Tsuruga Museum

Tsuruga Museum: Hours, Address, Tsuruga Museum Reviews: 4/5

Tsuruga Museum
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

70 reviews
Very good

Hawaii95 contributions
Definitely worth visiting when in the area
Oct 2018 • Friends
Tsuruga is now a small town but was once a major port on the Japan Sea side of the country. The museum is small but very well done. You are invited to watch a 15 min introductory video upon entry which is in English. The visit reminds us of how one person can make a difference despite the horrors going on around them. It is motivating, reflective and so important in today's world. One of the workers there spoke good enough English to be able to converse. We bought a souvenir towel that says Port of Humanity wrapped in an apple container, symbolic of the apple that was given to the Jewish refugees when they landed. There are two movies made about Chiune Sugihara and a PBS documentary, among other tributes one can find on YouTube. Children can benefit from visiting and the displays are appropriate for children. There is no entry fee but donations are welcome.
Of note, researching on-line how to get there from the station did not produce any information on bus schedules in English. There is a very nice TIC at Tsuruga station with information in English. Wait at bus stop 3. The first bus leaves at 10:10 and is an 11 min ride to the Red Brick warehouse which is across the street from the museum. Buses depart approximately every 30 min and run in a loop back to the station.
Written November 27, 2018
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Naples, FL588 contributions
An Emotional Visit
Aug 2017 • Couples
This modest little museum depicts the role this modest port city played in to major humanitarian events before the US entered WW2. While it does little to diminish the spector of he savage, inhumane treatment of the Koreans, Chinese and prisoners by the Japanese Army, it does remind one that many Japanese were kind and sympathetic people. The port played a major role in saving over 700 Polish orphans in the 1920s and over 500 Jewish refugees in 1940s. It was a member of this latter group that helped found the museum. He and others now settled in the US came to Tsuruga to express their thanks and donate monies to help establish the museum. Their story is a profound one as the Japanese Vice Counsel Sugihara in Lithuania provided transit visas against the orders of superiors to save them in the face of the advancing Nazis. He was dishonored by his government after the war, but won his place among the most honored by Israel. It was until after his death that his good deeds were recognized in Japan.
Written September 25, 2017
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Margaret B
Queensland, Australia572 contributions
Australian Travellers
Sep 2017 • Couples
The Port of Humanity Tsurga Museum is a must visit to learn the history of how Japan assisted in rehousing the Jewish and Polish children after the War. Only a small museum it houses and interesting display on the second floor and a part of history which is not well known outside this country. Set in lovely well kept grounds with a view across the harbour. Glad we had the opportunity to learn and experience this place.
Written September 17, 2017
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