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′31.4″N 140°22′48.2″E / 40.808722°N 140.380056°E / 40.808722; 140.380056Coordinates: 40°48′31.4″N 140°22′48.2″E / 40.808722°N 140.380056°E / 40.808722; 140.380056
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
 • Total 253.55 km2 (97.90 sq mi)
Population (November 1, 2015)
 • Total 34,301
 • Density 135/km2 (350/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 038-3192
Website Official website
Tsugaru City Hall

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

As of September 1, 2015, the city had an estimated population of 34,301 and a population density of 135 persons per km². The total area was 253.55 square kilometres (97.90 sq mi). 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.


Kizukuri High School is the only high school in Tsugaru. The city also has 10 elementary schools, five middle schools and one special education school.




Local Attractions[edit]

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

The town has produced many top sumo wrestlers over the years.[3] Among them are:


  1. ^ The Oriental Economic Review. Oriental Information Agency. 1912-01-01. 
  2. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sumo Town Strives for Comeback". NHK World. 2 Dec 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 

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