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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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Local foods “Shojin Ryori” (Vegetarian Diet) of the Three Mountains of Dewa

“Shojin Ryori” of the Three Mountains of Dewa has been passed down since ancient times as a "diet for life" that was developed by ascetics under training deep in Mount Gassan and other mountains. Such dish is prepared with traditional methods without using any meat or fish but using only vegetables such as seasonal wild plants and mushrooms from the base of the mountain. You will have a nourishing experience for both body and soul by eating “Shojin Ryori” while giving thanks to nature.

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“Dadacha-mame,” a special type of edamame bean from Tsuruoka, has a unique sweetness and umami flavor that is said to be the most delicious in Japan. In addition, there are many simple yet deep flavors, including “Atsumi turnips” and other indigenous crops that have long been farmed using slash-and-burn farming, as well as local cuisine such as miso soup made with seasonal ingredients, and delicious rice and mellow sake.

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Sceneries

The amazing Mount Haguro Sugi-Namiki features a 350-year old cedar-lined stone-step path to the shrine and the Five-storied Pagoda designated a national treasure. It is so beautiful that it was awarded three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan. We hope you will also visit the magnificent rural scene of the Shonai Plain with a backdrop of Mount Gassan and Mount Chokai, as well as the sun setting into the Shonai coast, and Tsuruoka Park, which is one of the Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.

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Experiences

You can enjoy Japanese spiritual and cultural experiences here in Tsuruoka, such as “Shugendo” (Buddhist mountain asceticism), “Shojin Ryori” and the Zen meditation practices by the monks in the Three Mountains of Dewa. There are also harvest experiences for indigenous crops and fresh fruits that are valued as living cultural assets, as well as cooking experiences, including soba (buckwheat) pounding. Besides, there are many other entertaining programs, including a traditional candle-making program and Japanese lime bark (Japan's oldest textile) weaving program in a castle town, and a fishing boat cruise on the Sea of Japan.

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Sightseeing routes

Please come and experience nature and history of the mountains, villages and the seas around Tsuruoka, including a tour of the Three Mountains of Dewa, which represents the past, present and future respectively, and a visit to the production areas for indigenous crops, the Kamo Aquarium displaying more varieties of jellyfish than anywhere else in the world, and the castle towns. Please stay at a hot spring hotel and enjoy traditional food culture, and you will feel reborn on your journey by refreshing body and soul.

Inquiries

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名前Tsuruoka Creative City of Gastronomy Promotion Council
TEL0235-25-2111
URL http://english.creative-tsuruoka.jp