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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.

    The collection of dinosaur fossil here is amazing! They have all the dinosaur I could name and more! Fossils come from different parts of the world. Each exhibit has the skeleton and a mini display...

  • Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
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    4.0
    30 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
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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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    4.0
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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.

    メガネミュージアムの2fにあるカフェです。軽食がと飲み物が中心のお店でした。 ケーキセットを頼みました。チーズケーキとアイスコーヒーで値段は700円で普通のおいしさでした。店内はメガネ会館の店舗やオブジェ、ガラス張りになって風景も見渡せ良い雰囲気でした。

  • MUSEUM Hana no Kura
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    Fukui Pref. Yoshidaguneiheijichou Fujimaki 34-2
    This exhibition hall is located on the grounds of Kogyoji Temple in Fujimaki, Eiheiji Town, Yoshida County. It features a range of exhibits on topics including the history of Kogyoji Temple such as its major role in the missionary work of the Buddhist priest Rennyo in Yoshizaki, as well as on the folktales of Echizen Province (today the northern portion of Fukui Prefecture). Other exhibits include a collection of Buddhist statues from places including Bhutan and India, and other regions.
  • Mikuni Ryushokan Museum
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    Fukui Sakai Mikunicho Midorigaoka 4-2-1
    A museum located along the Ryutozaka Road in Midorigaoka 4 Chome, Mikuni-cho, Sakai. With the concept of “This Museum Contains All of Mikuni”, the exhibits cover the history and culture of Mikuni, a port town that flourished as the gateway to Echizen Province. The exterior of the building is a restoration of the Ryuto Elementary School that was built in 1879, and there's an exhibit on the fourth floor dedicated to award winning trick art.

    東尋坊や芦原温泉は何度か行ったことがあるので、初めての場所で面白そうなところを探していた時、見つけた町です。中心地からは少しはなりていますが、のんびり町歩きを楽しみながら歩いて行きました。外観も素敵です。

  • Mihama Nuclear Power PR Center
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
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    Fukui Mikata-gun Mihamacho Nyu
    An exhibition hall along Prefectural Route 141 in Nyu, Mihama, Mikata. It's located opposite the Kansai Electric Power Company Mihama Nuclear Power Plant. On display are videos and models that explore the themes of nuclear power generation, nuclear power plant safety measures, radiation, and energy mixing. There's also a café overlooking the sea and a shop selling specialty goods.

    浜岡や女川などこの手のピーアールセンターとしては撮影禁止箇所もなく意外と拍子抜け。東京電力福島第一原子力発電所事故の概要が矢鱈詳しく分析されています。それを受けての関西電力における美浜発電所の安全対策や安全性向上対策の取組み状況のコントラストが印象的。トイレの温水洗浄便座が機能していれば猶良し。

  • ELGAIA OHI
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    Fukui Oi-gun Oicho Narumi 1-2 Uminpia Oi
    A museum in Narumi, Oi, Oi. They have a theater equipped with an extra-large 22-meter by 6-meter screen showing virtual reality videos as well as rides exploring a concept of an outer space power plant in the latter half of the 21st century. There are also exhibits including graphic panels that allow you to learn about the future of energy and the earth through experience.
  • Fukui Prefectural Museum of Ceramics
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    Fukui Nyu-gun Echizencho Ozowara 120-61
    A museum in Ozowara, Echizen, Nyu. In addition to the museum, which shows off the charms of Echizen pottery through their collection on display, they also have a tea room and garden on the premises. They also offer pottery classes where you can experience electric pottery wheels and hand throwing as well as ceramic painting.
  • 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.
  • Fukui Prefectural Children's Science Center - Angel Land Fukui
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    4.5
    41 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.

    An excellent place for children, with lots to do both inside and outside. It is completely free to enter and use the main areas. Outside there is a large grass open area, lots of different play area...

