Spots in Fukui Area

  • Maruoka Castle (Kasumigajo)
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    4.0
    351 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    This castle ranks 30th of the thousands of Japanese ancient castles. However there was nothing much to see. It was destroyed in an earthquake and it was rebuilt after that. The ticket set including...

  • Echizen Matsushima Aquarium
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    4.0
    215 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.”

    Entrance fee is a bit expensive, almost 2000 yen per person, but a discount can be had with a coupon. Check their website for any coupons before going. A great aquarium once inside, with many...

  • Skijam Katsuyama
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    4.0
    94 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...

  • Kehi-jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    190 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.

    Kehi Shrine, which is the first shrine of Echizen (actual Fukui prefecture), is the main tourist attraction in Tsuruga. If you go to Tsuruga, you shouldn’t miss this shrine. The precinct is vast and...

  • Heisenji Temple Hakusan Shrine
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    4.5
    126 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.

  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
    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.
  • Wakasa Fisherman’s Wharf
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    3.5
    93 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Obama-shi Kawasaki 1-3-2
    At this market complex, you can enjoy seeing, buying, and eating the charms of Wakasa. The complex offers a popular 60-minute boat cruise which enables riders to take in the local dynamic scenery formed by the stormy waters of the Sea of Japan. The Sotomo Cruising boat ride operates from March to November and is offered four times a day to general customers and also runs up to four times a day for private groups (when reservations have been made). The first floor of the complex is a souvenir store carrying famous products from Wakasa. The second floor is a restaurant serving an abundance of seasonal ocean delicacies.

    Apart from gifts, the restaurant at the ground floor(self service) offers great food at a very good price. The sushi and sashimi are very fresh. Miso soup and tea are complimentary. There is a small...

  • 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”.
  • Rainbow Line Summit Park
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    4.0
    90 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Mikatakaminakagunwakasachou Kiyama
    This park is popular for its amazing views from the eastern observation deck of the Mikata-goko Lakes, which were designated as a Ramsar Site in 2005. The park’s rose garden, which has more than 600 roses of 110 varieties, is a must-see. The best viewing periods are May 20 to June 20 in spring and October 20 to November 20 in the fall.

    It took me almost 4 hours by car to get there. I was a bit disappointed. Its quite a nice place, but there are not many roses. A bit expensive I would say, you need to pay for the road that leads...

  • Roadside Station Kuzuryu
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Onoshi Asahi 26-30-1
    The Roadside Station Kuzuryu is composed of three areas—the Fureai Community Building, the JR Kuzuryuko Station, and the farmer’s market. It is center for tourism located at the gateway to the east of Fukui Prefecture. You can feel the warmth of trees here, easing away your stresses. The farmer’s market offers locally produced, specialty fresh goods at a reasonable price. Kuzuryu is brimming with charms.

    土曜日の昼ちょっと過ぎに休憩で利用しました。何かイベントが近くであるらしく、多くの人出で混雑していて、小さめの売店のお弁当は売り切れ、トイレも列を作っていました。駅正面の親子恐竜は、動いたり、止まったりですが、なかなか楽しめます。

  • Roadside Station Echizen
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Transportation
    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.

    紅ズワイも漁期に入りました。ズワイ蟹はもう少し先です。 いろいろ揃った売店、観光案内所、越前蟹ミュ―ジアムと大規模です。

  • Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum
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    4.5
    71 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.

    It is a newly opened museum, a MUST if in the area. It is not the small old museum they had before. It is an EXCELLENT museum, telling the story of the Jews who escaped certain death from Nazi...

  • Roadside Station Mikata-Goko
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    3.5
    53 Reviews
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    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.

    大分から福井へのドライブで立ち寄りました。サービスエリアはトイレとコンビニがあり敷地内に三方五湖の三方湖が一望出来ます。

  • Tojinbo Sightseeing Boat Cruises
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    4.0
    68 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).

    東尋坊へ着いてすぐに直行 ライン友達登録で 1500円が1400円になります 15 分待ちで30 分クルーズ ガイドの男性が 明るくて楽しめました 海辺から見る東尋坊は また絶景です 崖の説明ま聞けて 面白かったです

  • 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
    73 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...

  • Tsuruga Railway Museum (Former Tsuruga Port Station Building)
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    4.0
    64 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.

    Tsuruga was once a gateway to Europe, and people took a ship to Vladivostok from the terminal which was once located near this museum. That’s why Tsuruga was one of the first places where railroad...

  • Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Culture Museum
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Kawasaki 3-4
    Obama, which was the center of Miketsukuni, is a historic place where Wakasa seafood and salt were presented to the ancient Imperial Court and this museum was created as a place where people could come into contact with this history and culture and interact with other people. The museum is divided into sections to introduce the diet of this region with replicas of dishes such as Zoni (rice cake soup)—the Symbol of Japanese New Year Food, Traditional Events and Foods which introduce a year in the folklore treasure trove, Wakasa Obama, based on foods, and Miketsukuni Wakasa and Saba Kaido (the ancient mackerel route) which is Japan Heritage. A number of courses are also offered.

    Everyone we spoke to in town was keen for us to go to this place. Clearly a lot of money and civic pride has been invested in it. The complex has a hot spring resort, a restaurant, a display of...

  • Saint Pia Awara
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    3.5
    42 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukui Pref. Awarashi Onsen 4-305
    The hot spring and cultural amenity zone Saint Pia Awara is a place with an onsen zone that has creative baths like the “ten-no-yu” and “chi-no-yu,” and an amenity zone with tourist information about Awara City, events like dance exhibitions by Awara geisha, and a vendor corner selling fresh specialty city goods. There is also a restaurant that serves light meals, sides, and alcohol.

    芦原温泉郷にある日帰り入浴施設です。500円で利用できレストランもあります。加水加温の循環温泉でお湯はあまり特徴を感じませんでしたが開放的なお風呂でした。

  • Roadside Station Uminpia Oi
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Oigunoichou Narumi 1-1-2
    This facility is part of the Uminpia Oi leisure complex where there is all sorts of fun to be had. The view from the Roadside Station offers a panoramic view of Wakasa Bay. It is popular for the sales area where you can buy seafood freshly caught offshore from Wakasa, seasonal vegetables, rice, fruit and flowers directly from producers, as well as local specialities and an 80-seat food court with a view of the sea. The gelateria, where gelato is made with fruit and vegetables from Oi-cho and milk from Fukui Prefecture, comes highly recommended.

    お土産や海産物が多くあります。 フードコートで食事もできます。 スタッフはフレンドリーです。 電子マネーのペイペイ使えます。

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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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