Spots in Wakasa Area

  • Wakasa Fisherman's Wharf
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Kawasaki 1-3-2
    A popular attraction at this facility, where you can sightsee, shop and eat to enjoy your fill of the appeal of Wakasa is its 50-minute cruises on which you can enjoy the dynamic scenery created by the crashing waves of the Sea of Japan. Sotomo Cruising boats depart eight times daily from March to November (no 9am cruise in March and no last cruise from 19th to the end of November). The 1st floor houses shops selling a wide range of Wakasa specialties and the 2nd floor a restaurant offering plentiful seasonal seafood.
  • Roadside Station Mikata-Goko
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Mikatakaminakagunwakasachou Torihama No. 12231-1
    Located south of Mikata Goko Lakes—registered in Ramsar’s wetlands—Roadside Station Mikata-Goko features a manned guidance station where you can get detailed information on the waterfowl and nature in the swamp. There is also a specialty goods shop, a traffic information center, and a rental bicycles shop.

    お天気が良ければ三方五湖湖畔を散策する予定でしたが、出発少し前から大粒のボタ雪がガンガン降ってきました。とてもではないですが散策出来るようなお天気模様では有りません。そこで道の駅で地元の産品を模索、見つけましたよ、この地方では少し珍しいものを、なんと「生アカモク」が売っていました。ここ最近出品されるようになったようです。これに「あおさ粉」を購入しました。帰宅後に早速アカモクを調理し、あおさ粉を合わ...

  • Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Culture Museum
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Kawasaki 3-4
    Obama, which was the center of Miketsukuni, is a historic place where Wakasa seafood and salt were presented to the ancient Imperial Court and this museum was created as a place where people could come into contact with this history and culture and interact with other people. The museum is divided into sections to introduce the diet of this region with replicas of dishes such as Zoni (rice cake soup)—the Symbol of Japanese New Year Food, Traditional Events and Foods which introduce a year in the folklore treasure trove, Wakasa Obama, based on foods, and Miketsukuni Wakasa and Saba Kaido (the ancient mackerel route) which is Japan Heritage. A number of courses are also offered.

    Everyone we spoke to in town was keen for us to go to this place. Clearly a lot of money and civic pride has been invested in it. The complex has a hot spring resort, a restaurant, a display of...

  • Roadside Station Uminpia Oi
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Oigunoichou Narumi 1-1-2
    This facility is part of the Uminpia Oi leisure complex where there is all sorts of fun to be had. The view from the Roadside Station offers a panoramic view of Wakasa Bay. It is popular for the sales area where you can buy seafood freshly caught offshore from Wakasa, seasonal vegetables, rice, fruit and flowers directly from producers, as well as local specialities and an 80-seat food court with a view of the sea. The gelateria, where gelato is made with fruit and vegetables from Oi-cho and milk from Fukui Prefecture, comes highly recommended.

    お土産や海産物が多くあります。 フードコートで食事もできます。 スタッフはフレンドリーです。 電子マネーのペイペイ使えます。

  • Jinguji Temple
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Jinguji 30-4
    Being a syncretized Shinto and Buddhist temple, this is an extremely rare temple where worshippers clap their hands. It is famous for the Shinto ritual of omizu-okuri (sending water) to the Nara’s Todaiji Temple Nigatsu-do Hall. It houses a late Kamakura period Deva Gate (a Nationally Important Cultural Property) and Nanboku-cho period wooden god and sitting goddess statues as well as the main hall (also a National Important Cultural Property) which was built in the Muromachi period and is so magnificent that it is said to be the best in Wakasa.

    You may know the Omizutori ceremony in Todai-ji Temple, Nara. The ceremony is held on March 12. Previously, on March 2, another ceremony is held at Unose in Obama City. It is the buddhism priest of...

  • Roadside Station Natasho
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Oigunoichou Natashounotaoi 109-4-1
    Located in Oi Town, flanked by mountains and the ocean, Roadside Station Natasho consists of a single-story wooden log house, and is a roadside station reminiscent of “Nata-no-sho” —a lot name that existed from late ancient period to the middle ages. In the Bussankan, they sell specialty products including Jinenjyo (wild yams)—king of wild vegetables—and “Natasho pickles” made with low sodium and using local ingredients. The jinenjyo are only available from mid November to mid December.

