Spots in Fukui Area

  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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    4.5
    691 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    We absolutely loved the day at the museum. Theres a great anime film thats shown without subtitles in English but we still were able to watch and enjoy it- we combined this with the nearby echizen...

  • Kehi-jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    174 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Fukui Castle Ruins
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    3.0
    177 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Ote 3-17-1
    Built by the first Lord of Fukui domain Hideyasu Yuki in 1606, and then serving as the castle for the Echizen Matsudaira family for 270 years and 17 generations, Fukui Castle has been reduced to only a part of the moat and its stone walls today. The well called “Wealth Well” left at the foot of the tower base is said to be the origin of the name “Fukui.”

    Worth a visit for what you can see of the history of Fukui - despite much of it being erased by building the Fukui Prefectural government offices where the castle used to be. The views around the...

  • Shibamasa World
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    3.5
    123 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichouhamaji 45-1
    A theme park located in Mikuni Town Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture which has an amusement park as well as campground, pool, and other fun facilities. Some of the park’s many attractions include roller coasters, go-carts, and bicycling. There’s also clay shooting, ground golf, and one of the largest 3D mazes in Japan—from children to adults, there’s fun things for everyone! The pool, only open in summer, has a popular inner tube waterslide registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest and longest in the world. Since 2014, the park has also opened the pool at night.

    I (teenager) enjoyed coming here with my younger cousins and brother. I do not know much about the pricing, but the lines were sometimes long for the more popular slides. There are other very small...

  • Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse
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    3.5
    88 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Kanegasakichou 4-1
    The Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse was designed by a foreign engineer in 1905, and its North building, South building and brick walls were registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property in 2009. It is a place to meet nostalgia and get a sense for the port atmosphere. You can enjoy Tsuruga history in the Diorama Building, fancy dining on Tsuruga seafood in the restaurant building, and strolls amid the sea breeze in the open garden. Seven minutes by car via Tsuruga Interchange on Hokuriku Expressway.

    This place is named Brick Warehouses, but there are only two of them, it sounds disappointing. However the inside there is a theme park of a diorama, it is worth checking out. Admission is 800yen per...

  • Heisenji Temple Hakusan Shrine
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    4.5
    117 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Katsuyama-shi Heisenjicho Heisenji 56-63
    A temple in Heisenji-cho, Katsuyama City. It was founded in 717 CE as a location to worship the holy mountain, Mt. Hakusan. By the time of the warring states period it had swelled into a massive holy city housing 8000 monks. Though prosperous the monastery was then destroyed during the Ikko-Ikki Jodo Shinshu Buddhist uprising. Remnants of the massive temple grounds still remain and the area has been designated a national historic site called the Old Temple Grounds of the Hakusan Heisenji Temple. It is also called the Kokedera or Moss Temple because of the beautiful scenery of the grounds completely covered in moss.

    Beautiful secluded and most zen shrine in the whole of japan. When I visited literally nobody was there which made it more beautiful.

  • Tojinbo Tower
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    3.0
    103 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichouantou Tojiban
    Tojinbo Tower rises to a height of 100 meters above sea level and 55 meters above the ground, giving spectacular views; its status as the only large observation tower on the Sea of Japan coast has made it very popular. From the second floor level of the Tower, visitors can view the Tojinbo Coast, with its precipitous cliffs (sculpted by the action of the Sea of Japan’s fierce waves) which extend for a length of around one kilometer, as well as Oshima Island and the Echizen Coast; looking the other way, they can see the peaks of Mt. Hakusan. Tojinbo Tower is also famous as a great place for bringing couples closer together. The Tower is located approximately 25-minute drive from the Kanazu Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    It didnt go up it but visited the Tojinbo cliffs. The tower dominates the whole area and although we enjoyed the day, the irony and tackiness of the tower does spoil the area a great deal. I would...

  • Wakasa Fisherman's Wharf
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Kawasaki 1-3-2
    A popular attraction at this facility, where you can sightsee, shop and eat to enjoy your fill of the appeal of Wakasa is its 50-minute cruises on which you can enjoy the dynamic scenery created by the crashing waves of the Sea of Japan. Sotomo Cruising boats depart eight times daily from March to November (no 9am cruise in March and no last cruise from 19th to the end of November). The 1st floor houses shops selling a wide range of Wakasa specialties and the 2nd floor a restaurant offering plentiful seasonal seafood.
  • Tojinbo
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    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”.
  • Kyukamura Echizen Mikuni
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichousaki 15-45
    A place to feel the ocean breeze while you enjoy autocamping, tennis, and grand golf, the Kyukamura Echizen Mikuni gives you a great sense of open space, facing the Sea of Japan. There are several things you can try out including kids’ programs, so it’s great for families. They also have set plans for events plus lodging in the hotel located in Kyukamura.

