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Tsuruga City

A port city with historical heritage, natural beauty, and a new Shinkansen terminal

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About Tsuruga City

Tsuruga City is a port town located along Wakasa Bay in Central Japan’s Fukui Prefecture. This seaside urban sprawl is renowned for its delectable seafood and picturesque beaches, as well as its preserved history. On March 16, 2024, Tsuruga Station will also become a terminal for the Hokuriku Shinkansen, which presently connects Tokyo to Kanazawa, making it a highly accessible destination in the near future.

In the past, Tsuruga served as a crucial part of Japan’s shipping routes and ocean travel overall. Today, visitors can admire the city’s thriving history through preserved and reconstructed structures, including the Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum, the Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse, and Kanegasaki Park. The city is also home to Kehi Jingu Shrine, which was established in 702 and is famous for its 11-meter tall torii (gate), recognized as one of Japan’s three greatest wooden torii.

Naturewise, Tsuruga’s claim to fame is Kehi no Matsubara, which is one of Japan’s largest pine groves with approximately 16,000 trees and designated as a Site of Scenic Beauty. The beach is about 1.5 kilometers long and boasts scenic compositions of verdant pine trees, sandy white shorelines, and blue waters.

Foodies will not want to miss out on Tsuruga’s exceedingly fresh sushi, Echizen crab (Nov to Mar), sweet shrimp, Tsuruga fugu or pufferfish (Oct to Mar), and sea bream!