Spots in Echizen Area

  • Kehi-jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    178 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Kehi Shrine, which is the first shrine of Echizen (actual Fukui prefecture), is the main tourist attraction in Tsuruga. If you go to Tsuruga, you shouldn’t miss this shrine. The precinct is vast and...

  • Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse
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    3.5
    94 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Nice place for shopping of some local products and a few restaurants inside too. Would have been nice if some of the restaurants put menus in English too. There is some museum or something like...

  • Roadside Station Echizen
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Nyugunechizenchou Kuriya No. 71-335-1
    Including both a restaurant where you can enjoy fresh ingredients while watching fish swim in an oval aquarium and an onsen with outdoor baths, the Roadside Station Echizen is fully equipped, offering fresh vegetables, maritime products and even famous Fukui products. The “Saba no heshiko” comes recommended. It is a Fukui delicacy in which the mackerel’s organs are carefully removed before it is seeped in salt for days, and then pickled in rice bran for an additional one to two years.

    国道305号線沿いにある道の駅です。 海産物を買うことができるお土産店もあります。 道路を挟む形で休憩所やお土産店、温泉があります。

  • Tsuruga Railway Museum (Former Tsuruga Port Station Building)
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Tsuruga was once a gateway to Europe, and people took a ship to Vladivostok from the terminal which was once located near this museum. That’s why Tsuruga was one of the first places where railroad...

  • Echizen Onsen Rotenburo Isaribi
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukui Nyu-gun Echizencho Kuriya 71-335-1
    This day-use hot spring bathhouse attached to Roadside Station Echizen is located about a 50-minute drive from Sabae Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway. along National Routes 8, 365, and 305. It is comprised of two areas, the Kani no Yu and the Suisen no Yu, each equipped with characteristic outdoor baths and indoor baths. The two areas are rotated between the genders on the 15th of each month. All of its baths face the majestic Sea of Japan, allowing bathers to relax while enjoying views of the sunset, the starry night sky, or the lights of the fishing boats in the water. Its sodium hydrogen carbonate springs are said to help with conditions such as nerve pain and muscle soreness.

    I went to Rotenburo Isaribi in February just before a storm was coming through and the sea was rough with waves coming over the breakwater. The spray from the waves flew up the rock face and sprayed...

  • Echizengani Museum
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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。

  • Tsurugi Shrine
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    越前国二之宮で、織田一族発祥の地と言われる神社です。 御祭神は素戔嗚大神(すさのおのおおかみ)、気比大神(けひのおおかみ)、忍熊王(おしくまのみこ)です。一切の厄事災難を祓い清める神として尊崇されています。

  • Shikibuonsen Yurari
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukui Pref. Echizenshi Shirosakichou 68-8
    Praised as a “beauty’s bath” that makes your skin pretty, Shikibuonsen Yurari is a hot spring hotel where you can enjoy a total of 11 different types of baths including five different temperature baths (36°C-45°C), jacuzzi, lay-down bath, medicinal bath, outdoor bath, sauna, and cold bath. You can also enter the baths on a day trip, which is nice for people not staying at the hotel. There are overnight plans which include your choice of dinner, and even day-trip plans that include a lunch.

    We loved Yurari ..we spent 2 hours here relaxing in the waters & spas & steam rooms ..men & women are seperate ..so my husband & son did their thing & I was on my own ..the centre is very clean and...

  • Takefu Knife Village
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Echizenshi Yokawachou 22-91
    At this collaborative workshop, visitors can watch the stunning techniques involved in making Echizen Uchihamono forged knives, a traditional craft boasting a 700-year-old history. The knife shop, remodeled in August 2020, is filled with beautiful knives lovingly crafted by artisans. At this comprehensive facility, visitors can see, experience, and purchase these magnificent knives.

    Had a wonderful time. Very friendly people and really nice way to learn about knife making. I found Ikebana scissors which is a delight. They also sell designers knives.

  • Roadside Station Kono
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Nanjougunminamiechizenchou Otani 86-1-6
    Roadside Station Kono is located in Minami-echizen Town, which had connections to “Kitamaebune” from Edo period to Meiji period. Located along the Echizen-Kaga Coast, it sits at an elevation of 200 meters, so you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Sea of Japan. In the shopping corner, they offer many popular products like Echizen crab and Echizen daffodils.

