Spots in Echizen Area

  • Kehi-jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    174 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.

    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...

  • Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse
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    3.5
    88 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.

    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...

  • Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum
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    4.0
    67 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Tsuruga Railway Museum (Former Tsuruga Port Station Building)
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    4.0
    57 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.

    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...

  • Yo-Roppaken restaurant (Tsuruga Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    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.

    As a foreigner having this new type of Katsudon is really different. But having tasted this the second time around, I love it! I love Mini Katsudon Sauce Set now!! I am excited to go back and have...

  • Gotanjo-ji Temple
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tsurugi Shrine
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    4.0
    22 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。

  • 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。

  • 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.
  • 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。

  • Takefu Knife Village
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Echizenshi Yokawachou 22-91
    In 1979, a first for the nation’s cutlery industry, Echizen Uchihamono (cutlery) was designated as a Nationally Designated Traditional Craft, as it carries with it 700 years of history and tradition. At Takefu Knife Village, there are plant tours and short trial courses, so you have the opportunity to make a paperknife yourself with the help of a traditional artisan.

    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.

  • Moriroku
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukui Pref. Echizenshi Awatabechou 26-20
    This venerable soba restaurant opened in 1871. Their handmade soba noodles made with buckwheat flour made in the prefecture are boiled to order. We recommend their oroshisoba (soba noodles topped with grated daikon radish), which combines their springy and substantial thick-cut noodles with a carefully-selected seasonal blend of four varieties of grated daikon radish. Their arabiki oroshisoba (soba with roughly grated daikon radish), which is only available from April to November, is also quite popular.

    My first taste was back in 1984 as an assistant teacher of English; the local faculty invited me to lunch there. Returns to rural west Japan (formerly Imadate, but since 10/2005 merged with nextdoor...

  • Roadside Station Echizen
    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.
  • Chihiro's Birth House Memorial Museum
    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.
  • 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...

  • Echizen Seafood Restaurant
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukui Pref. Nyugunechizenchou Kokonogi 3-81
    This restaurant in a fishing port in Port in Kokonogi, Echizen-cho has a panoramic view of the port and you can enjoy fresh Echizen seafood throughout the year as well as Echizen crab dishes in the winter. During the Echizen crab season, you can eat crab selected by the owner from his own catch. Fishing restrictions are lifted from 6th November to 20th March and visitors can enjoy crab up to the end of April. The menu also includes rare seafood that is not sold commercially.

    空腹ではなかったので、ランチ時ではあったがご飯はやめて、車海老フライと刺身盛り合わせをチョイス。 エビフライは美味だったが、刺身は普通。というか、期待値以下。大阪でも食えるレベル。 見ると6万円の蟹とか謡ってる割に、この時代でカード利用不可とか、観光客を舐めているとしか思えない。 一見で入ったが、この店は目立つだけで、探したらもっと良い店はあると思う。知らんけど。

  • Soba Restaurant Obachan no Mise Hotto Imajo
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukui Nanjo-gun Minamiechizencho Imajo 9-13
    A soba noodle shop located along National Route 476 in Imajo, Minamiechizen Town, Nanjo County. They serve handmade Echizen Imajo Soba using traditional methods inherited over 400 years. Enjoy the Fukui specialty Echizen Oroshi Soba, or Wasabi Soba made with local wasabi, or perhaps the Soba Set Meal served with traditional countryside cuisine. With prior reservation and at least four people you can also try the Soba Kaiseki traditional multi course meal.

    おろしそばは650円が有名ですが私には辛すぎですのでざるそば800円にしましたが量は長野県よりは少なめですが腰はしっかりしていて美味しかった。

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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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