Culture / Tour Spots in Fukui Area

  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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    4.5
    691 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.

    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...

  • Megane Museum
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    3.5
    52 Reviews
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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.

    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...

  • Fukui City History Museum
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Houei 3-12-1
    This museum, which has a wealth of collections, including the Fukui City Shungaku Commemorative Collection, relating to the Fukui feudal domain and the Echizen Matsudaira Family, has a lot to see such as permanent exhibit rooms divided into 4 themes from pre-historic times up to the post-war recovery period as well as the Matsudaira Historical Records Room. Special exhibitions are also recommended as visitors can learn about the history of Japan and Asia while focusing on local history.

    A small museum, but with many interesting exhibits, such as ancient burial tombs, and old swords and armour, but unfortunately there is no English explanation for the exhibits. Found the Japanese...

  • Fukui Prefectural Children's Science Center - Angel Land Fukui
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    4.5
    43 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Haruechouhigashitaroumaru 3-1
    Angel Land Fukui, a complex that features a play building, a science building, a culture building and a local child hall as central facilities with various functions, is a place for learning about science while enjoying Hokuriku’s largest planetarium and space theater. It is visited by roughly 500,000 people every year. You can experience the latest technology in craftsmanship and manufacturing too. Approximately 16 minutes on foot from JR Harue Station.

    I am a teenager who has gone to Fukui for many summers. Although I am probably the oldest one there every time I visit, I still love to go as it is fun and nostalgic. The outdoors is free, as well as...

  • Katsuyama Castle Museum
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    3.5
    33 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.

  • 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。

  • Echizengani Museum
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Nyugunechizenchou Kuriya 71-324-1
    This museum, which was reopened after renovations in 2016, is a place where you can encounter a new kind of “crab culture.” In this hands-on facility, visitors can have fun and learn about Echizen crabs and the mysteries of the Sea of Japan. The facility is divided into seven zones including the Crab Lab where you can study the different kinds of crabs and the structure of their bodies and the Under-sea Tunnel where you can see the different fish of the seasons off the Echizen coast.

    2019年11月越前カニ祭りで大学2年の娘と訪れました。高速道路の事故、渋滞で到着が14時と出遅れました。道の駅越前で毎年開催されます。道路も渋滞、すごい人出です。カニを求めて「カニ食いに行こう」です。毎年、少しづつ値段が上がっています。けれど美味しいカニを食べに来てしまいました。

  • Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
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    4.0
    30 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...

  • Mikuni Ryushokan Museum
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
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    Fukui Sakai-shi Mikunicho Midorigaoka 4-2-1
    "A museum located along the Ryutozaka Road in Midorigaoka 4 Chome, Mikuni-cho, Sakai. With the concept of ""This Museum Contains All of Mikuni"", the exhibits cover the history and culture of Mikuni, a port town that flourished as the gateway to Echizen Province. The exterior of the building is a restoration of the Ryuto Elementary School that was built in 1879, and there's an exhibit on the fourth floor dedicated to award winning trick art."

    オランダ人技師であったG.A.ラッセルが三国湊町に洋風の木造5階建の龍飛小学校のデザインをされたと言われております。

  • Sabae City Nishiyama Zoo
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sabaeshi Sakuramachi 3-8-9
    Opened in 1985, the Sabae City Nishiyama Zoo has made great strides in raising and breeding rare wild animals, particularly the red panda. This zoo is one of the few in the country to successfully breed red pandas. Red pandas don’t like the heat so you can’t see them much in summer, but there are live cameras placed inside and outside the red panda house, so you can see them in all their cuteness.

    I took a quick side-trip to the zoo (which is tiny) but it has a bunch (a dozen?) red pandas in separate enclosures. There are also some showy pheasants and peacocks and some spider monkeys, but...

  • Fukui City Art Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Fukui Fukui-shi Geba 3-1111
    "This art museum is located inside Geba Central Park in Geba 3-Chome, Fukui City. It features a collection of works by the sculptor Hiroatsu Takata, who grew up in Fukui. The permanent exhibit, ""The World of Hiroatsu Takata,"" features some 80 sculptures and around 10 sketches. The museum also holds special exhibitions as well as workshops in which participants can try their hand at making a variety of objects."

    The art museum is good, though can be expensive to get into the exhibits. Exhibits change regularly. It is attached to a great and large park, with fields, a fountain with paddling pool, and a big...

  • Wakasa History Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Onyu 2-104
    This museum, which collects, stores and exhibits objects concerning the history and folklore of the Wakasa region, actively plans various events including themed and touring exhibitions in addition to a wide range of permanent exhibitions such as Buddha statues made in the region and those influenced by the former capital Kyoto, the diverse festival culture of Wakasa and artefacts from the Paleolithic to the Tumulus Periods. There are also original products incorporating typical Wakasa historical and natural scenes in their designs on sale.

    This a great place to learn about the history, importance and influence of the Wakasa area. It is a very informative tour and I recommend going there. However, it may seem small compared to other...

