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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...

  • 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.
  • Maruoka Castle (Kasumigajo)
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    4.0
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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.

    We were in Fukui for Eiheiji and had saved time for a visit to the Maruoka. If we weren’t already close by and didn’t have the time, this wouldn’t be a place we’d necessarily go out of our way to...

  • Kehi-jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    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
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    4.0
    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...

  • 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.
  • Gotanjo-ji Temple
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    4.0
    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...

  • 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.
  • Keya Kurotatsu Shrine
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    4.0
    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.”

    福井駅から福井鉄道に乗って10分二駅(足羽山公園口下車)でもいいですね。黒龍大神様は、人間生活の根源である水を司られ、すべての生存活動の上に広大無辺の御霊徳を垂れ給う越前総鎮護の神様継体天皇の古墳と同じ山にあります。高龗神(たかおかみのかみ)と闇龗神(くらおかみのかみ)が主祭神とあります。水の神様ですね。

  • 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.
  • Fukui Prefectural Children's Science Center - Angel Land Fukui
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    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...

  • Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse
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    3.5
    71 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.

    If you are a model train buff you can enjoy a display model railway layout for a small fee. If in need of food or liquid refreshment then they have an eatery to cater for you. But if you are there to...

  • Ippitsu Keijo Nihonichimijikai Tegami no Yakata Museum
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    13 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Maruokachoukasumichou 3-10-1
    Born from the amalgamation of 20 years of history and the thoughts of many people, the Ippitsu Keijo Tegami Museum began with “Ippitsu Keijosho Award” built of the theme of Honda Sakuzemon Shigetsugu’s letters. In the regular exhibit, you can see the history of the “Ippitsu Keijosho Award” along with the prize-winning pieces. Also, sometimes special exhibits are held.

    一筆啓上、火の用心 お仙泣かすな 馬肥やせ 丸岡城の帰りに立ち寄りました。 最近手紙を書く機会がめっきり減りました。 家には便箋や封筒の買い置きもないなぁ。 なんて思いつつ、いかに要点を簡潔に相手に明確に伝える大切さを改めて感じました。 40文字以内の手紙で、今年の課題は、「先生」 僕も何か考えて応募しようかなぁ? 全国から寄せられた色々な手紙。 とても有意義な時間を過ごせました。

  • Ichijodani Asakura Family Site Museum
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Abakachou 4-10
    Founded in 1981, the Ichijodani Asakura Family Site Museum exhibits roughly 500 pieces unearthed from the Ichijodani Asakura Clans Ruins, including many items that are Nationally Designated Important Cultural Properties. Also, on display are excavated materials and topographical models of Ichijodani as well as a reproduction model, offering a look at the history of the ruins and the Asakura family.

    The museum contains artifacts found within the ruins and a diorama of the valley as it would have been during the time of the Asakura clan. Explanations are only written in Japanese so it is helpful...

  • Fukui Castle Ruins
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    3.0
    141 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Ote 3-17-1
    Built by the first Lord of Fukui domain Hideyasu Yuki in 1606, and then serving as the castle for the Echizen Matsudaira family for 270 years and 17 generations, Fukui Castle has been reduced to only a part of the moat and its stone walls today. The well called “Wealth Well” left at the foot of the tower base is said to be the origin of the name “Fukui.”

    It is a big shame that rather than preserve this historical castle site better, for history and tourism of Fukui, the decision was made to fill the site with office buildings. Still, for what there...

  • Yoshizaki Gobo Temple Remains (Miyama)
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    Fukui Pref. Awarashi Yoshizaki 2 Nishi Oyama 148-2
    With its surroundings referred to as “Rennyo no Sato”, the Yoshizaki Gobo Temple Remains have a tradition of being selected as a missionary base in Hokuriku by Rennyo Shonin, restorer of the Hongan-ji Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. It is still visited by many today. Its largest festival—the “Rennyoki” (anniversary of Rennyo’s death)—is held every year from late April to May.
  • Oshio Hachimangu Shrine
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    Fukui Pref. Echizenshi Kunikanechou 22-2
    Hokuriku’s only large-scale hall of worship, Oshio Hachimangu Shrine is a Nationally Designated Important Cultural Property that features a main worship hall and many smaller shrines. It offers a lot to see, with many cultural properties like the temple bell crafted during the Northern and Southern Dynasties Period. The main hall is 15.76 meters wide and 8.88 meters deep, and features a hip-and-gable structure with a shingled roof.

    私はここで結婚式を挙げました。夫婦の木[名前は忘れました]のようなものあり、静かでとても厳粛な雰囲気です。音楽のイベントも行われる事があるようです。

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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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