    日曜日の10:30ゴロに到着。賑わっています。秋なら地場産の松茸も販売しています。御食事処もありますので、お昼ご飯も食べられます。

  • Drive-in Yoshida
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Mikatakaminakagunwakasachou Umiyama 70-3
    A drive-in along the banks of Mikata Goko Lakes in Mikata-kaminaka County, Fukui Prefecture. The “ika don” is famous, loaded with yams, shiso, and fresh diced squid over warm rice and covered with special sauce. The limited-quantity “seafood don” is also popular, with piles of fresh seafood caught that day. The store interior features spacious large glass windows, so you can enjoy a view of the lakes while you eat.

    三方五湖の湖畔にあり、素晴らしく景色の良いところで頂く新鮮なイカ丼は最高でした。山芋とイカと特製の味付けがマッチしてあっという間に完食。 次は新鮮なお刺身定食をチャレンジしてみたいです

  • Roadside Station Seaside Takahama
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    3.0
    13 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Oiguntakahamachou Shimokuramochi 46-10
    Roadside Station Seaside Takahama is a roadside station with great deals every day, as it features restaurants, a souvenir corner, and hot springs. On family day or healing day, you can enjoy the facilities at a lower price than usual. At the souvenir corner, you can purchase mackerel heshiko, habutaemochi, genroku mochi, slightly pickled sea bream, grilled mackerel sushi and other Takahama Town products, and even souvenirs and maritime products from Fukui and all over Japan.

    美しい山海が広がる高浜町にある、シーサイド高浜では、地元食材を使った料理が楽しめるレストランになります。

  • Wakasa Obama Fish Center
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Shopping
    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Kawasaki 2-5-1
    This center is a seafood market housing 11 fish shops, most of which are intermediate wholesalers, selling freshly-caught fish from local fishing ports and dried and processed marine products. It is also popular for its charcoal brazier area in a corner of the car park where you can cook the fish or dried products that you bought at the center. The best time to visit is the morning.

    Nice to see the seasonal seafood, with a lot of varieties. You can mail them to friends and family in Japan. Go when the market opens at 8 am to experience what it really is!

  • Chopsticks Furusato WAKASA
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Shopping
    Fukui Obama-shi Fukutani 8-1-3
    A shop selling and displaying chopsticks located along National Route 162 in Fukutani, Obama City. On display and for sale are about 3,000 different styles of chopsticks including the local Obama specialty Wakasa Lacquered Chopsticks, which boast over 80% domestic market share for lacquered chopsticks. There's also an area where you can try polishing Wakasa Lacquered Chopsticks. Every year on August 4th, Chopsticks Day, they hold special events including chopstick memorial services and half price sales.

    This shop is located a few meters away from the sea. The world’s largest pair of chopsticks is located here. And, you can make your own chopsticks as souvenirs. This is a great place to visit, and to...

  • Akagurizaki Auto Camping Ground
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Oigunoichou Oshima 21-95
    Nestled along the coast of Oshima Peninsula overlooking the beautiful Obama Bay, the Akagurizaki Auto Camping Ground features an automobile campsite, as well as two-floor log cabins and a barbeque house perfect for fun day trips, to meet all your camping needs. There are also many events held here so people of all ages can easily enjoy the outdoors. Approximately 40 minutes by car via Obama Interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway.

    I enjoy camping, barbecue party, swimming, and sightseeing. It is very relaxing place. It is sorrounded by mountains and the sea. It is better to visit in the month of May up to September. The prices...

  • 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.
  • Chidorien
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Mikatagunmihamachou Sakajiri 43-3-1
    With a full view of Wakasa Bay, Chidorien offers you a meal and a view of the ocean that changes its expression according to the season. It is a drive-in with a souvenir shop offering a full selection of Wakasa gifts, and a Wakasa natural hot spring in “Chidorino-ashiyu (footbath).” The restaurant has a view and popular items like the seafood buffet, which includes all-you-can-eat fresh bounty of the sea and all-you-can-drink Wakasa beer.