    途中で寄りました。トイレ休憩には良いです。海の見晴らしはいいですが、売店も、アイスくらいで、あとは土産物があるだけでした。

  • Echizen Washi Village
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Echizenshi Shinzaikechou 8-44 Papyrus hall
    With a long 1,500-year history and tradition, Echizen is the home of washi (Japanese paper) and of the Echizen Washi Village. This facility includes the “Paper & Culture Museum” —with lots of special, local washi products and history of Echizen washi—and the “Udatsu Paper & Craft Museum” —a reconstructed paper-making house where you can observe craftsman techniques firsthand. In the “Papyrus House,” you can try making washi paper, popular for toddlers and adults alike.

    I made Washi paper. It takes a bit of work but it’s a lot of fun. The paper store has an excellent collection. Unfortunately, the museum was closed. I walked around the village and enjoyed taking...

  • Nihonkai Sakanamachi Seafood Market
    Shopping
    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Wakabachou 1-1531
    Located in Wakaba Town, Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture, this is the largest seafood market selling products from the Sea of Japan, and is host to 70 establishments like seafood shops and restaurants. Among the market stalls you’ll hear the energetic voices of the market vendors trying to sell their wares and you’ll see a wide variety of seafood delicacies on all of the stalls trucked in directly from Tsuruga Port such as fresh seafood, processed foods, and the local specialty, kombu seaweed. The seafood rice bowls, popular with tourists, are topped with a whole variety of different foods and all at a good price. Each bowl comes packed with a huge amount of seafood such as tuna, sea bream, shrimp, salmon roe and salmon, etc. The market officially opens at 10 a.m. but apart from the restaurants most stalls start trading from 8:30 a.m. onwards.
  • Hanahasu Onsen Somayama
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukui Pref. Nanjougunminamiechizenchou Nakagoya 60-1
    Springing from 1,000 meters below ground in a small town known as a village of the lotus, the Hanahasu Onsen Somayama is an onsen lodge you can make use of even on day trips. The outdoor baths are filled with nature and seem to become one with the mountain, offering relaxation and healing. There are also BBQ facilities, including a roof in case of rainy weather, from early April to late October.

    公共のお宿のようです。高級感はとくにありません。 夕食は、日帰り温泉の利用者も食事に来るレストランでいただきました。 そういった意味では宿泊客がとってもくつろげる雰囲気ではないのですが、 蟹フルコースはとっても美味しかったです。 とくに、せいこ蟹のグラタンとか、めちゃくちゃ美味しかったです、 あと、蟹刺しには黄身醤油でしたが、これもめちゃくちゃ美味しかったです。 お宿のお風呂はあまり特筆することが...

  • Chihiro's Birth House Memorial Museum
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Echizenshi Tennouchou 4-14
    The Chihiro Iwasaki Birthplace Museum preserves the atmosphere of the Taisho Period (1912-1926), when the famous illustrator was born. The museum opened in 2004, and its gallery space features rotating exhibits of her art arranged in cooperation with the Chihiro Art Museum, allowing visitors to enjoy man aspects of her world.

    ここが生家だとは全く知りませんでした。街歩きの中で地図に示されてので立寄ってみました。地図アプリが無ければ一寸分かり辛い場所でしたが、記念館となっている生家前には記念碑も立っていました。窓ガラスには「越前府中まちなか博物館」のパネルが掲げられており観光客の訪問も想定されているようでした。

  • Ukonke Museum (Kitamaebune Archives Center)
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Nanjougunminamiechizenchou Kouno 2-15
    This museum was opened in 1990 and is an archive with the theme of kitamae-bune (cargo vessels) which played an important role in the distribution of commodities and cultural interaction between the Sea of Japan, the Seto Inland Sea and the various regions of Kyoto and Osaka from the end of the Edo period to the middle of the Meiji period. Focusing on archives relating to the management of cargo vessels by the Ukon family, this museum offers various activities such as special exhibitions, forums and study groups in addition to its themed permanent exhibitions displaying archives relating to kitamae-bune remaining in the village.

    Wonderful place for understanding trade and navigation along the Japan Sea coast during the pre-modern period, but requires good knowledge of Japanese language. Everything is in Japanese except for...

