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Tsuruta (鶴田) is a city in Tsugaru region of Aomori prefecture. Literally translated, the town's name means "Cranefield".

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Fujimiko is the name of a lake, park, and onsen (hot spring) in Tsuruta.

  • Tsuru-no-mai-hashi. This bridge is a feature of the park, which locals are fond of pointing out as Japan's longest all-wooden bridge. The bridge is not particularly old, but its natural structure and the lake and Mount Iwaki in the background make it a good spot for photos.
  • Cranes. There is an enclosure by the lake housing a number of cranes donated to the town from overseas. (The town pays particular interest to cranes due to its name, but has no particular history with the birds.) In spring it is possible to see young hachlings.
  • Old house. Near the lake is a very old traditional Japanese-style house, which has been well-preserved and it worth a look. There is also a large play area nearby with an enormous, dangerous-looking slide, and a large globe with many flags around it in tribute to Tsuruta's efforts towards internationalization.
  • Onsen. A man-made onsen is connected with the park. If you go, be sure not to forget to use a pair of indoor slippers, which can be found to the left of the main entrance. Hand soap is provided, but a full onsen kit is recommended. Overall, there is nothing really special about this onsen, but it's a nice enough place.


  • Tsugaru Dialect Competition. Every year in June a competition is held at the town hall in which foreigners create skits in the local dialect. NHK (a national news network) has covered the competition.



  • Arujya. You would be missing out if you did not stop by at Arujya, the local farmers' market, which is not only fascinating because the restroom building is designed (like most things in the town) in the shape of cranes, but is also where you can taste some wonderful Steuben grape whipped ice-cream. It is delicious! Also to be found are lots of fresh vegetables and great food produce which make great souvenirs to take home.




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