    このお店は 二度です。 んーん ドライブインだね 二階で食事 殺風景なお部屋で ツアーさんの食事 今回は カニカニカーニバル いけた❗️美味しかった。 ツアーさん客の 注文を 程よくこなし 機敏に 動かれる お店の方々に 感心して 有り難うございました。

  • Wakasa History Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Wakasa Mikata Jomon Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    縄文文化をテーマにした博物館になります。匂い玉つくりの体験なども出来る博物館です。年縞なども見れます。

  • Fukuiken Kaihin Shizen Center
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Mikatakaminakagunwakasachou Sekumi 18-2
    Renovated in 2014, the Fukui Prefectural Beach Nature Center is a new type of space where you can experience learning and relaxation of the beach. You view, feed, and even touch some living creatures from Wakasaka Bay, as well as from paddies, waterways and the five lakes of Mikata. There are a variety of nature seminars throughout the year, for individuals and groups, which you can enjoy. Approximately 15 minutes via Wakasakaminaka Interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasaka Expressway.

    若狭湾の豊かな海やラムサール条約登録湿地の三方五湖の生き物や自然を紹介。海の生き物に触れたり、魚にエサを与えたりできます。近くの食見海岸で夏場を中心に磯観察やスノーケリング等の自然観察講座を開いています。

  • Myoraku Temple
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Obama-shi Nodai 28-13
    A temple in Nodai, Obama City. The temple was founded in 797 CE by the monk Kobo Daishi and the principal object of worship is a standing wooden statue of the Thousand-hand Kannon said to have been made by Gyoki. The main hall was built during the Kamakura period and is the oldest building in the Wakasa area. The statue of Kannon is rare in that it also features 24 faces and with the temple has been designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

    山門をくぐると、境内には静寂が広がります。 本堂(重文)は若狭における最古の建造物で、桧皮葺のゆるやかな屋根の流れが美しいです。 24面を持つ珍しい木造千手観音菩薩立像(重文)が安置されています。 内陣まで入れて、すぐ側で拝む事ができます。 それは見事な像でした、長い間見とれていました。

  • Seiwa Chopsticks
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Ryuzen 6-2
    This shop, which specializes in Wakasa lacquered chopsticks, manufactures and sells Wakasa lacquered chopsticks carefully crafted by artisans as well as hexagonal chopsticks that fit children’s hands. Each beautiful pair is carefully studded with egg or sea shells and painted with dozens of layers of coloured lacquer, but remains easy to use. Personalised chopsticks such as for couples are also available.

    外にある百円、二百円をカゴに入れて自分でとっていく箸の販売。見ていたら店員が近くに来てジロジロ。万引きでもするのかと警戒、気分が悪い。それならこんな売り方をして欲しくない。レジがある店内に入れておいたらどうでしょうか。おすすめを聞いても好きなのを選んだら、です。せっかく旅行で立ち寄ったのにつまらない。

  • Mantokuji Temple
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Obamashi Kanaya 74-23
    Famous for its flowers, this temple has a dry landscape garden carpeted with white sand featuring azaleas in the spring, new greenery in the early summer and the changing leaves of Japanese maple trees in the fall which lend color to the temple. It also has the only garden designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty of the eight local temples noted for their national treasures and cultural properties. It is also known for its wooden sitting statue of Amitabha, a National Important Cultural Property sculpted in the late Heian period.

    紅葉の季節じゃなかったので・・・青紅葉と「五色つばき」が見物の季節でした。相変わらず綺麗に造られた、掃除もされている庭園、って感じ・・・・。今回は頑張って住職さんが口角泡を飛ばして説明されていたが、写真を撮るよりも、室内を眺めるよりもまずは私の説明を聞け!と云わんばかりの大声で・・・騒がしいだけ、寺院の説明にはそぐわない説明の仕方。施設へ行って説明を聞いたりするのも数千回、数万回とあったが、下手な...

  • Mikatagoko Rainbow Line
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Mikatakaminakagunwakasachou Kiyama 18-2-2
    The Rainbow Line is a toll road with a total length of 11.24 kilometers that extends from Sasada, Mihama Town to Umiyama, Wakasa Town. The road passes between Hiruga Lake and Suigetsu Lake, before climbing up to the summit of Mt. Baijo-dake, where the Rainbow Line Summit Park offers superb views over the Mikatagoko (Mikata Five Lakes). The Summit Park includes an observation deck, restaurants, shops selling local specialty products.

    三方五胡レインボーラインの中ほどからケーブルカーが出ていて、梅丈岳の山頂公園に登ることができます。お昼時でしたが山頂で食事できる場所はないというので、ケーブルカー乗り口の隣にある特産品販売所で、カレーとソースカツ丼をテイクアウトして登りました。カツは揚げたてで美味しかったのですが、カレーは少々残念な味でした。

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