Sakata

Japan

Cruises to Sakata

Sakata had its heyday in the Edo period (1603 to 1886), when it was a wealthy port town populated by nobles and merchants. Step inside the Historical Abumiya Residence opposite the city hall, and you feel transported back in time to the home of a wealthy shipping agent. Admire the tranquil garden and make your way through the rooms divided by shoji screens. Fast forward just a bit to the Meiji Period (1868 to 1912) when you enter the Sannō Club, a lively, decadent private club lavishly decorated. For nice views of the ocean, head to Hiyoriyama Park, pick a spot on the hillside and relax.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Sakata Port Ship will DOCK at this port.
  • Time Zone
    JST (Japan Standard Time) UTC/GMT +9 hours
  • Language
    The official language is Japanese.
  • Currency & Shopping
    Japanese Yen (JPY)
    • Famous For
      The scenery and buildings of Ginzan hot springs take you back to the Taisho Era. Rent a kimono and hakama and have your picture taken.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Enjoy watching Sakata maiko (similar to geisha) dance at Somaro, featuring performers in authentic Edo Period costumes.
    • Fun Fact #2
      You'll find hot springs in every city, town and village within the region. The water's colours and feel may differ, but the effects are all positive.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      See jellyfish galore at the Kamo Aquarium, featuring a tank 5 metres in diameter. Try one of their collagen-rich jellyfish dishes and desserts.
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