TO BECOME A

FOOD PARADISE

Located in the Shōnai region of Yamagata Prefecture along the Sea of Japan, Tsuruoka is a city of approximately 1,300 square kilometres and home to 130,000 residents, making it the largest administrative division in the Tōhoku region. The city is blessed with abundant natural resources, distinct seasonal changes, and variable landscapes, allowing traditional industries such as rice cultivation, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and sake-brewing to develop well into the present day. The people of Tsuruoka have fostered their unique and colourful gastronomic culture through careful conservation of local cuisine, as well as constant innovation to create new and creative dishes, which are then incorporated into their daily diets as well as their ceremonial practices. 

DESIGNATION AS

UNESCO

CITY OF GASTRONOMY

UNESCO's City of Gastronomy is part of the wider Creative City Network established in 2014.

Jul 2011

Committee for Promotion of Tsuruoka Creative City of Gastronomy is established

Oct 2011

Visited UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Start of gastronomic projects by Japanese Cultural Centre in Paris

Nov 2011

Attended UNESCO Annual Conference as a Candidate City and presented the allure of Tsuruoka's gastronomy as well as the vision for the future.

Dec 2011

Stopped application process to be a member city

Apr 2012

Awarded 2011 Commissioner o Cultural Affairs (Culture and Arts Creative City Division)

Aug 2012

Submission of request form to resume application to be a member of the City of Gastronomy Network

Feb 2013

Submission of application to visit UNESCO HQ

Jul 2013

Resume application to be a member of the City of Gastronomy Network and evaluation of application

Oct 2013

Release of new application procedure to be a member of City of Gastronomy

Mar 2014

Submission of application according to the new procedure

Sep 2014

Attended UNESCO Creative City Network Anual Conference in Chengdu, China

Dec 2014

Designated as UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

TSURUOKA CITY OF GASTRONOMY LOGO

The logo depicts the different elements that make up the unique gastronomy of Tsuruoka City

*Hover over the elements to find out more*

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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