All News

About Us

About Tsuruoka Science Park

Located in the middle of northern Japan's rural Tōhoku region, Tsuruoka Science Park was established by Keio University's Institute of Advanced Biosciences (IAB) with administrative support from Tsuruoka City and Yamagata prefecture in 1999. Involving universities, private companies, and citizens, it is a future-creating rural city with forefront bioscience at its core, with achievements that are attracting worldwide and its great potential for the future.

  • Industry|

  • Government|

  • Academia|

Message from the Director

Along with forefront bioscience, Tsuruoka city is one of the most vital cities in the world. They have it’s beautiful natural beauty of the four seasons, traditional culture including three Japanese Heritage sites (the most in Japan), and food culture recognized by UNESCO.

Our science and business are driven by "curiosity" and "inspiration". These are the roots of humanity and are very important to us, especially in this day and age when we tend to focus on "numbers".

Our colleagues at Tsuruoka Science Park will discuss the essence of things while enjoying gourmet food and local sake in the blessed environment of Tsuruoka, and we will leap forward with a strong sense of mission to create values for the future.

Masaru Tomita


All Members

Bio Community

About Tsuruoka’s Biocommunity

The Tsuruoka Biocommunity is home to research and educational institutions including the Institute of Advanced Biosciences at Keio University, as well as 8 bio-related venture companies established based on the seeds generated there. In recognition of these efforts, Tsuruoka Biocommunity was certified by the Cabinet Office as one of the first regional biocommunities in 2021. Involving research institutions, companies, and the local community, the Tsuruoka Biocommunity aims to create an ecosystem in which people can continue to live healthier and better lives.

Visitor Program

We offer a visitor program that provides an overview of the Tsuruoka Science Park and introduces the research and business activities of the institutions and companies that make up the park. We also provide individual introductions and matchmaking services for research institutions and venture companies. Through new encounters with visitors, we hope to create dynamic collaboration among research, business, and human resources, and to work together to create the next stage of development.

Please note that there is a fee for the Visitor Program, which varies depending on the specifics of your visit. Please contact us for further details.


From Airport:

Direct flight from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (Contact All Nippon Airways for further information)
Haneda Airport → Shonai Airport (approx. 1 hour); Shonai Airport → Tsuruoka Science Park, Metabolome Building (approx. 18 minutes by car or 20 minutes by shuttle bus*)
*Please note that it takes some time for the shuttle bus to depart

Using train:

Tokyo Station → Niigata Station (approx. 2 hours via the Joetsu Shinkansen line); Niigata Station → Tsuruoka Station (approx. 1 hour 40 minutes via the Uetsu line); Tsuruoka Station → Tsuruoka Science Park, Metabolome Building (approx. 5 minutes by car)

Using car:

Tokyo → Kawaguchi JCT (approx. 4 hours via the Tohoku Expressway); Murata JCT → Tsuruoka IC (approx. 2 hours via the Yamagata Expressway); Tsuruoka IC → Tsuruoka Science Park, Metabolome Building Building (approx. 10 minutes)

Using bus (direct bus service to Tsuruoka):

Tokyo ↔ Tsuruoka (approx. 7 hours); Sendai ↔ Tsuruoka (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes); Yamagata ↔ Tsuruoka (approx. 2 hours)


We welcome general questions, inquiries about tours, and requests for interviews.


    • Company/organization name:

    • Your name

    • Email address

    • Type of inquiry

    • 視察目的

    • 鶴岡サイエンスパーク内で興味のある企業・機関、分野、人物

    • 人数

    • 希望日時(複数)

    • 連絡先電話番号

    • Details of your inquiry