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Tsuruoka City Area

Tsuruoka City is one of the major cities in Yamagata Prefecture’s Shonai area along the coast of the Sea of Japan. In addition to bordering the Sea of Japan, the Shonai plains produce one of the best rice crops in Japan, and the Shonai area is home to the three mountains of the Dewa Sanzan, Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Yudono. The rich natural blessings of the sea, mountains, and plains make Shonai a wonderful place for anyone to go sightseeing.
In the Edo Period (1603-1868), Tsuruoka City flourished as a town built around the castle of the powerful Tokugawa family, and schools and other buildings of historical significance from the Edo era can still be found in the center of Tsuruoka City. There is a strong artistic tradition in Tsuruoka city as well. You can see performances of Kurokawa Noh, a Noh theatre troupe with a history that goes back over 500 years. You can also experience Tsuruoka’s rich and unique traditional culture that dates back to the Edo Period through crafts such as silk goods and intricately painted candles. A number of delicious local dishes that make use of ingredients grown in Tsuruoka allow you to get a taste of the area’s unique cultural heritage.


Chidokan: Edo Period School Established by the Shonai Area Fuedal Government

Sakura in Tsuruoka Park

Sakura in Tsuruoka Park

  • Access: Take the Tsuruoka/Sakata bound express bus from JR Yamagata Station for approximately 2 hours until you reach JR Tsuruoka Station.
  • For more information, contact the Tsuruoka City Tourism Association (Japanese)
    Address: 997-8601 Yamagata-ken, Tsuruoka-shi, Baba-cho 9-25
    Phone: +81-235-25-2111   Fax: +81-235-25-7111
    Tsuruoka City Tourism Association Web Site (Japanese)



[For More Information Contact]
(Japanese and English)
The Yamagata Tourism Information Center
Yamagata Prefecture, Yamagata City, Jonanmachi, 1-1-1, Kajo Central
Phone +81-23-647-2333   Fax +81-23-646-6333   E-mail info@yamagatakanko.com