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Tsuruoka Park (Tsurugaoka Castle ruins) (鶴岡公園(鶴ケ岡城址))


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Built around the ruins of Tsurugaoka Castle, Tsuruoka Park, sprawling in the center of Tsuruoka City, is a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing in spring. 730 cherry trees grow on the park’s ground, particularly around the castle’s moat, and in spring the tree’s petals cover the waters of the moat. Also selected as one of the 100 best places in Japan for cherry blossom viewing, each year around April the park bustles with great numbers of visitors come to enjoy the flowers. Shonai-jinja Shrine stands on the site where the tower of Tsurugaoka Castle once stood, and the shrine’s treasure house displays various items connected with the lords who once ruled the domain from here. Some of the park’s many other highlights include an ancient Japanese cedar several hundred years old, and a museum dedicated to Tsuruoka-born author Shuhei Fujioka.


Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Babachou 4 (Sakata / TsuruokaArea)

phone 0235252111

Open 24 hours

Review of Tsuruoka Park

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Reviewed:2019/04/26 Grest Place for Hanami
We visited the park on 21 Apr and it was the time for full bloom. The park wasnt overcrowded and there were many stalls for food and games. There are buses from train station to the park but they...
Reviewed:2018/04/19 Stunning in full bloom
We were lucky enough to visit Yamagata prefecture when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. Tsuruoka Park is beautifully laid out with the cherry blossoms along that river and all around the park...
Reviewed:2017/08/11 Nice landscaped park with some interesting temples
Tsuruoka has a lot to offer for such a small city and the park is one of those sights. Nice for an afternoon walk. Besides the landscaping a number of temples (Idea and an Inari Shrine) can be...

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Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Babachou 4 [map]
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          Yamagata Areas


          Although often overlooked, Yamagata prefecture by no means lacks appeal: the Yamadera temple trail through the mountains, deliciously tender Yonezawa wagyu, and over 100 steaming hot springs, most notably Zao Onsen, await visitors. When winter comes, the snowcapped peaks become dotted with skiers by day and onsen-goers by night, while summer brings the celebration of juicy Yamagata cherries.