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  • 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.
  • 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...

  • Takidanji Temple
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    4.5
    16 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.

    I came here for a short visit on a Sunday afternoon around 2pm or so with friends who paid my entry fee at the entrance building - I think it was about 400 yen. We walked through the beautiful...

  • Mantokuji Temple
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    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Kanaya 74-23
    Famous for its flowers, this temple has a dry landscape garden carpeted with white sand featuring azaleas in the spring, new greenery in the early summer and the changing leaves of Japanese maple trees in the fall which lend color to the temple. It also has the only garden designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty of the eight local temples noted for their national treasures and cultural properties. It is also known for its wooden sitting statue of Amitabha, a National Important Cultural Property sculpted in the late Heian period.

    若狭彦神社の近くにあります。 拝観をお願いすると、本堂に安置されている平安時代後期の阿弥陀如来像(重文指定)をはじめ弥勒菩薩図や不動明王図(共に重文指定)など、貴重な文化財を拝観することができます。 その後、山の斜面を活かした「曼荼羅庭園」と言われる庭園に案内されますが、国の名勝に指定されている美しい庭園で、多種の花が咲くことから「花の寺」とも言われています。

  • 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.

    毎年3月2日に行われる、奈良・東大寺二月堂の「お水送り」の神事として有名なお寺で、お水取りに使う香水は神宮寺境内の井戸で汲んだ香水を使うそうです。

  • Myotsuji Temple
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    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Monzen 5-21
    This temple, famous for its late Heian period National Important Cultural Properties such as the wooden standing statues of Gozanze Myo-o, Jinja Daisho and Acalanatha among others, is also a valuable historical structure including the main hall and the three-storied pagoda, National Treasures built in the middle of the Kamakura period. The pagoda in particular is a typical Kamakura structure, notable for its overall balance and the precision of its entablature.
  • Tsurugi Shrine
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    16 Reviews
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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.

    織田家ゆかりの神社です。敷地はかなり広くて森林浴になるぐらいに木が生い茂ってます。お正月にはかなり混みますが普段はひっそりとしていてお参りしやすいです。

  • Daianzenji Temple
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Tanotanichou 21-4
    All the temple buildings including the main hall were designated as National Important Cultural Properties in 2008. This temple is famous for its vegetarian cuisine using seasonal ingredients such as wild and farmed vegetables, seaweed and grains. Reservations are accepted for groups of 10 or more and it is possible to combine a meal with courses in zazen (seated meditation) and shakyo (sutra copying), for example. This temple, where you can sightsee, participate and eat, is also the 10th stop for collecting amulets on the Hokuriku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage.

    1230年前に泰澄大師が竜王山田谷寺を創設、越前の庶民の崇敬を集めたが、天正2年、大量殺戮と文化財破壊者の織田信長によって焼失させられ、灰塵と帰したが、その跡地に西暦1658年、第四代福井藩主の松平光通が越前松平家の永代菩提寺として建立したのがこの大安寺です。正式には萬松山大安寺と云う。禅宗寺院で数多くの重文指定も最近になされている。この寺の松平家の霊廟は石畳が1360枚も敷き詰められていることか...

  • Daishizan Seidaiji Temple (Echizen Great Buddha)
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    66 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi Katase 50-1-1
    "Daishiyama Seidaiji Temple, completed in 1987, is located about a 10-minute drive from the Katsuyama Interchange on the Chubu-Jukan Expressway. Kiyoshi Tada, founder of the Sogo Taxi Company, built it as the culmination of a long-held wish. The most striking feature is a 17-meter statue of Biroshana Nyorai (Vairocana) in the main building. The statue is commonly referred to as ""the Great Buddha of Echizen."" There are numerous additional images for visitors to venerate: standing statues of bodhisattvas and arhats and seated Buddhist images crowded along the walls. Furthermore, visitors can go to the top of the five-story pagoda and see a splendid view of the surrounding countryside."

    Katsuyama city is better known for its dinosaur museum and, yet, the city has another dinosaur of modern origin; i.e.,Echizen Daibutsu. The scale of this Buddha statue competes well with the...

