Origin of

school lunch

Modern day school lunches served in Japanese schools is said to originate from a Buddhist temple in Tsuruoka by civilian efforts to provide lunch for poor children at the end of the 19th century.  

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Tsuruoka's specialties

No trips will be complete without bring back memories in the form of souvenirs! 

Tochi-mochi (horse chestnut mochi)

Tochi-mochi (rice cake made with Japanese horse-chestnut) is sold at various places in Tsuruoka. Although Tochi-mochi is delicious due to...

Hinagashi (Girls’ day confectionery)

Unbaked confectionery to be displayed for Hina Dolls Festival. The 3rd April falls on Hina Dolls Festival in central Tsuruoka. Unlike the...