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TSURUOKA
UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

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 recognised as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

WHAT AWAITS YOU IN
TSURUOKA CITY OF GASTRONOMY
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TRADITIONAL FOOD
CULTURAL
TRADITION
CULTURAL
TRADITION
HEIRLOOM CROPS
PRISTINE NATURE
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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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TSURUOKA CITY

The one and only UCCN City of Gastronomy in Japan. Nestled between the Three Sacred Mountains of Dewa and the Sea of Japan, Tsuruoka City is home to 3 Japan Heritage Sites and is the largest municipality in the Tohoku region.

Come and experience the hidden side of Japan and traditional cuisine!

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