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Travel Blogs from Tsuruoka
... on the tourist loop bus our first stop was to the mausoleum of the first feudal lord of Sendai-Han. The remains of Date Masamune are in the Zuihoden. It was destroyed by the air raids during WWII but was rebuilt in the late '70s. On the same site are also two more mausoleums for the next two feudal lords which are also beautiful but had to be rebuilt. After the first two lords died the practice of ceremonial suicide was outlawed. That means that upon the death of the first two, ...
... know, not my style). It took a bit over 6 hours return, with a few very steep parts on the way up which tested my muscle strength but got there and was rewarded at the summit with the crater you will see in the pictures. Nothing quite prepared me for this beauty. I was joined at the top by some hikers (if you can call them that) who just came out of the cable car and we were pretty much the only ones on the trail up and down. ...
... whale meat was not uncommon. The shopping was overwhelming, and I decided to wait for my friend before buying anything.
... the station where we ate luch at a restaurant where you buy the ticket for your order from a vending machine and simply hand it to the cook. Really quite simple, especially if you don't speak English. Also, by cutting out the waiter, prices are dramatically reduced. My heaping plate of beef curry cost a whopping 450 yen (about 4.50).
After lunch we surrendered and ...
I had a 75 minute transfer in Shinjo where there just happened to be a festival at the train station today. They had tons of food stalls where I got some food, and one vendor who was cooking live fish on a stick gave me one for free! This was a fun transfer and broke up some of the monotony of riding the local trains ...
Other places to stay in Tsuruoka
Atsumi Onsen, Tsuruoka | Hotelfrom $303
Atsumi Onsen, Tsuruoka | Hotelfrom $191
2-10 Nishiki-machi, Tsuruoka | Hotelfrom $99
6-8 Sannomachi, Tsuruoka | Hotelfrom $42
5-20 Suehiromachi, Tsuruoka | Hotelfrom $69
12-26 Otsukamachi, Tsuruoka | 3 star hotelfrom $78
1-17 Suehiromachi, Tsuruoka | 3 star hotelfrom $92
2-1 Suehiromachi, Tsuruoka | Hotelfrom $43