Yamagata City Kyodokan (former Saiseikan Hospital)
It is a giyofu style (pseudo-Western) building completed in 1891.
It was made by Japanese craftsmen imitating the Western architecture style and is characterized by a mixture of Western and Japanese designs.
The Kyodokan was formelly the Yamagata Prefectural Hospital Saiseikan, the center of Yamagata’s medical care.
Plans to completely renovate the dilapidated hospital began after 1955 and it was relocated to its current location to serve as a historically valuable building.
Currently, only the first and second floors are open to the public.
You can feel the high technique everywhere, with the sculptures and the traditional Japanese decorations that make it look like a Western-style building.
Here are some of these.
Three-storied looking building
From the exterior the building looks like it has three floors but if you look at the verandas you will see it has actually four.
Such a complex structure is due to the fact that Western technology has been incorporated into part of the structure that supports the roof, as well as the fact that it was constructed using advanced wooden construction techniques from ancient Japan.
Around the center is a 14-sided donut-shaped corridor.
It gives access to 8 rooms that where used as hospital rooms.
This staircase to go up from the second floor to the third floor.
Zelkova wood is used and the sides are engraved with the arabesque pattern, which is a traditional Japanese decoration.
- Yamagata City Kyodokan (former Saiseikan Hospital)
1-1 Kasumicho, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture Yamagata City Kyodokan
From Yamagata Station
- Parking lot
- Within Kajo Park
- Official site