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Tsuruoka is located in the middle of the Shonai area on the Sea of Japan side of Yamagata Prefecture, which is a culture zone that features three important Japan Heritage sites: the Dewa-sanzan (three mountains of Dewa), the Kitamae-bune boat ports and silk related to Samurai. A former castle town, Tsuruoka gained a unique blend of Edo culture from the frequent travels of feudal lords, and Kansai culture from the comings and goings of Kitamae-bune boats. This rich history and traditional culture is still alive in the streets of the city today. To the east lie the three sacred mountains of Dewa, a place of mountain worship. Tsuruoka is the only Japanese city named a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO. Home to a laboratory for the Institute for Advanced Biosciences at Keio University and other corporations and institutes involved in cutting-edge technological research and development, Tsuruoka presents a distinct blend of tradition and modernity


Yamagata Airport→Tsuruoka:Approx. 2 hr. 35 min. by bus
*Approx. 35 min. by airport shuttle bus from Yamagata Airport to Yamagata Station / Approx. 2 hr. by highway express bus from Yamagata Station to downtown Tsuruoka City
Tokyo→Tsuruoka:Approx. 8 hr. by highway express bus
Sendai City→Tsuruoka:Approx. 2 hr. 30 min. by highway express bus
Yamagata City→JR Tsuruoka Station:Approx. 2 hr. by highway express bus
JR Tokyo Station→JR Tsuruoka Station:Approx. 4 hr. by train (Joetsu Shinkansen; change trains at JR Niigata Station to local express)
Haneda Airport→Shonai Airport:Approx. 1 hr. by plane
Shonai Airport→Tsuruoka:Approx. 25 min. by limousine bus

Venues overview

  Facility Rooms
Hotel 7 925
Ryokan 86 1,156
Total 93 2,081


Shonai Visitors Association

Pre-/Post-Convention Programs

Kamo Aquarium
Kamo Aquarium

In addition to the living traditional culture and history, visitors to Tsuruoka can also enjoy an abundance of foods and a distinct, traditional food culture founded on over 50 native crops whose lineage has been preserved over the years.

Support Programs for Convention

Support for bidding process
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
Site inspection Arranging an inspection trip for site selection
Support for hosting/preparation
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
PR Support for encouraging participation in the event
Supporting other PR activities
Conference and event preparation Providing information on PCOs, travel agencies and event management companies
Providing information on reception venues (including unique venues)
Providing information on related programs (local attractions, traditional performing arts, post-convention programs, sightseeing and hands-on experiences with Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants)
Providing tourism information
Requesting nominal support
Coordinating with relevant organizations
Conference and event operation Arranging reception venues (including unique venues)
Arranging volunteers
Setting up an information desk
Providing maps/guidebooks for participants English
Arranging shuttle buses
Providing convention bags
Hospitality Welcome posters and digital signage
Welcome message by the head of the local government
Providing discount tickets to tourist facilities
Providing discounts on public transportation
Dispatching tourism ambassadors
Related programs Making arrangements for attractions and traditional performing arts
Making arrangements for post-convention programs
Making arrangements for sightseeing and hands-on experiences of Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants
Arranging tour interpreters and guides

Support Programs for Incentive Travel

Support for Promoting Incentive Travel
Type of Support Availability
Site inspection support (provision of accommodation, food, tourist activities) -
Creation of draft proposals, providing information
Support During Incentive Travel
Type of Support Availability
Airport transfer services -
Welcome banners
Chartered transport (e.g. coaches)
Prepaid cards for public transport -
Venues (MICE facilities, unique venues)
Event management services -
Recruiting volunteers to assist at events -
Excursions, technical visits etc.
Attractions, entertainment etc.
Experience programs
Local cuisine, traditional cuisine
Greeting at airport or station -
Greeting or welcome letter from local government head -
Travel brochures
Discount coupons -
Giveaways -