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Tsuruga (敦賀) is a city in Fukui prefecture.


Tsuruga City has been known as a natural good seaport since a long time ago and it is a seaport town flourished as a sea gateway to foreign cultures. Even now, foreign containerships and high-speed ferries are in services, and people and goods are being carried via Tsuruga port.

Get in[edit]

Map of Tsuruga

By boat[edit]

By train[edit]

  • Frequent train connections, for example Ltd. Express Thunderbird JR West - 1 hr 20 min from Osaka, 1 hour from Kyoto.

Get around[edit]

After arrival useful information on local transportation and sights can be received in the tourist information center located inside Tsuruga JR station, +81 770 21-8686.


  • 1 Kehi Shrine (氣比神宮). A well-known shrine throughout its history, its gate is renowned as one of the Top 3 torii gates in the nation, and the shrine was visited in 1689 by theh poet Matsuo Basho on his famous trip through northern Japan.


Kehi no Matsubara
  • Tsuruga Tunnel Hot Springs (敦賀トンネル温泉), Mukaide, 41 Yoshiko, Tsuruga City 914-0024. The hot spring was discovered during a railway tunnel digging. An indoor (and partially outdoor) spa is located on a hill and bathers can enjoy a beautiful view of the town and Tsuruga bay. It can be reached from JR Tsuruga station by a Fukutetsu Bus bound for Tunnel Onsen. Get of at "Tunnel Onsen" stop.
  • Matsumoto comic characters statues (松本零士シンボルロード). About twenty bronze statues of characters and scenes from the popular anime and manga by Leiji Matsumoto are scattered across the downtown. The statues, each perhaps 1.2-1.5 m (4-5 feet) tall, were erected in 1999.
  • 1 Kehi no Matsubara (気比の松原). Kehi no Matsubara is recreational area along the Tsuruga bay. It combines a large pine grove with a white sand beach, very popular with swimmers in summer season.



Tsuruga is one of the main fishing ports along the Sea of Japan. Visitors can enjoy freshly caught seafood at local markets, sushi shops and restaurants. Famous seafood delicacies include “Tsuruga blowfish” and “Echizen crab” in winter season.




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Routes through Tsuruga
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