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  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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    4.5
    587 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi Murokochou Terao 51-11 Toyama dinosaur forest
    Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is a specialist geology and paleontology museum, focused particularly on dinosaurs, which is located in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture (an area where many dinosaur fossils have been found). More than 40 complete dinosaur skeletons are on display, enabling visitors to get a feel for just how big dinosaurs were. The Museum also has large-scale dioramas and a computer graphics theatre that recreate the type of prehistoric forest in which dinosaurs lived, giving visitors a sense of having “traveled back in time.” Both adults and children can enjoy learning about the history of the Earth through the dinosaurs’ story.

    Had a Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass and was in Kanazawa. So thought would make my pass worth by having a day trip to Fukui. At Fukui Station, saw an ad on a package that covers two way train...

  • Eihei-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Yoshidaguneiheijichou Shihi 10-5
    A Soto school Buddhist temple located in Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida District, Fukui which is also the head temple of over 15 thousand branch temples scattered across Japan. The temple was founded as a meditation hall by Dogen in 1244. The grounds are enclosed by ancient Japanese cedars over 600 years old and are dotted with over 70 structures centering around a complete seven-structure temple compound. Some of the temple’s many highlights include numerous delicate sculptures housed in various buildings around the grounds; a stunning decorated ceiling inlaid with 230 images; and an original copy of the “Fukan zazengi” which is registered as a National Treasure and kept in the temple’s treasure house.
  • Tojinbo
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichouantou
    Tojinbo, the beauty spot is a stretch of steep cliffs with a rock face which has been eroded by the waves. The rock cliffs which have a height of about 25 meters continue along the Mikuni coastline for about one kilometer. “Columnar jointing of pyroxene andesite” of this scale can only be seen in three places around the world, and in 1935, it was designated as a Natural Monument and a Place of Scenic Beauty of Japan. You can enjoy a powerful landscape from the pleasure boats which go around the strangely shaped rocks such as the “Beehive rock” and the “Lion rock”.
  • Nihonkai Sakanamachi Seafood Market
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    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Wakabachou 1-1531
    Located in Wakaba Town, Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture, this is the largest seafood market selling products from the Sea of Japan, and is host to 70 establishments like seafood shops and restaurants. Among the market stalls you’ll hear the energetic voices of the market vendors trying to sell their wares and you’ll see a wide variety of seafood delicacies on all of the stalls trucked in directly from Tsuruga Port such as fresh seafood, processed foods, and the local specialty, kombu seaweed. The seafood rice bowls, popular with tourists, are topped with a whole variety of different foods and all at a good price. Each bowl comes packed with a huge amount of seafood such as tuna, sea bream, shrimp, salmon roe and salmon, etc. The market officially opens at 10 a.m. but apart from the restaurants most stalls start trading from 8:30 a.m. onwards.
  • Maruoka Castle (Kasumigajo)
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    4.0
    298 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Maruokachoukasumichou 1-59
    This castle on a hill, located in Maruoka Town of Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, was built by Shibata Katsuie’s nephew Shibata Katsutoyo in 1576. Nowadays, only two-story and three-roofed castle tower (tenshukaku) remains, and it was registered as Important Cultural Properties in 1950. It is the oldest tenshukaku in existence in the country, and about 400 cherry trees were planted around it as part of the surrounding Kasumigajo Park. A light-up event is held when the cherry blossoms bloom, giving the tower an ethereal look.

    We were in Fukui for Eiheiji and had saved time for a visit to the Maruoka. If we weren’t already close by and didn’t have the time, this wouldn’t be a place we’d necessarily go out of our way to...

  • Roadside Station Echizen
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Nyugunechizenchou Kuriya No. 71-335-1
    Including both a restaurant where you can enjoy fresh ingredients while watching fish swim in an oval aquarium and an onsen with outdoor baths, the Roadside Station Echizen is fully equipped, offering fresh vegetables, maritime products and even famous Fukui products. The “Saba no heshiko” comes recommended. It is a Fukui delicacy in which the mackerel’s organs are carefully removed before it is seeped in salt for days, and then pickled in rice bran for an additional one to two years.

    11月は「越前かに」が解禁になり「越前かにまつり」が開催されます。 越前かにを買って、その場で食べることも出来ますしお土産で買って帰ることも出来ます。

  • Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Kidonouchichou
    The Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins are the remains of a castle town, located in the Kidonouchi Town of Fukui City. The ruined town, which was ruled by the Asakura family for five generations over a period of 103 years in Japan’s Sengoku (Warring States) period, has been the subject of archeological excavation work, and has been designated as a Special Historic Site and as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Visitors can learn about the prosperity of the Asakura family and the culture of the period by examining restored artifacts from excavated samurai houses and townspeople’s houses at the Ichijodani Asakura Family Site Museum, and by viewing the site of Asakura Yoshikage’s mansion and the associated gardens.
  • Echizen Ono Castle
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Onoshi Shiromachi 3-109
    Echizen Ono Castle was built by Kanamori Nagachika who was Oda Nobunaga’s vassal, and recently it has also been called “castle in the sky Echizen Ono Castle”. The Ono basin is surrounded by mountains on every side. The lofty castle rises up at the central part of Kameyama, however, when the castle town is wrapped in a sea of clouds, the castle appears as if it is floating in the sky. It is said that the period from October to the end of April is when this phenomenon occurs, and it is especially likely to occur around November. It is recommended to view it from Inuyama which is located to the west of Echizen Ono Castle.

