Tsuru-no-Mai Bridge passes over the Tsugaru Fujimi Lake with a reflection of Mt. Iwaki. With total length of the bridge is 300 meters, Tsuru-no-Mai Bridge is the Japan’s longest triple arch wooden bridge. It was built using more than 700 Aomori Hiba, especially those of over 150-year old, for bridge girder by Japan’s architectural technique from old days. The bridge view looks like as if crane is flying with background of Mt Iwaki. Also it is said that visitors who walks across the bridge will have a long life.
Tsuru-No-Mai Bridge is also a top-rated cherry blossom attraction in Aomori Prefecture. With such picturesque scenery, Tsuru-No-Mai Bridge is a hot favorite cherry blossom place among Japanese and foreign visitors, photographers, and sightseers alike.
Cherry Blossom Festival at Tsuru no Mai Bridge
Cherry Blossom Festival is held annually during the Golden week holiday (usually around the end of april or beginning of May) at Tsugaru Fujimi Park by Tsugaru Fujimi Lake.
Exciting events such as National Crucian Fishing Tournament, Marathon around Fujimi Lake and National Karaoke competition at Tsuru no Mai Bridge are held during the festival.
Other family friendly events and activities are held during the festival as well. The events include Shishimai (Lion dance) by Fujimi elementary students, preschooler’s performance, Tsuruta middle school brass band performance, Japanese orchestra by Tsuruta Tozanbayashi Rengo Hozonkai, photo exhibitions, concerts, Soran dance performance by Tsuruta iki iki soran, Teodori dance and Shamisen (Japanese musical instrument) concert and more.
Address: 81-150 Mawarizeki-osawa, Tsuruta-machi, Kita-tsugaru County, Aomori 038-3542
Entrance Fee: Free
Cherry Blossom Period: Late April to early May
Ease of Access
By JR train (Gonō Line) from Shin-Aomori Station, and the journey takes about one hour to Mutsu-Tsuruda Station.
From JR Shin-Aomori Station: JR Ou Line (40 minute) > JR Kawabe Station: JR Gono Line (25 minute) > Get off at JR Mutsu Tsuruda Station, take a taxi (10 minute)
Tranportation fee: Around 2000yen
Tsuru-no-Mai Bridge was built on July 8, 1994, spanning across Tsugaru Fujimi Lake, which is the largest water reservoirs in Aomori Prefecture. The length of the embankment is 4.2 km (2.6 mile) and is the longest in Japan.
Mt. Iwaki, also known as Tsugaru Fuji because of its resemblance to Mt. Fuji, can be seen from the lake. That is the reason why Mawarizeki Otameike is called Tsugaru Fujimi Lake. Tsugaru Fujimi Lake was chosen as one of the hundred best water reservoirs selected by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 2010.