Travel / Tourism Spots in Fukui Area

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

  • Kehi-jingu Shrine
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    178 Reviews
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    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...

  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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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.
  • Heisenji Temple Hakusan Shrine
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    4.5
    122 Reviews
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    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
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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”.
  • Tojinbo Tower
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    3.0
    105 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse
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    94 Reviews
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    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...

  • Wakasa Fisherman’s Wharf
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    3.5
    93 Reviews
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Mikata-Goko
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    50 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.

    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...

  • Roadside Station Echizen
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    34 Reviews
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    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。

  • Tojinbo Sightseeing Boat Cruises
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    70 Reviews
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    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...

  • Eihei-ji Temple
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    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.
  • Roadside Station Uminpia Oi
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    27 Reviews
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    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。

  • Roadside Station Nishiyama Park
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    21 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sabaeshi Sakuramachi 3-950
    Located in Sabae City, this roadside station is a popular spot for enjoying the famous azaleas of Nishiyama Park from a nearby eating area. The first floor features a corner where you can buy Sabae-brand products like glasses and lacquerware—primary industries of Sabae City—and also a crop wholesaler space where you can buy fresh, in-season vegetables produced by local farms.

    お土産ものが豊富。食堂も併設してて、地元の方々とおぼしきお客さんで賑わっていました。まだ比較的新しいのかな?とても綺麗。道の駅ってより、地元の方が寄り添うコミュニティ広場って感じでした。 国道8号線から2キロ離れてるいるので、通りすがりの旅人には少しハードルの高めな道の駅かも知れません。

  • Roadside Station Natasho
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Oigunoichou Natashounotaoi 109-4-1
    Located in Oi Town, flanked by mountains and the ocean, Roadside Station Natasho consists of a single-story wooden log house, and is a roadside station reminiscent of “Nata-no-sho” —a lot name that existed from late ancient period to the middle ages. In the Bussankan, they sell specialty products including Jinenjyo (wild yams)—king of wild vegetables—and “Natasho pickles” made with low sodium and using local ingredients. The jinenjyo are only available from mid November to mid December.

    日曜日の10:30ゴロに到着。賑わっています。秋なら地場産の松茸も販売しています。御食事処もありますので、お昼ご飯も食べられます。

  • Megane Museum
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    55 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...

  • Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Culture Museum
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
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    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...

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

  • Mikuni Sunset Beach
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    35 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichoushuku · U.S.
    Perfect for beach bathing, Mikuni Sunset Beach has good quality water, shallow and wide beaches, and is famous for its beautiful sunset over the ocean. The period from July 25 to August 10th is packed with tons of events, including the Mikuni Fireworks Festival, popular with families. You can rent swimming rings, beach umbrellas, and even boats at the beach stand.

    A small stretch of beach in Mikuni, but well-maintained and kept relatively free of garbage compared to other beaches along the coast. Its very popular in summer, full of sunbathers, swimmers and...

  • Roadside Station Seaside Takahama
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    12 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Oiguntakahamachou Shimokuramochi 46-10
    Roadside Station Seaside Takahama is a roadside station with great deals every day, as it features restaurants, a souvenir corner, and hot springs. On family day or healing day, you can enjoy the facilities at a lower price than usual. At the souvenir corner, you can purchase mackerel heshiko, habutaemochi, genroku mochi, slightly pickled sea bream, grilled mackerel sushi and other Takahama Town products, and even souvenirs and maritime products from Fukui and all over Japan.

    青戸の入江の側にある道の駅。 食事処と土産物屋さんが併設。 駐車場は広い。 食事処はファミリーコーナーがありました。

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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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