    We read up on its history and a number of reviews and then found the official website for the castle. Disappointed we could not get to see it or enjoy the described panoramic views of the whole...

  • Kehi-jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    142 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Akebonochou 11-68
    Location of the scenic spots from “Narrow Road to the Interior”, Kehi-jingu Shrine is a shrine of Echizen serving the Hokuriku Road and is located in Tsuruga City in Fukui Prefecture. The primary god worshipped there is Izasawake-no-mikoto, who oversees food, and has long been worshipped as a god for protecting all of life (food, shelter, clothing), particularly in seafaring, and fishing. There are many sites to see, such as the large torii gate (Important Cultural Property), the “old man” Noh masks, Sarutahiko masks (both Cultural Properties) and the eucalyptus trees (Natural Monuments for Tsuruga City). Approximately 10 minutes via Tsuruga Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    We visited the Shrine whilst on a cruise day stop. We saw several Shrines whilst in Japan and although they all seem very much alike there is always a different charm to them all. It was quiet and...

  • Skijam Katsuyama
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi 170-70
    Located in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, Skijam is one of the largest skiing areas and resorts in western Japan. Famous for the beautiful view offered by its ski slope, this popular resort is visited by large numbers of skiers from the Kansai and Chubu regions. The slope is divided into three main areas suited respectively to everyone from beginners to skilled skiers. From spring to fall, the resort offers a variety of outdoor activities, including lawn sledding, park golf, and kayaking classes. There’s also a heated swimming pool, dog run, barbecue garden, and lodging facility.

    This ski resort has a lot of activities,servies,facilities to have fun for skiers or snowboarder.First of all, what I was impressed with was good rental services of ski gears.You can come here...

  • Echizen Matsushima Aquarium
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    3.0
    4 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichousaki 74-2-3
    This aquarium is located within Echizen-Kaga Kaigan Quasi-National Park in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture. It is near the scenic spot Tojinbo. There are several exhibits where visitors can observe and interact with marine and waterside life up close, as well as shows and feeding events. There’s a large “ocean fish tank” containing a school of nearly 3,000 sardines, as well as a “coral sea” featuring a water tank underneath the glass floor, making it feel like you’re walking on the surface. Visitors can also watch penguins swim from an underwater tunnel and swim along with the fish in the “jabu jabu ocean pool.”

    三国の宿に越前ガニを食べに来て、その帰りに水族館に寄りました。 昨夜、飽きるほど海鮮類を食べたのに、飽きずに北陸海鮮を堪能しました。

  • Yokokan Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Houei 3-11-36
    Yokokan was the Fukui feudal lord’s Matsudaira Family villa and was called the “Osensui Residence” during the Edo period. It had a Japanese strolling pond garden with a large pond at its center. Various ingenuities have been assimilated into the garden and it is considered that the view from around the banks of the pond and the view from within the residence were taken into consideration. The sukiya zukuri style (in the style of a tea ceremony house) of building called the “Ochaya” located on the east of the pond plays a central role in this building. You can have green tea and sweets at “Otsukiminoma”, and you can spend your time leisurely while enjoying the scenery with Japanese Iris being reflected in the pond.
  • Yuubuan Soba noodles restaurant
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Chuou 1-9-1 (inside the galleria arcade)
    Located near the Galleria Motomachi shopping arcade in Fukui City, Yuubuan is a well-known restaurant where diners can enjoy Fukui Prefecture’s famous Oroshi Soba noodles. Yuubuan offers a range of simple yet delicious dishes, featuring Soba noodles made with 100-percent buckwheat flour (with no added wheat flour) that are prepared with great attention to noodle size and to boiling them properly, served in a broth that contains a generous helping of grated Daikon radish. The restaurant particularly recommends the “Oroshi Soba Three-fold Indulgence” meal, which allows diners to enjoy two plates of Soba noodles each with three types of broth: Oroshi (grated Daikon radish), Wasabi, and Tororo (grated yam). Yuubuan’s sister restaurant Amida Soba Fukui-no-i is located in the Happiring mall at the West Exit of Fukui Station.

    北ノ庄の見学の後、歩いて来ました。 駅からも近く、同じあみだそばの支店も、福井駅パピリン内にもあり、そっちを去年食べたので今年はこちらに伺いました。 ここのお店のメニューは、大、中、小の、越前そばと、お酒があるのみで、他のメニューはありません。 福井の名産をたくさん食べたかったので、夫婦共に、小...

