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  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
    587 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.

    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...

  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • Kehi-jingu Shrine
    142 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.

    We visited the Shrine whilst on a cruise day stop. We saw several Shrines whilst in Japan and although they all seem very much alike there is always a different charm to them all. It was quiet and...

  • Yokokan Garden
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Houei 3-11-36
    Yokokan was the Fukui feudal lord’s Matsudaira Family villa and was called the “Osensui Residence” during the Edo period. It had a Japanese strolling pond garden with a large pond at its center. Various ingenuities have been assimilated into the garden and it is considered that the view from around the banks of the pond and the view from within the residence were taken into consideration. The sukiya zukuri style (in the style of a tea ceremony house) of building called the “Ochaya” located on the east of the pond plays a central role in this building. You can have green tea and sweets at “Otsukiminoma”, and you can spend your time leisurely while enjoying the scenery with Japanese Iris being reflected in the pond.
  • Echizen Ono Castle
    101 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Onoshi Shiromachi 3-109
    Echizen Ono Castle was built by Kanamori Nagachika who was Oda Nobunaga’s vassal, and recently it has also been called “castle in the sky Echizen Ono Castle”. The Ono basin is surrounded by mountains on every side. The lofty castle rises up at the central part of Kameyama, however, when the castle town is wrapped in a sea of clouds, the castle appears as if it is floating in the sky. It is said that the period from October to the end of April is when this phenomenon occurs, and it is especially likely to occur around November. It is recommended to view it from Inuyama which is located to the west of Echizen Ono Castle.

    We read up on its history and a number of reviews and then found the official website for the castle. Disappointed we could not get to see it or enjoy the described panoramic views of the whole...

  • Tojinbo Sightseeing Boat Cruises
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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).
  • Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
    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
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Gotanjo-ji Temple
    31 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Echizenshi Shoudenchou 32-1-1
    A Soto Buddhist temple located in Shoden Town, Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture which has come to be known as the “Cat Temple” after being featured frequently in television programs and other media. The temple takes care of stray, sick, and injured cats; spays and neuters strays; and helps cats find new homes; at any given time, dozens of cats are being taken care of on the temple grounds. The temple works with Fukui Prefecture health and welfare centers and also periodically holds events to help their cats find new homes. The temple is visited by countless cat-lovers from around the country.

    I take the JR train to Takefu, and walked about 1 hour 15 minutes to reach here (walking time of return is about 1 hour, as I knew the way and make it faster). If you are super cat lover, don't miss...

  • Kazurabashi Bridge
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    Fukui Pref. Imadategunikedachou Shiduhara
    A 12 meter high, 44 meter long rope bridge spanning the Asuwa River in Ikeda Town, Imadate County, Fukui Prefecture. This unusual bridge was made from hardy kiwi and other vine plants. The bridge crossing is a thrilling experience—you can view the swift river below through the large gaps between the bridges footboards. The bridge sways significantly whenever anyone crosses, and even adults will need to dig up some courage to make the journey. The distinct, seasonal beauty of the valley is a must-see. The bridge is closed from early December until the end of March.
  • Ryusogataki Waterfall
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    Fukui Pref. Imadategunikedachou Omoto
    Ryusogataki Waterfall is located in Ikeda Town, Imadate County, Fukui Prefecture and has a height of about 60 meters. It has been chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls. The sight of water crashing down the rock face is nothing short of spectacular. The fresh verdure in spring, and the beautifully colored leaves and natural scenery of the ravine in autumn are beautiful sights to behold. And in the summer, people flock to this popular tourist spot in search of a cool respite from the scorching summer heat. The sheer height and power of the waterfall is enough to overwhelm anyone as they descend the stairs down to the bottom of the falls. Legend has it that a dragon, who lived in the water, used to climb the falls to fly high into the sky, and also long ago a priest named Ryuso performed ascetic practices here by carving images of deities and of the Buddha. Entry is not allowed to the waterfall during the winter because of snow.
  • Ichijo Falls
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Joukyoujichou
    Ichijo Falls is a waterfall located in the upper reaches of Ichijodani River in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture. This is where the famous sword master Sasaki Kojiro mastered his secret sword technique, known as Tsubame Gaeshi. It’s a popular spot for tourists who can witness the large mass of water crashing down the 12 meter high rock face. There is a statue of Sasaki Kojiro at the entrance to the waterfall and there are also some walking paths in the area.
  • Keya Kurotatsu Shrine
    5 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Keya 3-8-1
    Located in Keya, Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture, this old shrine is beloved by locals as “Kurotatsu-san.” Said to have been built in Kurotatsu Town as a water deity for guarding Kuzuryu River, it receives adoration as one of Japan’s old four Daimyojin. It’s believed to be useful for warding off bad fortune, improving vitality, pregnancy, safe birth, and success in business. Recently, it’s popular as a power spot. The precincts feature many spots for improving fortune, like the “gankake ishi” or the “kounno nadeishi.”


  • Mikata-goko (Five Lakes of Mikata)
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    Fukui Prefecture Mikata-gun Mihama-cho/Wakasa cho
    Mikata-goko (Five Lakes of Mikata) in Mikatakaminaka County is a collective name for five lakes: Lake Mikata, Lake Suigetsu, Lake Suga, Lake Kugushi, and Lake Hiruga. Due to differences in depth and salinity, each lake is a slightly different color on its surface, and they form magical scenery. Rainbow Line Summit Park is known as a viewing point for overlooking all the five lakes.
  • Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Kidonouchichou
    The Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins are the remains of a castle town, located in the Kidonouchi Town of Fukui City. The ruined town, which was ruled by the Asakura family for five generations over a period of 103 years in Japan’s Sengoku (Warring States) period, has been the subject of archeological excavation work, and has been designated as a Special Historic Site and as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Visitors can learn about the prosperity of the Asakura family and the culture of the period by examining restored artifacts from excavated samurai houses and townspeople’s houses at the Ichijodani Asakura Family Site Museum, and by viewing the site of Asakura Yoshikage’s mansion and the associated gardens.
  • Tojinbo Tower
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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.
  • Mizushima Island
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    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Myoujinchou Water island
    Mizushima Island, which is famous for its pristine sea-water and white sand, is a small, uninhabited island located near the tip of the Tsuruga Peninsula. During the period when the water is suitable for sea-bathing (from early July to late August), there are ferries operating every day that take visitors out to the Island. As Mizushima Island is surrounded by sandbanks and reefs, it is recommended that visitors wear appropriate footwear, such as beach shoes.
  • Uriwari Waterfall
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    Fukui Pref. Mikatakaminakagunwakasachou Tentokuji 37-1-3
    The Uriwari Waterfall is named for the fact that the water that springs from the rocks in the mountains here is cold enough to split a gourd, even in summer. The multiple ground layers act as a natural filter, creating mineral water with high purity filtered through many months. It is water beloved by many and one of the top springs in Japan’s 100 Best Springs. Flowers bloom in all four seasons around the arbor, with the beautiful hydrangeas of June being particularly intoxicating. About 15 minutes on foot from JR Kaminaka Station.

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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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