Mt. Haguro's pagoda

Tsuruoka

ADVENTURE AWAITS IN TOHOKU

Tsuruoka City is located in the western part of Yamagata Prefecture alongside the Sea of Japan. In 2014, it became  designated as the only UNESCO ‘Creative City of Gastronomy’ in Japan. Three "Japan Heritages” are featured here: Dewa Sanzan's Journey of Rebirth, the Samurai Silk, and the Kitamae-bune Maritime Road.

Other unique attractions that make Tohoku a valuable destination include 1400 year old sacred mountains: Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Haguro; beautiful forests; the Kamo Aquarium, which boasts the biggest jellyfish display in the world; and a unique culinary culture.

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Tsuruoka

News feed

24 Jul 2021

Shonai's Sake Festival will be broadcasted online.
Shonai's Sake Festival will be broadcasted online.

This year's edition of the local sake festival will be held online.

16 Jul 2021

2021's bus timetable for Mt. Yudono
2021's bus timetable for Mt. Yudono

The newest timetable for the bus to Mt. Yudono is out!

11 Jul 2021

Pino Collina's new wine releases!
Pino Collina's new wine releases!

The newest vineyards in Tsuruoka have released their first wines.

7 Jul 2021

2021's Rosoku Noh cancelled
2021's Rosoku Noh cancelled

The 2021 performance of Rosoku Noh will not be open to the public because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

18 Jun 2021

2021 Akagawa's Fireworks : big changes
2021 Akagawa's Fireworks : big changes

The 2021 edition of Akagawa's Fireworks Festival has been canceled to be replaced by an online event.

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Attractions in Tsuruoka

Haguro's pagoda

MOUNTAINS

DEWA SANZAN

Discover the ‘Three Sacred Mountains of Dewa,’ one of the Three Main Shugendo Sites in Japan with a 1400 year-long history.

Shojin Ryori (Haguro)

GASTRONOMY

UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

Tsuruoka was named the first UNESCO ‘Creative City of Gastronomy’ in Japan in 2014. Discover a culinary culture like no other, here.

Kamo Aquarium

JELLYFISH

AQUARIUM

Kamo Aquarium contains the biggest collection of jellyfish in the world—come marvel at some of nature’s most fascinating and ethereal creatures!

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OUTDOORS

HIKING TRAILS

Many hiking trails criss-cross the landscape of Tsuruoka. Lace up your hiking boots and immerse yourself in nature.

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NATURE

FOREST BATHING

Find some peace at one of our woodland shrines and experience the Japanese art of "bathing in forests.”

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MUMMIES

SOKUSHINBUTSU

A little well-known fact is that Japan has collections of mummies. In fact, most of them have been found Mt. Yudono.

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ONSEN

HOT SPRINGS

Have a relaxing soak after exploring the Dewa Sanzan Mountains in one of our hot spring villages.

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HISTORY

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

No travel itinerary is complete without learning a bit about the area you find yourself in. Learn about this region’s history, culture, and religion in one of our museums.

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EVENTS

FESTIVALS & SEASONS

There are many festivals in Tsuruoka; check if there is one ongoing during your intended period of travel!

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CULTURE

JAPANESE HERITAGES

Learn why Tsuruoka's culture is registered in the Japan Heritages List—a collection of Japanese legacies designated by the Agency of Cultural Affairs

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SNOW

WINTER ACTIVITIES

Tohoku is well-known for it deep snow and winter sport activities. Check out the best places to ski in Tsuruoka.

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