  • Tojinbo Sightseeing Boat Cruises
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichouantou 64-1
    Tojinbo Sightseeing Boat Cruises offers boat trips to view the spectacular scenery of the Tojinbo cliffs from the ocean. Located in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, the Tojinbo cliffs have been designated as a National Natural Monument; the precipitous cliffs with their distinctive rough surface extend for about 1 km along the coast. Some of the cliffs reach a height of 20 meters or more; watching the raging waves of the Sea of Japan crash against the cliffs is a magnificent sight. On a trip halfway round Oshima Island (which lies around 1.5 km off the coast), which takes around 30 minutes, passengers can view several rocks with unusual shapes that have been created by the action of natural forces, including Lion Rock, Battleship Rock, Folding Screen Rock, and Candle Rock. Places can be found on the boat trip for individual travelers (with a 15–20 minute wait).
  • Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Omiya 2-19-15
    The Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History is a museum in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture that is dedicated to the history and industrial heritage of the Fukui region. The authentic artifacts on display and the section dedicated to the period from the mid-1950s through to the early 1970s are of particular interest. In the “Life in the Showa Period” corner, which recreates life in both rural communities and towns in that era, there is plenty to inspire nostalgia among visitors who remember those times, including a reconstruction of a traditional farmhouse and of a Dagashiya (traditional Japanese sweet shop). The lighting, sound effects and other aspects of the displays are changed with the seasons, further enhancing the experience for visitors to the Museum. The Museum is around 10 minutes’ drive from JR Fukui Station.

    We cam here on our way through town. The entry fee is 100 yen. The museum is small but very well laid out with good exhibits. Well worth the time to get here. It gives a good look at Japanese...

  • Katsuyama Castle Museum
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi Heisenjichou Heisenji 85-26-1
    Katsuyama Castle Museum is a museum in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, built in the style of a Tenshu (the main tower of a Japanese castle), which opened in 1992. The tower is 57.8 meters high, making it the tallest building of its kind in Japan. The building is intended to keep alive the memory of the castle that was the main seat of power of the Katsuyama Domain. Inside, the Museum has displays on the military equipment of Edo period Daimyos (feudal lords), textiles, folding screens decorated with paintings of battles, Qing Dynasty folk embroidery from the Zhongyuan (North China Plain) region, Japanese books from the early modern era, etc. From the observation deck on the top storey, visitors can view the city of Katsuyama, which has a history going back to the Paleolithic era, and its beautiful scenery which has led to the area being designated as the Katsuyama Geopark.

    We were literally the only visitors to the castle when we went! The museum hosts a great collection of samurai armour and has a nice view over the surrounding countryside.

  • Megane Museum
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    Fukui Pref. Sabaeshi Shinyokoe 2-3-4 Inside the glasses hall
    This glasses museum is located in Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, which produces more than 90% of the glasses made in Japan. In addition to in-depth exhibits on the history of eyeglasses, the museum also features a glasses shop where visitors can try out the latest models of Made in JAPAN glasses, a cafe offering sweets from Sabae City, a souvenir corner, and more. Visitors can also try their hand at making a one-of-a-kind pair of glasses. The museum is about a 15-minute walk from JR Sabae City.
  • Casa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Chuou 1-9-1
    A club that offers a variety of music including hip-hop, techno, and reggae right next to Fukui Station. The club offers a variety of ways guests can enjoy themselves with a DJ booth on the dance floor and a veranda where guests can enjoy their drinks. A variety of bands and DJs perform on the weekends which are incredibly popular among young clubbers.
  • Asuwayama Amusement Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Fukui-shi Yamaokucho 58-97
    A park in Asuwayama, Fukui. The park covers the entirety of Mt. Asuwayama, nearly 116 meters above sea level. The park contains Asuwayama Amusement Park which includes a zoo and athletic facilities, as well as Fukui Natural History Museum, a broadcast tower, a cafe, and more. It's famous for its cherry blossoms in the spring when nearly 3,500 trees come into bloom.
  • Gotanjo-ji Temple
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Echizenshi Shoudenchou 32-1-1
    A Soto Buddhist temple located in Shoden Town, Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture which has come to be known as the “Cat Temple” after being featured frequently in television programs and other media. The temple takes care of stray, sick, and injured cats; spays and neuters strays; and helps cats find new homes; at any given time, dozens of cats are being taken care of on the temple grounds. The temple works with Fukui Prefecture health and welfare centers and also periodically holds events to help their cats find new homes. The temple is visited by countless cat-lovers from around the country.

    I take the JR train to Takefu, and walked about 1 hour 15 minutes to reach here (walking time of return is about 1 hour, as I knew the way and make it faster). If you are super cat lover, don't miss...

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Northeast of Kyoto, the ancient Tojinbo Cliffs separate Fukui prefecture from the Sea of Japan in a stretch of land well worth exploring. Water sports and seaside delicacies are available in abundance as the spectacular rugged coastline flattens down into beaches to the west of the prefecture, while inland, Fukui is home to Zen Buddhist temples and historic ruins.

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