Experiencing food and culture in the UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

Regional :Tsuruoka / Yamagata

Surrounded by mountains, fields, rivers and the sea, Tsuruoka city is rich in seasonal blessings. With more than 50 varieties of indigenous crops including dadacha-mame and Atsumi turnip, superior varieties of these indigenous crops valued as "living cultural assets" are the inheritance of this region. Tsuruoka has the unique food culture and family ceremonial dining/local cuisine which are closely related to the spiritual culture rooted in “Shugendo” (Buddhist mountain asceticism) of the Three Mountains of Dewa and “Kurokawa Noh,” and such culture has been passed down through generation even to the present time in this region.

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