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  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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    4.5
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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...

  • 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。

  • 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.
  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum Field Station
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    Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi Murokochou Terao 51-11 Inside forest of the Marine dinosaurs
    An outdoor dinosaur museum located in Katsuyama Dinosaur Forest Park in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture famous as one of the largest dinosaur fossil excavation sites in Japan. The grounds are divided into three zones—a viewing area where you can see the fossil excavation site up close, an exhibition hall where you can learn about the fossils found here and the techniques used, and an area where you can experience what it’s like to excavate a fossil yourself. Visiting the site is a tour-only affair. You can reserve a tour in advance, and same-day tour tickets are also sold on a first come, first serve basis. A dedicated bus is used to get to the site which can be boarded in front of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.
  • Fukui Prefectural Children's Science Center - Angel Land Fukui
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    4.0
    37 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.

    This is a great park and museum with a lot for kids to do and learn. The main play area if free and the science museum area is very cheap. The outside plark play rea also has climbing areas which are...

  • Sabae City Nishiyama Zoo
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    5.0
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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.

    やはりここへ来たらレッサーパンダがメインですね なぜここにいるんだろうと不思議に思います アクセスもよく鯖江よったついでにいけます

  • Wakasa History Museum
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    4.0
    10 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.

    若狭の歴史や文化を紹介する歴史博物館に入館。常設展は、仏像、祭り、成り立ち、都への道、海の道の5部構成。一番興味深かったのが仏像でした。すでに羽賀寺、明通寺、妙楽寺で素晴らしい仏像を拝観してきたのですが、この地域に伝わった大日如来坐像、地蔵菩薩像、不動明王二童子像などをじっくり鑑賞してきました。「都への道」では京都や奈良との近さを感じることができます。

  • Echizengani Museum
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    3.5
    18 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.

    越前がにミュージアムは、「越前がに」の 生態や近海の魚たちを紹介しています。 建物が特徴的で「かに」の形をしています。

  • 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.
  • Fukui City Museum of Natural History
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    4.5
    11 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...

  • Fukui Fine Arts Museum
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    3.5
    8 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.

    地元で見逃した展示が偶然福井で開催されるとのことでしたので、初めての訪問です。建物はかなり古いようで、初日にも関わらず、人影まばらでした。展示自体はまぁまぁの感じでしたが、他人事ながら採算が心配になりました。

  • Fukui City History Museum
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    4.0
    33 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...

  • Arawa Lake Kitagata Iris Garden
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    Fukui Pref. Awarashi Kitagata 211
    Opened in 1976. Awara Lake Kitagata Iris Garden is one of the largest such gardens in Japan. For about one month beginning early in June, about 200,000 irises of 300 varieties bloom in profusion, creating a splendid visual delight that looks like a painting. Every year during the blooming season, the Hana Shobu Matsuri is held, visitors can enjoy local traditional performing arts, a market featuring famous local products, and boat excursions on the lake.
  • MUSEUM Hana no Kura
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    Fukui Pref. Yoshidaguneiheijichou Fujimaki 34-2
    This exhibition hall is located on the grounds of Kogyoji Temple in Fujimaki, Eiheiji Town, Yoshida County. It features a range of exhibits on topics including the history of Kogyoji Temple such as its major role in the missionary work of the Buddhist priest Rennyo in Yoshizaki, as well as on the folktales of Echizen Province (today the northern portion of Fukui Prefecture). Other exhibits include a collection of Buddhist statues from places including Bhutan and India, and other regions.
  • Fukui City Art Museum
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    4.0
    11 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.

    明治33年に石川県で生まれたそうですが、幼少から福井市で育ち、福井中学から東京外国語学校に進み、渡仏し、彫刻家としても活動、帰国後、多くの作品を残し、世界的にも有名になった高田博厚氏の作品が数多く展示され、見ごたえがありました。 彫刻のつくり方の解説もあり、勉強になりました。

  • Mikuni Ryushokan Museum
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
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    Fukui Sakai 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.

    みくに龍翔館は、三国町の歴史資料館で、外観は旧龍翔館小学校を模しています。三国町にこんな立派な学校があったことに驚きますが、もともと小学校は三国港に近い、旧森田銀行本店や森田本家などがあったあたりにあったとのこと。跡地には龍翔館のような建物が建てられています。

  • Mihama Nuclear Power PR Center
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    4.5
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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 café 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。

  • ELGAIA OHI
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    Fukui Oi-gun Oicho Narumi 1-2 Uminpia Oi
    A museum in Narumi, Oi, Oi. They have a theater equipped with an extra-large 22-meter by 6-meter screen showing virtual reality videos as well as rides exploring a concept of an outer space power plant in the latter half of the 21st century. There are also exhibits including graphic panels that allow you to learn about the future of energy and the earth through experience.

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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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