Tohoku’s Yonezawa beef in a sukiyaki hot pot
Uesugi Earl’s House
When political power began shifting from the samurai to the nobility, one family held close to their proud legacy. A rich tradition of wisdom and spirituality remains within the early 20th century residence and gardens of the mighty Uesugi samurai clan. The Uesugi Hakushaku-tei (Uesugi Earl’s House) in the ancient castle town of Yonezawa City, is a historic icon symbolizing the early meetings of East and West.
The house was built in 1925 as a residence for the Uesugi family. Following World War II, it served as lodging for officers of the occupying American forces. After the building reverted to Japanese control, the people of Yonezawa City used it as a community center. In later years, it was lovingly restored and established as the Uesugi Memorial Hall, offering regional cuisine such as the famed Yonezawa beef. In the spring, the building’s beautiful gardens burst with vivid pink and white azaleas, earning it popularity as a wedding venue and banquet hall.
Just as the Uesugi Hakushaku-tei is at the crossroads of East and West, the flavors of Yonezawa represent the Westernization of Japan and the Tohoku region. Yonezawa beef is among the three major brands of wagyu marbled beef. Yonezawa cattle are reared slowly over more than two years, allowing the fat to permeate throughout the meat and giving Yonezawa beef its characteristic fragrance.
Yonezawa Beef and Uesugi Earl's House
Western-style steak in a traditional Japanese restaurant
- Uesugi Earl’s House
- 1-3-60 Marunouchi, Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture 992-0052
- +81 238 21 5121
- http://hakusyakutei.jp/ (Japanese Only)
- Open hours:
- 11:00 – 20:00
- About 10 minutes by bus from Yonezawa Station, to Uesugi Jinja Mae Stop and about 5 minutes on foot
About 50 minutes by car from Fukushima Iizaka Interchange Exit, Tohoku Expressway
- You can enjoy Yonezawa beef counted in Japan’s Three Major Wagyu in Countess Uesugi which is used as a restaurant.