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.


General information

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