Tsuruga City

Tsuruga, a town of railroad and port

Tsuruga City Photo

Tsuruga, a key city on the Japan Sea coast, has long flourished as a gateway to the continent, and has a thriving food processing industry that makes use of oboro kelp and other marine products. Tsuruga Bay, characterized by its rias coastline with many inlets, is less affected by the rough waves of the Sea of Japan, and the melted snow from the mountains surrounding the bay on three sides makes the land rich in minerals and microorganisms, making it suitable for aquaculture, and many brand-name fish such as Tsuruga fugu and Tsuruga sea bream are raised here.

In 1882, a railroad started service between Tsuruga and Nagahama, making Tsuruga the first town on the Sea of Japan side to be served by a railroad. From the Meiji Period to the early Showa Period, a regular direct service from Tsuruga Port to Vladivostok, Russia was opened, and the port became a busy stopover for the international European-Asian train connecting Tokyo and Paris.

There are many retro-romantic spots related to modern ports and railroads that still remain.
The Hokuriku Shinkansen is coming to Tsuruga, a city of railroads and ports.

Tsuruga City Restaurants