My wife and I visited Tsuruoka because my grandfather in law passed away. Tsuruoka also faces Japanese Sea. However because Japan is designed to Tokyo-centered country, I have to fly to Tokyo first and then take trains.
By the way this photo is taken at Tsuruoka railway station when we go back. Big picture with hole at the face is common in Japan. I have thought that it is stupid for long time but now I am.