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Nature Spots in Fukui Area

  • Tojinbo
    Travel / Tourism
    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”.
  • Ryusogataki Waterfall
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Mikata-goko (Five Lakes of Mikata)
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Mizushima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Noka Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Oigunoichou Natashounotaoi
    The Noka Falls are the largest-scale falls in Wakasa region, featuring a 30 meter drop and inciting many mysterious legends. It is a place of wondrous views, whether the awe-inspiring scene when snow starts to melt or the view of cool waters of summer with their crystalline clarity. And it’s well known as the cradle of Shakunage (a type of shrub). It takes about 10 minutes to reach the falls on foot, but the path can be slippery during rains, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Kehi no Matsubara
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Matsushimachou
    With roughly 17,000 red and black pine trees, Kehi no Matsubara (a pine covered area, near the seashore) is a famous location and one of Japan’s Top 3 Pine Forests, along with Miho no Matsubara and Niji no Matsubara. It is about 400,000 squre meters and 1.5 kilometers in length, and provide strong contrasts with the white sand and blue-green pines. It is also open as a bathing area in summer, and since there is a good pathway, so you can take a stroll and enjoy the scenery. Approximately 13 minutes by car via Tsuruga Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Oshozu
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    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Onoshi Izumichou
    Izumi no Oshozu has been spouting water and supporting life for over 600 years. It was discovered by farmers during the Sengoku period. Its water was so prized by locals that there were some who would only drink water from there. You may see some elderly folks carrying tea kettles and pumping up water even now. Approximately seven minutes by car via Tsuruga Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.


  • Oshima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichouantou
    Oshima Island, the largest islet on the Echigo Coast, has long been called “the island of the gods” by the people of the region. It can be accessed from the mainland via the vermillion-lacquered Oshima Bridge. The islet is part of Echizen-Kaga Kaigan Quasi-National Park. This beautiful place, a mere 27 meters tall and two kilometers in circumference, is full of legends and mystery.
  • Irogahama Beach
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    Fukui Prefecture Tsuruga City Shiorigahama
    This beach on Mizushima Island, a small uninhabited island off the tip of the Tsuruga Peninsula, is popular for the high clarity of its waters and for its white sands. During the swimming season which lasts from July 8 to August 31, visitors can reach the island via ferry. Called an ocean paradise by some, this island floating in the deep blue Tsuruga Bay is popular with families and couples. We recommend wearing water shoes or some other form of footwear to avoid cutting your feet on the rocks.
  • Echizen Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Prefecture
    This coast notable for its rugged rock cliffs has a number scenic spots of coastal beauty, including the kochomon, a natural tunnel created by the wind and the waves. The towering 130 meter-tall cliffs of Echizen Cape, the coast’s most scenic area, have been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 places to watch the sunset.
  • Shiroyama Park Meikyodo Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Oiguntakahamachou Kotoshiro
    Located in Shiroyama Park in Takahama Castle Ruins, Meikyodo is one of the beautiful eight natural caves called “Yana no Kisho,” carved out over many years by the harsh waves of the Sea of Japan. Meikyodo features a gorgeous horizon view deep into the cave. This horizon is lit with fishing lanterns at night, creating a magnificent view.
  • Mikuni Sunset Beach
    35 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichoushuku · U.S.
    Perfect for beach bathing, Mikuni Sunset Beach has good quality water, shallow and wide beaches, and is famous for its beautiful sunset over the ocean. The period from July 25 to August 10th is packed with tons of events, including the Mikuni Fireworks Festival, popular with families. You can rent swimming rings, beach umbrellas, and even boats at the beach stand.

    A small stretch of beach in Mikuni, but well-maintained and kept relatively free of garbage compared to other beaches along the coast. Its very popular in summer, full of sunbathers, swimmers and...

  • Mt. Arashima
    Travel / Tourism
    Oono City, Fukui Prefecture
    Considered to be a sacred mountain since ancient times, this free-standing mountain also known as Ono-Fuji is the only mountain in Fukui Prefecture on the list of Japan’s top 100 mountains. There are four different courses for climbing the 1,523.5 meter-tall mountain each with their own unique charm.
  • Kuzuryu Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Onoshi Nagano
    This dam, where you can enjoy the scenery of the seasons surrounded by nature, is the third largest rockfill dam in Japan. Lake Kuzuryu, which is also the dam lake with a submerged area of 890 hectares, is famous for its beautiful autumn leaves. Directly beneath the dam there lies the Nagano Power Station, Fukui’s largest hydroelectric plant.
  • Rokuroshi Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Onoshi Minamirokuroshi
    This idyllic plateau is popular for its many facilities for enjoying the outdoors. Created around 30,000 years ago by a sector collapse, the highlands are home to a unique ecosystem. Some of its many attractions include Fukui Nature Conservation Center, Okuetsu Kogen Ranch, Rokuroshi Kogen Ski Park, Rokuroshi Hot Spring Campground, and Hakusan Winery.
  • Lake Kuzuryu
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Onoshi Hakogase
    This large artificial lake was created by the construction of a rockfill dam. Surrounded by mountains, it is a great place to enjoy the scenery of each the four seasons. While each season is beautiful, the autumn foliage here is especially wonderful, making the lake a popular attraction in the fall.
  • Cape Echizen
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Nyugunechizenchou Chigadaira
    This cape, selected as one of Japan’s top 100 places to watch the sunset, is located in the northernmost part of Echizen Town. The scenic area features many reefs created by marine abrasion. Some of its most famous sites include the kochomon (a natural rock tunnel) and torikusoiwa (a massive 100-meter tall cliff). The observation deck has a great view of Echizen Suisen Land and the Sea of Japan. Sunsets at the cape are an especially stunning.
  • Kochomon
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Nyugunechizenchou Nashigadaira
    One of the Echizen Coast’s most notable sights, this large tunnel-like rock formation was created by eons of erosion by the wind and the waves. The rock formation, famous for being one of the best places to experience the natural beauty of the Echizen Coast, makes it appear as if the cliff is jutting out into the ocean. A promenade has been built nearby, allowing visitors to get a close look at the formation.

Fukui Areas


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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