku, with each room featuring different crosspieces and latticework in the transoms. Kakubuen is a pond-stroll garden that makes use of the view of Mount Chokai in its design. In January 2012, it was designated by the government as a Place of Scenic Beauty. In the extensive grounds, the charming views of the trees as they change with the seasons are a joy to behold, including white azaleas in spring, as well as scarlet and gold leaves in fall. It is an art museum where you can truly immerse yourself in art, nature, and history, all at the same time.


7-7 Onari-cho, Sakata City, Yamagata
9:00-17:00 (April-October), 9:00-16:30 (November-March) *Admission until 30 minutes before closing time
Admission Fee
900 yen (adults), 400 yen (high school and college students), free (elementary and junior high school students)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays (however, when a national holiday falls on one of these days, the following day is closed instead; open every day between March and November), year-end and New Year holidays, temporary closure when exhibition items are change

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