Spots in Fukui Area

  • Maruoka Castle (Kasumigajo)
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    4.0
    341 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
    205 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...

  • Kehi-jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    178 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
    122 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.

  • Shibamasa World
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    3.5
    125 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...

  • Tojinbo Tower
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    3.0
    105 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...

  • 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.
  • Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse
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    3.5
    94 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.

    Nice place for shopping of some local products and a few restaurants inside too. Would have been nice if some of the restaurants put menus in English too. There is some museum or something like...

  • 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”.
  • 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...

  • Rainbow Line Summit Park
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    4.0
    87 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...

  • 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。

  • 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.

    国道305号線沿いにある道の駅です。 海産物を買うことができるお土産店もあります。 道路を挟む形で休憩所やお土産店、温泉があります。

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Asuwayama Park
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Yamaokuchou 58-97
    An amusement park located in Asuwayama Park, a lush park with spectacular views 20 minutes from the Fukui interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway. Surrounded by trees and situated on a sloping hill, facilities include a small zoo and playground. The new Happy Jungle zoo building provides a space which animals and people can share, and here visitors will find capybara, marmosets, and other small mammals as well as birds and reptiles. There are also rare animals such as parrots and parakeets protected under the Washington Convention as well as red kangaroos.

    Asuwayama Park is known for its 3500 cherry trees. If you catch it when the sakura are at peak it should be quite beautiful. We visited the first week in April and we were a bit early for peak...

  • Roadside Station Mikata-Goko
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    3.5
    50 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...

  • 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...

  • Tsuruga Railway Museum (Former Tsuruga Port Station Building)
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    4.0
    61 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...

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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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