The port of Sakata, where we dock during our Costa cruise to Japan, is bustling with fisheries and trade.

The city of Sakata offers a variety of architecture unique in Japan, indeed the rich merchants of this area have always enjoyed standing out by flaunting their wealth through the construction of houses and public places for the community. The Sankyo warehouses, for example, are twelve wooden buildings used for storing rice, all connected and located along the banks of the Niida. The Somaro restaurant offers the opportunity to visit an authentic maiko house (traditional dancers), who perform here every day. You can also enjoy some hiking on Mount Chokai in Sakata, which overlooks the city from a height of 2,230 m.

Not to be missed:

• Excursions along the Mogami River

• Mount Chokai

• Sankyo warehouses