Tsugaru, Aomori

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Mount Iwaki stands prominently to the southwest
Mount Iwaki stands prominently to the southwest
Flag of Tsugaru
Official seal of Tsugaru
Location of Tsugaru in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Tsugaru in Aomori Prefecture
Tsugaru is located in Japan
Coordinates: 40°48′N 140°23′E / 40.800°N 140.383°E / 40.800; 140.383Coordinates: 40°48′N 140°23′E / 40.800°N 140.383°E / 40.800; 140.383
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
 • Total 253.85 km2 (98.01 sq mi)
Population (October 1, 2012)
 • Total 36,216
 • Density 143/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Japanese Black Pine
- Bird Common cuckoo
Phone number 0173-42-2111
Address 61-1, Kizukuri Wakamidori
Tsugaru-shi, Aomori-ken
Website City of Tsugaru
Tsugaru City Hall

Tsugaru (つがる市 Tsugaru-shi?) is a city located in northwestern Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan.

As of April 2012, the city has an estimated population of 36,216 and a population density of 143 persons per km². The total area is 253.85 km². The city's name is atypical for a Japanese place name in that it is written in hiragana rather than kanji (see hiragana cities).


Tsugaru is located on the west coast of Tsugaru Peninsula, facing the Sea of Japan. The city has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]


Lord Tsugaru has been mentioned in folklore along with Harada Kurando involving fencing and a tale of a "white serpent God."[1] The area of Tsugaru was part of the holdings of the Tsugaru clan of Hirosaki Domain in the Edo period.

The modern city of Tsugaru was established on February 11, 2005, from the merger of the town of Kizukuri, and the villages of Inagaki, Kashiwa, Morita and Shariki (all from Nishitsugaru District).


The economy of Tsugaru is heavily dependent on agriculture and commercial fishing. The city serves as a minor regional commercial center. Agricultural produce includes rice, apples, melons, watermelons, and Brasenia.




Sister city relations[edit]

Noted people from Tsugaru[edit]

  • Shunkichi Takeuchi – politician, former Aomori governor
  • Gento Uehara - songwriter
  • Kenroku Uehara – songwriter
  • Leo Matsumoto – actress
  • Ryuhei Aoyama– actor
  • Asahifuji Seiya – sumo wrestler


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