    途中からバスで向かう予定でしたが、宿泊数日前にお電話をくださり、お得なバスチケットを用意してくださってとても好感がもてました。バスも旅館入口に停まるので迷いようがありません。 部屋が広くてとても寛げました。申し込み自己満に蟹のプランがなかったのは残念でした。でも、ごはんはとても美味しかったです。

  • Kitanosho Castle Ruins Shibata Park
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    3.5
    100 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Fukui-shi Chuo 1-21-1
    A park on the site of the former Kitanosho Castle. In 1575 Shibata Katsuie was given control of the Echizen area by Oda Nobunaga and he had Kitanosho castle on the plains constructed. It was a magnificent castle with a nine-story tower and a large castle town surrounding it but fell just eight years later when attacked by the army of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In the park are bronze statues of Shibata Katsuie, his wife Oichi, and their three daughters. Some historical remains including Onigawara roof tiles and chains from a pontoon bridge still remain.

    An interesting place with a shrine and statues, and old castle wall/moat visible. Now even more interesting thanks to English explanations of the history being added. Well worth a visit.

  • Roadside Station Mikata-Goko
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Mikatakaminakagunwakasachou Torihama No. 12231-1
    Located south of Mikata Goko Lakes—registered in Ramsar’s wetlands—Roadside Station Mikata-Goko features a manned guidance station where you can get detailed information on the waterfowl and nature in the swamp. There is also a specialty goods shop, a traffic information center, and a rental bicycles shop.

    お天気が良ければ三方五湖湖畔を散策する予定でしたが、出発少し前から大粒のボタ雪がガンガン降ってきました。とてもではないですが散策出来るようなお天気模様では有りません。そこで道の駅で地元の産品を模索、見つけましたよ、この地方では少し珍しいものを、なんと「生アカモク」が売っていました。ここ最近出品されるようになったようです。これに「あおさ粉」を購入しました。帰宅後に早速アカモクを調理し、あおさ粉を合わ...

  • Tojinbo Sightseeing Boat Cruises
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
    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).

    Quotes from my guide (in Japanese): Dont worry, we have plenty of barf bags. Use all you want. The rocks look like they should fall, but they dont. But sometimes people do. Straight in...

  • Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum
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    4.0
    67 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Kanegasakichou 1-44-1
    This museum is a valuable resource which houses exhibits relating to the landing of Jewish refugees escaping from the Nazi regime in Germany and Polish orphans rescued from Siberia clutching “Visas for Life” issued by Chiune Sugihara, the acting Japanese Consul in Kaunas, Lithuania. Visitors can hear recordings of Chiune Sugihara’s voice and see watches and visas left behind by the refugees among other things.

    Tsuruga is now a small town but was once a major port on the Japan Sea side of the country. The museum is small but very well done. You are invited to watch a 15 min introductory video upon entry...

  • Yoroppaken Main Shop
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    4.0
    209 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Junka 1-7-4
    A famous restaurant visited by fans from far and wide and said to be the originator of sauce katsu-don, a local Fukui Prefecture specialty consisting of breaded pork cutlet soaked in Worcester sauce and served on a bowl of rice. It’s said sauce katsu-don was invented when the owner returned from a trip to Germany and, seeking to popularize the Worcester sauce he encountered there in Japan, created the dish to serve at a food fair in 1913. The shop’s pork cutlets, breaded with small panko bread crumbs, deep fried, and drenched in Worcester sauce, are so juicy and tender they can be cut with chopsticks. Served with several cutlets piled high on a bowl of rice, the shop’s sauce katsu-don is also visually impressive. The nearest station is Fukui Station.

    Came here for my kids as they are fan of fried stuff. In the end, we all enjoyed it. Ordered the set that comes with huge piece of prawn, minced pork and port cutlet. They are lightly coated, crispy...

  • 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.
  • Prism Fukui
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    3.5
    70 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Chuou 1-1-25
    Prism Fukui—the shopping center of JR Fukui Station—is a shopping center that features places to eat or drink, drug stores, relaxation centers and even Fukui souvenirs. There are several stores selling Echizen crab or seafood products, famous candy, and even local spirits. It also features good access to highway buses and Echizen Railway.

    Shops, mostly selling Fukui souvenir snacks/food, a good cafe (Colorado), and some restaurants, and a supermarket, inside Fukui station. Theres a small shop that sells Fukui and Japanese style...

  • Megane Museum
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    3.5
    52 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    I think the megane museum is mostly just the store to buy frames. The museum is tiny and the main workshop requires prior arrangements - over 3 weeks in advance to make your own glass frames, and the...

  • Tsuruga Railway Museum (Former Tsuruga Port Station Building)
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Tsuruga-shi Minatomachi 1-25
    A museum located within Kanegasaki Ryokuchi Park in Kanegasaki-cho, Tsuruga City. The building is a reproduction of the departure and arrival station for the Europe-Asia International Express that ran from Tokyo to Tsuruga Port. Inside the museum are exhibits on the history of Tsuruga's railways as well as actual railway materials and models.

    Railroad fans might enjoy seeing the evolution of rail service in the small town of Tsuruga. The exhibits aren’t really focused towards children. Rail historians that can read Japanese language...

  • Gotanjo-ji Temple
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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, dont 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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