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Introducing Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture

This video is a sightseeing PR video of Tsuruoka City, in Yamagata Prefecture in Japan's Tohoku region, produced by the "Tsuruoka City Tourism Federation."
Dewa Sanzan (The Three Mountains of Dewa) refers to the three mountains Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan and Mt. Yudono, and has a history of being a mountain for Shugendo (Japanese mountain asceticism) until the Edo period (1603 to 1868 AD).
In the Tsuruoka City area, a town with superb views of Dewa Sanzan, there are many tourist attractions where you can get a taste of Japanese culture.

This video introduces foreign tourists traveling around Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture, as they explore Dewa Sanzan, Kamo Aquarium, Food Culture, Castle Town Culture, and Hot Springs.
Please enjoy the video on the charms of Tsuruoka City.

Things to Do Near Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture

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Tsuruoka City, located on the Sea of Japan side of Yamagata Prefecture, flourished as a castle town of the Shonai Domain during the Edo period.
The walking route of Tsuruoka Park (鶴岡公園, Tsuruoka koen), where lays the ruins of Tsurugaoka Castle (鶴ヶ岡城, Tsuruokajyo), and Daihoji Castle (大法寺城跡, Daihoujijo), allows you to experience the castle town culture of Toji.

There are also famous places in the city such as Ideha Shrine (出羽神社, Ideha jinja), Yudonosan Shrine (湯殿山神社, Yudonosan jinja), Zenpo Temple (善寳寺, Zenpoji), and Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社, Itsukushima jinja).
The Haguro Mountain (羽黒山, Hagurosan) five-storied Pagoda of Dewa Miyama Shrine (出羽三山神社, Dewa Miyama jinja) is a tourist attraction registered as a national treasure.
You can see footage overflowing with ancient Japanese culture, at 0:58 in the video.

Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium (加茂水族館, Kamo suizokukan), known as the world's largest jellyfish aquarium, is a popular hole in the wall spot.
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium is introduced at 0:40 in the video.
Take a look at the beautiful jellyfish.
In addition, the scenic Midagahara Marshland (弥陀ヶ原湿原, Midagahara shitsugen) and Atsumi Hot springs (あつみ温泉, Atsumi Onsen) are 2 more popular tourist attractions.

Enjoy Traditional Japanese Culture in Tsuruoka City

If you're going to Tsuruoka City, then you're looking for a one of a kind experience.
At the Togashi Candle Store, you can easily experience Japanese culture through the painting experience of Tsuruoka City's famous painted candles.
This is shown at 0:31 of the video, so enjoy the painting experience.

The Tsuruoka Tenjin Festival held in May and the Oiyasa Festival held in August are bustling with lively music.
By participating in these events, you can enjoy traditional Japanese culture.
Footage of one of the festivals can be seen at 1:06 in the video.

Dining in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture

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In Tsuruoka City, there are many locations where you can enjoy Japanese food culture to your hearts content.
We recommend Tsuruoka Ramen, which fresh, local ingredients from the sea and mountains of Tsuruoka City.
Speaking of Tsuruoka City's specialties, they also have delicious dadacha soybeans!
Dadacha beans grown in the climate of Yamagata Prefecture can be purchased at sightseeing spots, such as a direct market or a roadside station.

Summary of Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture

The video introduced here is full of the charms of Tsuruoka City.
Places like Dewa Sanzan, with its beautiful natural scenery, sightseeing spots around the city, and delicious local cuisine dotted throughout the city.

There are a lot of places that we couldn't cover in this article, so be sure to check out the video for a more in depth look at what Tsuruoka City has to offer.
We hope you enjoy your trip to Tsuruoka City!

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Last Updated : Nov. 11, 2020
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture - A Town Full of Natural Beauty Nestled in Dewa Sanzan! Tourist Spots, Popular Festivals, and Local Dining; Enjoy the Charm of the Popular Sightseeing Spot Where You Can Get a Taste of Japanese Culture!
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