Welcome to
TSURUOKA
UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy
UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy TSURU

Nestled amongst the mountains of north-eastern Japan, where it is surrounded by nature and pristine seas, Tsuruoka City is a gem virtually untouched by foreign tourism, and blessed with a multitude of seasonal ingredients throughout the year.

Tsuruoka’s centuries-long history of living closely with nature has allowed it to develop
a unique and diverse food culture.

In 2014, it was designated UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

WHAT AWAITS YOU IN
TSURUOKA CITY OF GASTRONOMY
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TRADITIONAL FOOD

Food is inextricably woven into tradition and festivals in Tsuruoka

CULTURAL
TRADITION

Traditions that are still in practice today

CULTURAL
TRADITION
HEIRLOOM CROPS

Tsuruoka is home to
a staggering 60 different kinds of heirloom crops, and takes pride in passing down these important living cultural assets for generations

PRISTINE NATURE

Surrounded by the mountains and seas, Tsuruoka is blessed with diverse seasonal ingredients throughout the year

FEATURED ARTICLES
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Delicious Souvenirs

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School Lunch

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A soup for every season

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Preservation methods

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