Major Sightseeing Destinations in Tsuruga
The chief guardian shrine of the old Hokuriku-do region. Home to one of Japan’s three largest wooden torii gates (a nationally designated Important Cultural Property).
The shrine of love. Famous for cherry blossoms. The Flower-Exchanging Festival is held here every spring.
Kanegasaki Ryokuchi Park
A greenery park featuring everything that gives the port town of Tsuruga its distinct character.
Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse
With both the Diorama Building and the Restaurant Building, this establishment offers a combination of history, culture, and delicious food.
Minato Tsuruga Yama Hall
Featuring displays of the exciting and beautiful festival floats that are paraded around Tsuruga.
Former Tsuruga Port Station Building (Tsuruga Railway Museum)
The Tsuruga Railway Museum is a reproduction of the former Tsuruga Port Station terminal, used by the Europe-Asia International Express.
Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum
Learn about Tsuruga’s humanitarian history as a “port of humanity” at this museum.
Tsuruga Municipal Museum
Featuring exhibits on Tsuruga’s history. Located in the former Owada Bank building, an example of modern architecture from the late 1920s
Kami-Warabe Washi Paper Doll Museum
A museum of figures and dolls made of washi paper depicting scenes from around the 1930s.
The shrine associated with the mysterious historic figure Abe no Seimei. The Kinenseki prayer stone once used in Onmyodo, the study of yin and yang, is enshrined here.
Tsuruga Museum Street
A charming and stylish street of shops in historic buildings.
Takatoro Tall Stone Lantern at Suzaki
This stone lantern once served as a lighthouse, and is the oldest of its type remaining on the Sea of Japan coast. It stands as a reminder of the history of Tsuruga Port.
Kehi no Matsubara Pine Grove
One of the most scenic and beautiful places in Tsuruga city. Known as one of the three greatest pine groves in Japan, and a nationally-designated Site of Scenic Beauty.
Graves of Takeda Kounsai and Followers
The site of the decapitation of Takeda Kounsai, leader of the Mito Rebellion.
Fall colors so beautiful, you’ll think you’re in heaven itself!
A garden from the Edo era (1603–1868), designed by a painter of the Kano school.
Sunset Atelier, a Lovers’ Sanctuary
Enjoy a spectacular view from high above Tsuruga Bay.
Dedicated to the guardian deity of safe childbirth.
This Ramsar Site-designated wetland is home to a rich ecosystem featuring unique native aquatic insects and other species.
This marsh feels like a microcosm of the world’s ecosystems. Come visit and feel one with nature.
Genbao Castle (Uchinakaoyama Castle) Remains
This castle was built to serve as the headquarters for Shibata Katsuie’s troops for the Battle of Shizugatake. Designated a National Historical Site.
Mizushima Resort Uninhabited Island
We almost want to keep this a local secret! An island paradise on the deep blue sea of Tsuruga Bay.
Tsuruga Symbol Road
Enjoy bronze statues of anime characters during your walk in the city.
Tateishi Cape Lighthouse
Located on the tip of the Tsuruga Peninsula, this lighthouse offers a panoramic view of the Sea of Japan.
Kanegasakigu Shrine Flower-Exchanging Festival (April)
Kanegasakigu Shrine is known for its many cherry trees and view of the Sea of Japan. It might just also be where your own love story begins.