  • Wakasa History Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Onyu 2-104
    This museum, which collects, stores and exhibits objects concerning the history and folklore of the Wakasa region, actively plans various events including themed and touring exhibitions in addition to a wide range of permanent exhibitions such as Buddha statues made in the region and those influenced by the former capital Kyoto, the diverse festival culture of Wakasa and artefacts from the Paleolithic to the Tumulus Periods. There are also original products incorporating typical Wakasa historical and natural scenes in their designs on sale.

    This a great place to learn about the history, importance and influence of the Wakasa area. It is a very informative tour and I recommend going there. However, it may seem small compared to other...

  • Echizengani Museum
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Nyugunechizenchou Kuriya 71-324-1
    This museum, which was reopened after renovations in 2016, is a place where you can encounter a new kind of “crab culture.” In this hands-on facility, visitors can have fun and learn about Echizen crabs and the mysteries of the Sea of Japan. The facility is divided into seven zones including the Crab Lab where you can study the different kinds of crabs and the structure of their bodies and the Under-sea Tunnel where you can see the different fish of the seasons off the Echizen coast.

    2019年11月越前カニ祭りで大学2年の娘と訪れました。高速道路の事故、渋滞で到着が14時と出遅れました。道の駅越前で毎年開催されます。道路も渋滞、すごい人出です。カニを求めて「カニ食いに行こう」です。毎年、少しづつ値段が上がっています。けれど美味しいカニを食べに来てしまいました。

  • Tsuruga Konbukan
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    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Sakanoshita 17-3-1
    At this museum, visitors can see, eat and feel through exhibits on the history of konbu (kelp), its distribution channels and how people have been eating it and a super theatre where visitors can enjoy films about konbu. It also organizes a wide range of fun events. There are also many products that demonstrate the attraction of konbu and is crowded with shoppers.
  • Fukui City Museum of Natural History
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Asuwakamichou 147
    This museum has a permanent exhibition consisting of three areas themed around the relationship between people and nature: Mt. Asuwa Nature Encyclopedia, History of our Hometown and Nature of our Hometown. It also has an observatory which it uses to popularize celestial events so that many people can enjoy them. The museum also holds various observation gatherings and courses and you can participate in star-gazing without prior reservation.

    Still just 100 yen, which is excellent value for this museum. Has the same interesting exhibits of local geology and wildlife, plus they have added some new items. They now have a simple English...

  • Fukui City History Museum
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    4.0
    39 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...

  • Wakasa Mikata Jomon Museum
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    Fukui Mikatakaminakagun-gun Wakasacho Torihama 122-12-1
    A park located along National Route 162 in Torihama, Wakasa Town, Mikatakaminaka County. The park is on the shore of Lake Mikata and within you'll find sites such as the Jomon plaza where a classic pit dwelling has been recreated. In the Wakasa Mikata Jomon Museum, also located within the park, they have archeological materials on display dating back to the Jomon period including artifacts excavated from the Torihama Shell Mound.
  • Ono Historical Museum
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    3.0
    12 Reviews
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    Fukui Ono-shi Tenjincho 2-4
    A museum located along Sanban-dori Street in Tenjin-cho, Ono City. Their collection includes historical materials ranging from the Jomon period to the early modern period. On display are materials related to the Mt. Hakusan faith and the political reforms of Toshitada Doi, seventh member of the Doi family to rule over the Ono Domain.

    大野図書館の左手にあります。 大野市観光パスポートの対象施設です。 第一、第二展示室があり。時間もそこまで取らせないので 行ったという証にしかならなかった。

  • Tsuruga Nuclear Power Pavilion Visitor Center
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    Fukui Tsuruga-shi Myojincho 1
    An exhibition hall located along Prefectural Route 141 in Myojin-cho, Tsuruga City. There are a variety of exhibits teaching about nuclear power generation, including the power generation mechanism at Tsuruga Power Station, radiation and waste disposal, and an exhibition introducing wild birds and fish that live in the surrounding area. There's also an open-air lawn playground with play equipment looking over the power plant.
  • Tsuruga Municipal Museum
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    Fukui Tsuruga-shi Aioicho 7-8

Fukui Areas

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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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