A beautiful harmony exists between Tsuruga's long-term history, natural landscapes, and sacred religious sites. Along with its clear blue coastline, this place boasts lush green forests and abundant ecosystems in wetlands. Enjoy a trip to this holy land to see several well-preserved temples. Tsuruga shore excursions also deliver a variety of surprises, including local experiences as well as sightseeing.
Our Japan shore adventures are created by Western destination experts who live in Japan combined with local Japanese tour specialists to showcase all the best attractions in Japan and provide a unique understanding of Japan from a Western point of view. This is why our Japan tour packages are the most comprehensive and unparalleled.
We'll try to show the most that Tsuruga has to offer depending on how many hours you will have in Tsuruga.
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Tsuruga Castle (鶴ヶ城, Tsurugajō) was built in 1384 and changed hands many times between the different rulers of the Aizu region. It was destroyed after the Boshin War of 1868, a rebellion against the newly formed Meiji government. This rebellion took over control of the Tokugawa shogun and ended Japan's feudal era. Tsuruga Castle was one of the last strongholds of samurai loyal to the Shogunate.
In the 1960s, the castle's roof tiles were gray. When renovation works were completed in 2011, the roof tiles were painted a unique red: this is a unique red not found anywhere else in Japan. Visitors can climb to the top floor of the castle keep and look out over the surrounding city. The inside of the building is an exciting museum with attractive displays about the history of the castle and the Samurai lifestyle.
Cherry blossom trees line the paths at this shrine, located at the foot of the Kanegasaki Fort ruins. The Shinto rite of the Flower-exchanging Festival is held here from the first to the 15th of April.
During the Meiji era (1868–1922), visitors to Kanegasakigu Shrine would suggest to each other, "Let's exchange flowers." The cherry blossom branches they exchanged represented their feelings for one another. Kanegasakigu Shrine became known as the "Shrine of Love" after this flower exchange brought couples happiness in their futures together. Thousands of young Japanese people still visit the shrine every year to pray for their right match.
A giant diorama illuminates Tsuruga's prosperous past as a port town.
Tsuruga was a prosperous port town during the Meiji and Showa eras, serving as a link between Japan and Europe. In 2015, the Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse was transformed into a tourist destination as one of Japan's most prominent brick structures.
Sakai city and Echizen Takeningyo no Sato (Echizen Bamboo Doll Village) is about 10 km north of Fukui city. A temple called Eiheiji can be found about 8 km south of here. "Echizen Takeningyo" is a bamboo doll made in Echizen.
Echizentakeningyo" is a traditional craft in Fukui prefecture, one of the snowiest prefectures in Japan.
We highly recommend that you book our shore excursions now if you will be taking a cruise in 2024. 2023 has already seen large crowds, and 2024 will see even more. We expect many tourists will be unable to book their shore excursions in 2024, so please make your plan as soon as possible.
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