A place where the refugees arrived, holding the "Visa for Life" issued by Sugihara.

Tsuruga City

Located in Fukui Prefecture, Tsuruga is surrounded by mountains, untouched greenery and the deep blue sea.

A taste of Tsuruga’s long history can be experienced through long-preserved traditions, old temples and shrines that portray important episodes in Japan’s past and the port which provided means for outside contacts between Japan and its neighbors for hundreds of years.

Transport Hub Tsuruga Station
Address 1-1-24 Kanawacho, Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture, 914-0055
Web https://www.turuga.org/en/access/access.html

Tsuruga City has the port in Japan where Jewish refugees landed carrying the "Visa for Life" issued by Mr. Sugihara. Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum introduces the historical facts of the Polish orphans and Jewish refugees who overcame many hardships to land in Tsuruga. Besides that the testimonies and episodes of the citizens of Tsuruga at the time and heartwarming exchanges with the people involved that continues to this day. All the stories convey the importance of life and the preciousness of peace.


Must See Places

Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum

The Port of Humanity Museum portrays unique and compassionate stories. Its exhibition tells you the story of Sugihara's brave decision to grant visas, and the local's reactions and attempts to help the refugees are shown through witnesses descriptions.

Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse

With both the Diorama Building and the Restaurant Building, this establishment offers a combination of history, culture, and delicious food.

Kehi Jingu Shrine

The chief guardian shrine of the old Hokuriku-do region. Home to one of Japan’s three largest wooden torii gates (a nationally designated Important Cultural Property).

Kehi no Matsubara(Pine Tree Park)

The contrast of white sand and green pine trees is impressive. It is a national scenic spot with lush red and black pines.