Chido Museum Chidô Hakubutsukan  致道博物館


Area: Central Tsuruoka

Distance from the station: 6 min. (by car)

Type: History


The museum was opened in 1950 by a descendant from the Sakai family (the clan that ruled the region until the 19th century) to spread local knowledge and Shonai Clan's history. 
It is located inside Tsuruoka Park and contains the
National Important Cultural Property: the former Tsuruoka Police Station, recognizable by its bright blue color. Before being restored into blue, the police station used to be white. However, studies on the paint used on the walls revealed the building used to be blue instead of white. 
Apart from the police station, the museum also features a thatch-roofed house, registered as a
National Important Cultural Property: the Shibuya Family's home. 

Inside the several buildings that compose the museum, visitors will find extensive collections of local historical findings, ranging from Prehistory to the Early 20th century.



Tsuruoka's Former Police Station ​旧鶴岡警察署庁舎

Repair works revealed a blue layer of paint under the newer white layer. The building was restored into blue in 2018.


Shibuya Family's Thatch-Roofed House ​旧渋谷家住宅

This house belonged to a family that once lived in Tamugimata district, near Mt. Yudono. It got reconstructed in 1965.


Basic Info

Entrance fee: 800 yen/adult

Open hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entrance accepted until 16:30)

Closed days: Every Wednesday from December to February + December 28th to January 4th


Phone number: (+81)235-23-4672



Chido Museum in pictures

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