The school was built to improve the Shonai clan’s political power in 1805. It has been designated as an official historical site, and is the only building of the clan’s school that exists in the Tohoku district.
Closed: Mondays, Dec. 29th to Jan. 3rd
Charge: free
Tel 0235-23-4672

Cherry blossoms in Tsuruoka Park

The site was selected as one of the100 best scenic beauties of cherry blossoms in Japan and the earliest place to see cherry blossoms in Yamagata. There are about 800 cherry trees. 300 paper-covered lanterns are set up in early April, when the trees begin to blossom for many people to enjoy.

Displayed are many precious and cultural archives such as a beautiful thatched roof building, a Japanese garden designated as a national scenic beauty and the former Nishitagawa district government office.
Closed: end of year and New Year’s Day
Charge: 700yen for adults; 380yen for high school students; 280yen for junior high school and elementary school students
Tel 0235-22-1199

Old style houses with several stories
mainly found in snow country

Mr. Sakai’s old Japanese style Garden
This is a western
style house built in the Taisho period. Formerly used as a public library. Now it displays the archives of great people related to Tsuruoka city.
Closed: Monday
Charge: free
Tel 0235-24-3266

Tsuruoka Catholic Church was built in the 36th year of the Meiji period (1903). It is designated as a national important cultural site. You can see the Black Marry at only this church in Japan, a rare statue even in the world.
Apr. to Sep 8:00-18:00 Oct. to Mar. 8:00-17:00
Charge: free
Tel 0235-22-0292

In this temple, Tetsuryukai Shonin (the Buddhist priest’s) mummy is housed. He was disciplining his soul through hard ascetic practices in Dewasanzan, fasted and died to become a holy Buddhist mummy.
9:00-17:00 Open everyday 300yen for adults
Tel 0235-23-5054