History / Culture / Tour Spots in Fukui Area

  • 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.

    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...

  • Kehi-jingu Shrine
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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...

  • Fukui Castle Ruins
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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.”

    Worth a visit for what you can see of the history of Fukui - despite much of it being erased by building the Fukui Prefectural government offices where the castle used to be. The views around the...

  • Heisenji Temple Hakusan Shrine
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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.

  • Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse
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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.

    This place is named Brick Warehouses, but there are only two of them, it sounds disappointing. However the inside there is a theme park of a diorama, it is worth checking out. Admission is 800yen per...

  • Kitanosho Castle Ruins Shibata Park
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    Fukui Fukui-shi Chuo 1-21-1
    A park on the site of the former Kitanosho Castle. In 1575 Shibata Katsuie was given control of the Echizen area by Oda Nobunaga and he had Kitanosho castle on the plains constructed. It was a magnificent castle with a nine-story tower and a large castle town surrounding it but fell just eight years later when attacked by the army of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In the park are bronze statues of Shibata Katsuie, his wife Oichi, and their three daughters. Some historical remains including Onigawara roof tiles and chains from a pontoon bridge still remain.

    An interesting place with a shrine and statues, and old castle wall/moat visible. Now even more interesting thanks to English explanations of the history being added. Well worth a visit.

  • Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum
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    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Kanegasakichou 1-44-1
    This museum is a valuable resource which houses exhibits relating to the landing of Jewish refugees escaping from the Nazi regime in Germany and Polish orphans rescued from Siberia clutching “Visas for Life” issued by Chiune Sugihara, the acting Japanese Consul in Kaunas, Lithuania. Visitors can hear recordings of Chiune Sugihara’s voice and see watches and visas left behind by the refugees among other things.

    Tsuruga is now a small town but was once a major port on the Japan Sea side of the country. The museum is small but very well done. You are invited to watch a 15 min introductory video upon entry...

  • Gotanjo-ji Temple
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    39 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, dont miss...

  • Tsuruga Railway Museum (Former Tsuruga Port Station Building)
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    57 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.

    Railroad fans might enjoy seeing the evolution of rail service in the small town of Tsuruga. The exhibits aren’t really focused towards children. Rail historians that can read Japanese language...

  • Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Culture Museum
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    53 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...

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

  • 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.
  • Megane Museum
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    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...

  • Former Morita Bank Headquarters
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    40 Reviews
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    Fukui Sakai-shi Mikunicho Minamihonmachi 3-3-26
    A historical building in Minamihonmachi 3-Chome, Mikuni-cho, Sakai City. It was built in 1920 as the bank headquarters for the local Morita family who made a fortune in the shipping business. It is the oldest reinforced concrete building remaining in the prefecture and is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan.

    Some friends and I happened across this place by accident as we were eating gelatos at the great gelato place just opposite. The guide was an absolutely lovely middle-aged lady who provided me with...

  • Fukui City History Museum
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    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...

  • Tsurugi Shrine
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    Fukui Pref. Nyugunechizenchou Ota 113-1
    This shrine, which has been fervently worshipped by many people including the Imperial Court and revered as a sacred prayer ground since the Nara period, is located in the hometown of the Oda Nobunaga’s ancestors who attended the shrine, the 2nd highest ranked in Echizen Province, as Shinto priests and Echizen Ota no Sho Manor administrators and is famous as a shrine where Lord Oda worshipped the local deity. The main shrine, the auxiliary shrine and the main Oda shrine have all been designated as cultural properties by the prefecture.

    越前の国の二宮です。織田信長に所縁のある神社です。信長の先祖はこの神社の神官といわれ領主の斯波氏の尾張移転に伴い、名古屋に移ったそうです。朱色の鳥居をくぐると、その先に本殿があります。織田神社や重軽石、婦スギなどもありました。織田氏のゆかりの神社のためか、団体のバスも来ており、結構参拝客が多かったです。

  • Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
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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...

  • Jinguji Temple
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    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Jinguji 30-4
    Being a syncretized Shinto and Buddhist temple, this is an extremely rare temple where worshippers clap their hands. It is famous for the Shinto ritual of omizu-okuri (sending water) to the Nara’s Todaiji Temple Nigatsu-do Hall. It houses a late Kamakura period Deva Gate (a Nationally Important Cultural Property) and Nanboku-cho period wooden god and sitting goddess statues as well as the main hall (also a National Important Cultural Property) which was built in the Muromachi period and is so magnificent that it is said to be the best in Wakasa.

    You may know the Omizutori ceremony in Todai-ji Temple, Nara. The ceremony is held on March 12. Previously, on March 2, another ceremony is held at Unose in Obama City. It is the buddhism priest of...

  • Katsuyama Castle Museum
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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.

  • Takidanji Temple
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    24 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichoutakidani 1-7-15
    Founded by Eiken Shonin in 1375 during the Northern and Southern Dynasties Period, Takidaniji Temple houses a number of National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties and old documents, always keeping a portion of them on display. It has much to see, including the sansui garden, a Place of Scenic Beauty in the country. This spectacular Japanese garden offers a nice atmosphere through each of the four seasons.

    The garden is beautiful. The priests mother keeps 5 or 6 cats and they are fat and adorable. The are mixed, Persian and others. Anyway it is worth visiting this temple to see the building, garden...

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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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