‘Denkoku no Mori’
- a museum and cultural facility dedicated to the history of the Uesugi and the Performing Arts.
‘Denkoku no Mori’ is a facility that consists of the Yamagata Prefecture ‘Okitama Culture Hall’ and ‘Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum’. Located on the second floor are the ‘Large Meeting Room’ and ‘Small Meeting Room’, which can be used for receptions and academic conferences. Also available is an information library and activity room, café corner and museum shop.
Google street view
You can view part of the interior of the building from Google street view.
Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum
‘Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum’ contains thousands of items related to the Uesugi clan, important cultural items and national treasures.
The permanent collection exhibition room is centered on the theme of ‘the Okitama Region and Yonezawa during the Edo period’, with focus on the culture and history of the Uesugi Clan. Included in the exhibition are videos, dioramas and even a matchlock shooting game for you to try.
Located in the ‘Uesugi Bunhanakan’ is the ‘Uesugi Rakuchū Rakugai Zubyōbu’ decorative folding screen (original and copy) and ‘The Uesugi Clan Archives’ (national treasure) on permanent display.
・For more information on permanent displays Museum Pamphlet (PDF)
・National Treasure Ueusgi Rakuchū Rakugai Zubyōbu’ (Decorative folding screen) Pamphlet (PDF)
|High school/ university/ college students||¥210(150)|
|Elementary/ middle school students||¥110(60)|
( )indicates prices for those in groups of 20 or more
Exhibitions in the exhibition room are changed around every two months with many items being related to the Uesugi Clan, the Yonezawa domain, and the culture/history of the Okitama region – as well as works by local artists.
Special Exhibition: Yonezawa Castle
September 19, 2020 (Sat.) - November 23,2020 (Sun.)
*Please note that the museum will be closed on September23,October 21.
*Display replacement period:October 19-October 23.
Details of the structure and characteristics of Yonezawa Castle will be showcased in detail, along with information about the changes that the former site of Yonezawa Castle has gone through. By utilizing illustrations and pieces of artwork, the history of the castle will be shown, starting with its construction. As the center of the Yonezawa Domain's politics during the Edo period, the castle offers an in-depth look into the past.
9:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
・April – November : 4th Wednesday of the month
December – March : Every Monday
End of year holidays
*Please note there may be changes to this schedule due to maintenance.
Okitama Cultural Hall
The ‘Okitama Culture Hall’ is a concert hall with 500 seats and one of the most extravagant stages in the Yamagata Prefecture. This one stage allows for 3 different types of performance.
·Concert Hall’ with German Steinway Piano.
·Theatre’ with a large and extravagant play stage for various performances.
·Noh-Gaku-Dō’ The portable Noh stage located at the entrance of ‘Denkoku no Mori’.
The Noh Stage can be moved into the hall via a hover device. This is the only Noh theatre in Japan to do so.
You can view this here
Denkoku no Mori
1-2-1, Marunouchi, Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture 992-0052 (google map)
TEL 0238-26-8000 FAX 0238-26-2660
Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum TEL 0238-26-8001
Okitama Cultural Hall TEL 0238-26-2666
Around 2km from JR Yonezawa Station, Uesugi-Jinja Shrine Area
Yonezawa City Circle Route Bus: Get off at ‘Uesugi-Jinja Mae’
Yonezawa City South-Bound Circle Route Bus: Get off at Kunori Gakuen Mae (210 Yen)
Around 4km from Tohoku-Chuo Expressway Yonezawa Chuo IC(E13-9)