  • Yo-Roppaken restaurant (Tsuruga Main Restaurant)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Aioichou 2-7
    Yo-Roppaken is the restaurant that, back in 1913, created the first “Sosu Katsudon” (a bowl of rice with a breaded and fried pork cutlet on top, served with Worcestershire sauce), the result of intensive experimentation by the restaurant owner (who had encountered Worcestershire sauce while working in Germany) to develop cuisine using Worcestershire sauce that would appeal to Japanese palates; today, “Sosu Katsudon” is a famous Fukui specialty dish. Other popular dishes at Yo-Roppaken include Pari Don (which uses menchi-katsu—a fried cake of minced meat—instead of a pork cutlet) and Shrimp Don. Yo-Roppaken is located around eight-minute drive from JR Tsuruga Station.
  • Minato Tsuruga Yama Kaikan
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    3.0
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Tsuruga-shi Aioicho 7-6
    A museum located along Hakubutsukan-dori Street in Aioi-cho, Tsuruga City. Three of the six floats that are paraded through town in September as part of the Kehi Jingu Shrine's Tsuruga Festival are displayed on a rotating system. Also on display are dolls depicting samurai warriors and examples of armor and helmets as well as an exhibition corner dedicated to Otani Yoshitsugu, former lord of Tsuruga Castle.

    建物の外観が円筒形をしていて、遠くからでもよく目立つ。入館料300円で敦賀の山車3基を見学。どれも見ごたえのある、素晴らしい山車。一階から見上げるのもよし。できれば二階からやや見下ろすような感じで見るのもおススメ。馬上の殿様が甲冑姿で弓矢を射っている姿は勇壮そのもの。山車を引いている若い衆や子供たちの顔が生き生きとしているのには驚き。まさに祭りで練り歩いているかのよう。別館の旧大和田銀行も必見。当...

  • Echizen Soba Village
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukui Pref. Echizenshi Makarachou 7-37
    Founded over 90 years ago, Echizen Soba Village is a place where you can see and experience the different aspects of soba-making. Of course, you can enjoy fresh, meticulously-made soba, and perhaps purchase the Echizen soba and Fukui products they sell. For soba-making workshop, please make reservations several days in advance.

    どんなに大雪が降っていても寒くても福井の人は冷たいそばを食べるんだそうです。契約農家が栽培したそば粉を使用した越前そば。おろしにネギ、鰹節をたっぷりかけて頂きます。この日はソースカツ丼もセットで頂きました。こちらは甘辛のたれに、程よい厚さのお肉。美味しゅうございました。

  • Fukui Atomic Energy Science Museum 'At Home'
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Tsurugashi Yoshiko 37-1
    A fun amusement and learning center of atomic power and energy, the Fukui Atomic Energy Science Museum ‘At Home’ features interactive displays, an outdoor science square, the exciting promenade and adjacent atomic power monitoring center, as well as the “At Theater” with fun games and quizzes. There are also learning programs, and events like virtual power plant tours.

    Weve been taken to the science center by our local friends. The children could do lots of interesting experiments and learning games, also took place in a course. Outside the museum there was a show...

  • Uotake
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    3.0
    11 Reviews
    Shopping
    Fukui Pref. Nyugunechizenchou Kuriya 17-83
    Natural hot springs each of which is along the ocean for an impeccable view, and a separate highly-praised restaurant “Uotake” which uses the finest sea ingredients. Accessible enough for day trips, allowing you to taste the fresh bounty of the Sea of Japan at a reasonable price. They have plentiful dishes, from set meals to don bowls, crab cuisine, sashimi, and a la carte items. It’s great for a pit stop during a drive, too.

    17年前ほどから何年もに渡り毎年越前カニ解禁になった時に伺っていました。結婚してから遠のき、ここ数年の間に2、3回伺いました。 率直な感想は、昔の料理の方がよかった。昔はいつも大満足な料理で帰宅していましたが、今は高いけど、量も質もさほどでない。 受付のオーナー?女将さん?は昔から愛想はないです。 しかし最後に訪れた際は、若旦那?が最初に顔をだし無愛想。奥へ入り、『誰かきたぞー』の一言。 ビックリ...

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