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  • Kehi-jingu Shrine
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    165 Reviews
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    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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    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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    64 Reviews
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    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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    54 Reviews
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    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...

  • Gotanjo-ji Temple
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    37 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, dont miss...

  • Takefu Knife Village
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    16 Reviews
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    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.

  • Echizen Washi Village
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    22 Reviews
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    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...

  • Echizengani Museum
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    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。

  • Tsurugi Shrine
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    20 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ということで参拝いたしました。 神社の裏手に当たる駐車場に車を駐め、木々が生い茂っている参道よりお参り。 おもかる石も持ち上げてみましたが、かなり重かったです。夫婦杉も立派でした。

  • Roadside Station Kono
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    17 Reviews
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    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.

    初めて訪れました。 見た目はこじんまりとしていますが、 お土産コーナーや食事できるところもあります。 何よりも広い休憩スペースがあり、 疲れたときにはとてもよい休憩になるでしょう。 道の駅目の前には日本海が広がっており、夕暮れ時にはよい景色が見られるのではないでしょうか。

  • Chihiro's Birth House Memorial Museum
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    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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    10 Reviews
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    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...

  • Fukui Atomic Energy Science Museum 'At Home'
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    9 Reviews
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    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...

  • Saifukuji Temple
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    9 Reviews
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    Fukui Tsuruga-shi Hara 13-7
    A temple in Hara, Tsuruga city. The temple is one of the famous Jodo sect temples founded by the monk Ryonyo and many of the temple buildings including the viewing hall, Amitabha hall, and writing room have been designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan. The vast 4,600 square meter writing room garden has been described as the Amitabha Pure Land on earth and is designated as one of Japan's Places of Scenic Beauty. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery especially during the fall season with the changing colors.

    It was too late to see the red leaves or cosmos field and the temple is under reconstruction at the moment. Still its interesting old woody temple to see.

  • Echizen Washi Village Udatsu Paper and Craft Museum
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    6 Reviews
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    Fukui Echizen-shi Shinzaikecho 9-21-2
    A traditional craft museum located on Washinosato Street in Shinzaike-cho 9-Chome, Echizen City. The building was originally a papermaking house dating back to the mid Edo period and you can explore the entirety of the traditional Echizen-Washi papermaking technique, which dates back nearly 1500 years. They also hold traditional Nagashizuki papermaking courses that you can attend. The local area has long been known as a papermaking area and includes other facilities such as the Paper and Culture Museum.

    My artist daughter found this paper making village and this studio/museum in particular online--Echizen seems to be the region and Udatsu the village in particular. A gorgeous, alpine-like area 90...

  • Minato Tsuruga Yama Kaikan
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    7 Reviews
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    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.

    JR敦賀駅から徒歩25分くらいの場所にあります。氣比神宮例大祭で巡行する山車六基を保管して、その内三基を展示しています。また北前船の縮小した模型なども展示してありました〇

  • 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.

    武生駅から徒歩10-15分程度と近く、車でなくとも行きやすい立地でした。総けやき造りの山門がみごとな天台真盛宗の寺院です。この辺りには、妙国寺さんや総社大神宮などの神社仏閣が立ち並んでおり、散策しながら参拝して参りました。人通りが少ないため、賑やかさはありませんが、ゆっくりお参りすることができます。

  • Eikyuji Temple
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    4 Reviews
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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).

    武生駅から周辺を散策にて発見したお寺です。嘉永にあった武生の大火で厄除の祖師像のみ残ったが、それ以外は焼失した。その後で再建されたとの事です。普通な感じのお寺でした〇

  • SojaDaijingu Shrine
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    5 Reviews
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    Fukui Echizen-shi Kyomachi 1-4-35
    A shrine in Kyomachi 1-Chome, Echizen City. To reduce the burden of pilgrimage a local official decreed that all the divine spirits of Echizen Province would be enshrined together in this one location with the primary enshrined deities being Onamuchi-no-Mikoto and Emrpess Koken. Locals refer to the shrine by the familiar name Osonja-san and lots of visitors gather for the July 1st summer festival where Shinto rituals including the Chi-no-Wa Kuguri (Passing through a woven grass ring) are held.

    武生駅から周辺を散策して、ヨコガワという店でボルガライスを食べて、そのついでに立ち寄りました。『越前国府』と書かれた石碑がありました〇

  • Oshio Hachimangu Shrine
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    3 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Echizenshi Kunikanechou 22-2
    Hokuriku’s only large-scale hall of worship, Oshio Hachimangu Shrine is a Nationally Designated Important Cultural Property that features a main worship hall and many smaller shrines. It offers a lot to see, with many cultural properties like the temple bell crafted during the Northern and Southern Dynasties Period. The main hall is 15.76 meters wide and 8.88 meters deep, and features a hip-and-gable structure with a shingled roof.

    越前国二ノ宮の古社で、結構大きな神社です。一の鳥居から進んで、二の鳥居をくぐって、長い階段の参道、三の鳥居、そして神門、拝殿があります。室町時代の建立と考えられる長床式の入母屋造柿葺です。左手に神社でありながら鐘楼があり梵鐘は越前市指定文化財です。右手に絵馬電兼神輿庫があり、越前市指定文化財の絵馬が所狭しと掛けられています。立派な神輿が置かれていました。

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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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