Tsuruga Port portrays unforgettable
stories of “life” and “peace”

Tsuruga Port bore the role of being the transportation hub to and from Europe from the Meiji Period to the beginning of the Showa Period; it was the only port where Polish orphans in the 1920s, and Jewish refugees carrying “visas for life” in the 1940s, disembarked in Japan.

Aside from testimony and anecdotes from Tsuruga residents from the time – with a focus on the historical facts of the Polish orphans and Jewish refugees who overcame numerous hardships and landed in Tsuruga – at this museum we present heartwarming interactions with the people involved that continues to this day, and we transmit the importance of life and the preciousness of peace.

Opening hours

9:00a.m.– 5:00p.m.

(Last Admission 4:30p.m.)


Wednesdays (or the following day if Wednesday is a national holiday),
New Year holidays


  Adults Children4-12
General ¥500 ¥300
(20 people or more)
¥400 ¥240

*Free entry for children under age 4
*Free entry for those with a disability certificate and up to 1 attendant

Group field trip

Groups of 20 people or more must make reservations in advance.
* Please inquire for details.


JR Tsuruga Station bus stop 3
Gurutto Tsuruga Loop Bus (Sightseeing Route)
Get off at “Kanegasaki Ryokuchi”stop
JR Tsuruga Station bus stop 4 Community Bus
Matsubara Line Get off at “Kanegasaki Ryokuchi”stop
Approx. 10 min. from JR Tsuruga Station
Bicycle rental
You can use the “Tsuruga Share Cycle” bicycle rental
and return service
Approx. 10 min. from Hokuriku Expressway Tsuruga IC
(Kanegasaki Ryokuchi Parking Lot: 128 standard size
cars, 5 large buses)


23-1 Kanegasaki cho, Tsuruga city, Fukui prefecture

Floor Guide

  • C|Polish Orphans

    A presentation about the historical facts of the Polish orphans who were rescued from Siberia and landed in Tsuruga. In addition to historical documents such as a diary left by an orphan, a large-scale ceramic tile relief that was created to commemorate 100 years since their arrival in Japan is also exhibited.

  • D|Jewish Refugees

    A presentation about the historical facts of the Jewish refugees who escaped Europe and migrated to a third country via Tsuruga. Aside from precious testimony from residents regarding the detailed circumstances of disembarking at Tsuruga at the time, items such as replica visas and a watch left by refugees are also exhibited.

  • A|Theater

    Why did Polish orphans and Jewish refugees land in Tsuruga Port – a video presentation of anecdotes concerning “Port of Humanity Tsuruga.”

  • B|Gateway to the Continent Tsuruga Port

    A presentation through photographs and images of the history of the development of Tsuruga Port, which became the stage for the disembarkation of orphans and refugees.

  • About the Exhibition/History of the Port

    A presentation of each period of history from ancient times to modern times.


    LECTURE ROOM equipped with a large screen. It can be used for learning and events for a large number of people.

  • E|Interactions

    In addition to the lives of the people after they landed in Tsuruga, interactions with the people themselves and their families who revisited Tsuruga and with the countries involved is presented through videos and the like. You can also record visitors’ messages.

  • Movies

    In the Movies, you can see video works about Polish orphans and Jewish refugees.


    Temporary exhibitions and the like relating to collections of historical documents and the port of humanity are held.


Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum

23-1 Kanegasaki cho, Tsuruga city, Fukui prefecture