  • Fukui Fine Arts Museum
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Bunkyou 3-16-1
    Maintaining artistic works in a variety of ways, such as in collections, themed exhibits and in special exhibits, the Fukui Fine Arts Museum primarily assembles works from artists connected to Fukui Prefecture, and has been home to the Okashima collection since 1987. In the special exhibit area, you will find works by many famous artists from Japan and abroad.

    福井で時間があったので立ち寄りましたが、福井駅から少し距離があるので、車がないとアクセスしにくい場所ですね。特別企画展以外の常設展示のみであれば100円で鑑賞できます。時期がずれていて見学できませんでしたが、浮世絵展など5月には開催予定と書かれていましたし、タイミングがあえば色々な美術に触れられると思います。

  • Wakasa Mikata Jomon Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Fukui Mikatakaminakagun-gun Wakasacho Torihama 122-12-1
    A park located along National Route 162 in Torihama, Wakasa Town, Mikatakaminaka County. The park is on the shore of Lake Mikata and within you'll find sites such as the Jomon plaza where a classic pit dwelling has been recreated. In the Wakasa Mikata Jomon Museum, also located within the park, they have archeological materials on display dating back to the Jomon period including artifacts excavated from the Torihama Shell Mound.

    縄文文化をテーマにした博物館になります。匂い玉つくりの体験なども出来る博物館です。年縞なども見れます。

  • Fukui City Museum of Natural History
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Asuwakamichou 147
    This museum has a permanent exhibition consisting of three areas themed around the relationship between people and nature: Mt. Asuwa Nature Encyclopedia, History of our Hometown and Nature of our Hometown. It also has an observatory which it uses to popularize celestial events so that many people can enjoy them. The museum also holds various observation gatherings and courses and you can participate in star-gazing without prior reservation.

    Still just 100 yen, which is excellent value for this museum. Has the same interesting exhibits of local geology and wildlife, plus they have added some new items. They now have a simple English...

  • Ono Historical Museum
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    3.0
    12 Reviews
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    Fukui Ono-shi Tenjincho 2-4
    A museum located along Sanban-dori Street in Tenjin-cho, Ono City. Their collection includes historical materials ranging from the Jomon period to the early modern period. On display are materials related to the Mt. Hakusan faith and the political reforms of Toshitada Doi, seventh member of the Doi family to rule over the Ono Domain.

    大野図書館の左手にあります。 大野市観光パスポートの対象施設です。 第一、第二展示室があり。時間もそこまで取らせないので 行ったという証にしかならなかった。

  • Tsuruga Konbukan
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    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Sakanoshita 17-3-1
    At this museum, visitors can see, eat and feel through exhibits on the history of konbu (kelp), its distribution channels and how people have been eating it and a super theatre where visitors can enjoy films about konbu. It also organizes a wide range of fun events. There are also many products that demonstrate the attraction of konbu and is crowded with shoppers.
  • Mihama Nuclear Power PR Center
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
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    Fukui Mikata-gun Mihamacho Nyu
    An exhibition hall along Prefectural Route 141 in Nyu, Mihama, Mikata. It's located opposite the Kansai Electric Power Company Mihama Nuclear Power Plant. On display are videos and models that explore the themes of nuclear power generation, nuclear power plant safety measures, radiation, and energy mixing. There's also a cafe overlooking the sea and a shop selling specialty goods.

    浜岡や女川などこの手のピーアールセンターとしては撮影禁止箇所もなく意外と拍子抜け。東京電力福島第一原子力発電所事故の概要が矢鱈詳しく分析されています。それを受けての関西電力における美浜発電所の安全対策や安全性向上対策の取組み状況のコントラストが印象的。トイレの温水洗浄便座が機能していれば猶良し。

  • Fukui Botanical Garden Plantopia
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
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    Fukui Nyu-gun Echizencho Asahi 17-3-1
    A botanical garden located along National Route 417 in Asahi, Echizen Town, Nyu County. In a site covering 25 ha you can see over 3,000 types of naturally growing plants. In the main building they have exhibits displaying the evolutionary history of plants as well as a mini greenhouse with a collection of succulent plants. They also have hands-on classes such as creating handicrafts using plants.

    広大な植物園で、四季折々の草花も楽しめる。 土日はクラフトのイベントもあるようです。 しかし、植物園内のトイレの清掃が行き届いていなかったり、老朽化しており、厳しいです。 (建物内トイレはきれいです。ただし和式) 小さい子連れにはオススメしません。

  • Asuwayama Park
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    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.

    ミニ動物園とアスレチック ユニークな施設として池や木などで熱帯雨林の環境を再現し、動物と来園者を隔てる仕切りが一切ないハピジャンがあります。間近で動物の生態を観察できます。他にはポニーやロバなどの小哺乳類がいますが、危険な猛獣はいません。また、13基のアスレチックがあり、小学生くらいまでは大丈夫です。小さなお子様連れには1日楽しめる施設です

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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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