No.46 Matsugaoka Kaikonjo
Designated a national historic site, Matsugaoka Kaikonjo is where some 3,000 samurai developed silk worm cultivation in 1872 as Japan raced to become a modern nation. They cultivated 311 hectares of mulberry trees and built ten buildings used as silkworm nurseries, five of which survive today. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, somei yoshino were planted here in 1921. The 50 trees today provide a charming companion to the historic buildings of a bygone era.
|Address||29 Matsugaoka, Haguro Town, Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture (山形県鶴岡市羽黒町松ヶ岡29)|
|Peak bloom||Mid-to-late April|
|Access by train||20 minutes by car from Tsuruoka Station on the Uetsu Main Line|
|Access by car||20 minutes from Tohoku-Odan Expressway (Yamagata Expressway) Sakata Line Tsuruoka IC|