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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Attractions in Tsuruoka
Discover the ‘Three Sacred Mountains of Dewa,’ one of the Three Main Shugendo Sites in Japan with a 1400 year-long history.
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 contains the biggest collection of jellyfish in the world—come marvel at some of nature’s most fascinating and ethereal creatures!
Many hiking trails criss-cross the landscape of Tsuruoka. Lace up your hiking boots and immerse yourself in nature.
Find some peace at one of our woodland shrines and experience the Japanese art of "bathing in forests.”
A little well-known fact is that Japan has collections of mummies. In fact, most of them have been found Mt. Yudono.
Have a relaxing soak after exploring the Dewa Sanzan Mountains in one of our hot spring villages.
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.
FESTIVALS & SEASONS
There are many festivals in Tsuruoka; check if there is one ongoing during your intended period of travel!
Learn why Tsuruoka's culture is registered in the Japan Heritages List—a collection of Japanese legacies designated by the Agency of Cultural Affairs
Tohoku is well-known for it deep snow and winter sport activities. Check out the best places to ski in Tsuruoka.