  • Mikata Ishi-kanzeon Temple
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    Fukui Mikatakaminakagun-gun Wakasacho Mikata 22-1
    A temple in Mikata, Wakasa, Mikata-kaminaka. It enshrines a statue of the Kannon that Kobo Daishi is said to have carved in only one night. Also called the One-Handed Kannon as just the right hand has been carved, it is believed to bring blessings to those with limb problems.
  • Hagaji Temple
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    Fukui Obama-shi Haga 83-5
    A temple in Haga, Obama. The temple was established in 716 by the monk Gyoki on order from the Empress Gensho. A wood standing statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon said to modelled on the appearance of Empress Gensho, a wood standing statue of the Thousand-hand Kannon, and a wood standing statue of Bishamonten from the Heian-period are all enshrined in the temple and are all designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan.
  • Honganji Temple West Annex in Yoshizaki
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    Fukui Awara-shi Yoshizaki 1-201
    A temple in Yoshizaki 1-Chome, Awara City. It's origins stem from a rectory created by the monk Rennyo (currently the Yoshizaki Gobo National Historic Site). On the grounds is the Nenrikimon gate, which gifted to the original Kyoto temple by Toyotomi Hideyoshi before being relocated to this location. In the adjacent East Annex there is also a treasure hall.
  • Yoshizaki Gobo Yoshizaki Temple
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    Fukui Awara-shi Yoshizaki 2-902
  • Insetsuji Temple
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    Fukui Echizen-shi Kyomachi 3-3-5
    A temple in Kyomachi 3-Chome, Echizen City. The temple was founded in 1488 by Shinsei, the founder of the Shinseishu Sect of Tendai Buddhism, as the head temple of the sect. On the grounds is the main gate, which is adorned with sculptures of 16 Buddhist saints, a carp climbing a waterfall, and more as well as a stone Buddha who is said to appear to midnight watchmen checking for fires.
  • Eikyuji Temple
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    Fukui Echizen-shi Kyomachi 3-4-34
    A temple in Kyomachi 3-Chome, Echizen. It was founded in 1525. The temple has been a gathering point for local believers for some time and on the grounds you'll find the Nichiren Daiseijin (Great Teacher of Nichiren Buddhism) wooden statue of Nichizo, a monk from the Kamakura period. It is also called the Yakuyoke no Soshi (The founder of protection against bad luck) and the Ichiboku-Santai no Soshi (The founder of three Buddha statues from one Tree).
  • Ryusenji Temple
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    Fukui Echizen-shi Fukakusa 1-10-3
    A temple in Fukakusa 1-Chome, Echizen City. It was founded by the monk Tsugen Jakurei in 1368. It was the family temple for Honda Tomimasa, chief retainer of the Fukui Domain, and is still home to the family mausoleum. The grounds were the site of an ancient temple now called the Fukakusa Haiji Temple and relics have been excavated dating back to the Hakuho period (late 7th century CE).
  • Kippoji Temple
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    Fukui Yoshida-gun Eiheijicho Yoshimine 35-13-2
    A temple in Yoshimine, Eiheiji Town, Yoshida County. This is the temple at which Dogen, founder of the Soto Sect, trained before establishing Eiheiji Temple, the main temple of his sect. On the grounds you'll still find the Gokaisan Zazenseki stone upon which he meditated. You can also hike along the Soseki Course, about a 14-kilometer-trail traveled by Dogen that ends at Eiheiji Temple.
  • Shonenji Temple
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    Fukui Sakai-shi Marukacho Nagasaki 19-17
    A temple in Nagasaki, Maruoka-cho, Sakai City. In began in 721 as a hall containing the image of Amitabha founded by the monk Taicho on imperial request from Empress Gensho. Later, during the Kamakura period, the monk Ippen expanded it into a Jishu Sect temple and it flourished as the premier Amitabha prayer location in the Hokuriku region. It's also registered as a historic location of the prefecture due to being the gravesite for the samurai Nitta Yoshisada who was active during the Nanboku-cho period (mid-late 14th century).
  • Sabae Joshoji Temple
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    Fukui Sabae-shi Honmachi 3-2-38
    A temple located along National Route 417 in Honmachi 3-Chome, Sabae City. This temple is tightly affiliated with the monk Shinran, founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. On the Shisokumon main temple gate is carving by Hidari Jingoro called Kakedashi no Ryuu (Departing Dragon) and the gate is a designated Cultural Property of the Prefecture. On the second Sunday of each month they hold the popular Seiichi market with numerous stalls selling antiques and local gourmet foods.
  • Kokubunji Temple
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    8 Reviews
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    Fukui Obama-shi Kokubu 53-1
    A temple in Kokubu, Obama City. This is one of the Kokubunji Temple's built throughout Japan by the imperial order of Emperor Shomu in 741 CE. The temple is home to a seated wooden statue of the Yakushi Nyorai which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan and the over three-meter tall seated wooden statue of Shaka Nyorai. The main temple building has been burned down numerous times and the adjacent former located of the temple has been designated the Wakasa Kokubunji Temple Ruins National Historic Site.

    東大寺建立の少し後の8世紀中ごろに創建されたようです。当時、若狭地方の中心が小浜であったことが伺えます。現在の釈迦堂が若狭国分寺の金堂があった場所に建っています。また、境内の池には縄文ハスが咲きます。

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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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