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Tsuru University is a public university in the city of Tsuru, a historic town located at the southeastern foot of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Founded in 1955 as a two-year teacher’s training college, Tsuru University became a four-year college of Humanities in 1960. It now offers five undergraduate courses in Elementary School Education, Japanese Literature, English Literature, Sociology and Comparative Culture Studies. Post graduate degrees are also offered in those areas.

The university enrolls about 3,200 students in the undergraduate programs, 35 students in the graduate programs. About 50 full-time international students are seeking degrees in those programs. There are 90 full-time faculty members and 300 part-time lecturers.

We share a belief and sense of mission that the aim of university education is to nourish young people to become mature, responsible citizens with a deep understanding of humanity. We have produced many well-qualified schoolteachers in our sixty-year history.

The University’s main facilities, including five main lecture buildings, ten purpose-built structures, various sports facilities as well as a new four-story library, cover more than 144,172 square meters and provide 35,000 square meters of interior space in rural surroundings at the foot of Mount Fuji, which is not only the highest mountain in Japan but also a spiritual symbol for many Japanese people.

Tsuru University is within easy access of Tokyo, the political, commercial and cultural center of Japan. Yet the campus is surrounded by an abundance of nature that nurtures flying squirrels. Students can enjoy the lifestyle of ordinary small-town Japanese people.


The city developed as a castle town during the Edo Period (17th century). It became known as a production and distribution center of silk and related products. Although the silk and textile industry has declined in production, the city, with a population of about 33,000, has once again flourished as a university town where students interact easily with the locals.  The city also has rapidly developed in recent years as a high-tech research and development center of the state-of –the-art Maglev.