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Safflower Museum

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The Safflower Museum is located at the site of the mansion of Shirobei Horigome, who was a rich merchant in the area. The Horigome family has made a fortune by collecting and shipping rice and safflower. There is a samurai warehouse (armory for the farmer soldiers) and a tatami warehouse (used by guests) that tell the story of the time, as well as the Beni-no-kan building where items from the time of the safflower trade are on display.
* Safflower trade: safflower produced in Yamagata was sent to Kyoto and Osaka while in exchange salt, cotton, daily necessities, and Hina dolls were loaded on the return ships.

In addition, you can try yourself at safflower dyeing or taste seasonal local dishes at Hakkei-an.
* Advance reservation is required for safflower dyeing experience

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Safflower dyeing experience

You can experience the charm of safflower dyeing very easily. There are five people there to help so please try it with your family and friends. See [Message] for details.

Basic information

Safflower Museum

885-1 Yachi Ki, Kahoku Town, Yamagata Prefecture


20 minutes by car from Sakurambo Higashine Station on the JR Yamagata Shinkansen line.
20 minutes by car from Sagae Station on the JR Aterazawa Line
15 minutes by car from Yamagata Airport
10 minutes by car from the Higashine IC on the Yamagata Expressway

Parking lot

March to October: 9:00~17:00
November to December: 9:00~16:00

2nd Thursday of every month (the next day if it is a holiday)
December 29 to January 3

Main menu

[Admission fee]
・ Individual admission
Adult: 400 yen / High school student: 150 yen / Elementary and junior high school student: 70 yen
・ Group admission (20 or more)
Adult: 350 yen / High school student: 120 yen / Elementary and junior high school student: 50 yen


<Safflower dyeing experience>
[Date and time]
Reservation required up to one week in advance (5 to 50 people. Groups of more than 50 people can be accommodated with a time lag.)
* Please contact us for reservations during the Golden Week period, Obon period, and around the year-end and New Year holidays (December 28 to January 6).
[Experience fee]
45 x 45cm: 2,000 yen (tax included)
30 x 30cm: 1,600 yen (tax included)
* Payment is cash only
* Benibana Museum admission fee included
[Time required]
About 1 hour for 5 to 15 adults
About 1 hour and 40 minutes for 15 to 50 adults
<Cancellation fee>
None up to 5 days prior
100% after 4 days prior
[Reservation method]
<Telephone reservation>
Kahokucho Benibana Museum
TEL: 0237-73-3500 (also used for fax)

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