SpotShonai Movie Village

Many films based on his novels have been shot in Tsuroka. Recently, scenes from the much acclaimed "Departures" was also shot at "Tsuru no Yu," which is actually a public bath, and other places in the city. Sets, props and materials of related movies are displayed at Shonai Eigamura (Movie Village) Museum. A huge open-air set of the movie village will open on September 12, 2009, and retro buses run from JR Tsuruoka Station.

Shonai Movie Village



30 min by car JR Tsuruoka Sta.


102, Higashimasukawayama, Kawadai, Haguro machi, Tsuruoka city, Yamagata





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