Kehi Jingu Shrine 氣比神宮


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Established in 702 and nicknamed "Kei-san," Kehi Jingu is a major shrine in the Hokuriku Region. The main torii gate is one of Japan's three most famous wooden toriis. Kehi Jingu Shrine is a 20-min. walk from JR Tsuruga Station or a short bus ride. I visited on New Year's Day 2016 when it was a warm period with no snow.

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Toro Nagashi とうろう流しと花火


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Held during the Bon season in Aug., toro nagashi is candle-lit paper lanterns floated on the ocean as a Buddhist offering to the spirits of the deceased. Tsuruga holds its mass toro nagashi (6,000 lanterns) on its famous Kehi no Matsubara beach at 6:30 pm, and then shoots off a grand fireworks display. Photos taken on Aug. 16, 2006. Also see the video at YouTube.

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Tsuruga Nuclear Power Pavilion Museum 日本原子力発電敦賀原子力館


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Out in the boondocks of Tsuruga is the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. Near the plant is their public relations facility and museum called the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Pavilion or Tsuruga PR Pavilion. A 40-min. bus ride from JR Tsuruga Station.

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Other Sights


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Other sights in Tsuruga.

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