Spots in Eihei-ji Temple / Ono / Katsuyama Area

  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi Murokochou Terao 51-11 Toyama dinosaur forest
    Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is a specialist geology and paleontology museum, focused particularly on dinosaurs, which is located in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture (an area where many dinosaur fossils have been found). More than 40 complete dinosaur skeletons are on display, enabling visitors to get a feel for just how big dinosaurs were. The Museum also has large-scale dioramas and a computer graphics theatre that recreate the type of prehistoric forest in which dinosaurs lived, giving visitors a sense of having “traveled back in time.” Both adults and children can enjoy learning about the history of the Earth through the dinosaurs’ story.
  • Heisenji Temple Hakusan Shrine
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    4.5
    122 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Katsuyama-shi Heisenjicho Heisenji 56-63
    A temple in Heisenji-cho, Katsuyama City. It was founded in 717 CE as a location to worship the holy mountain, Mt. Hakusan. By the time of the warring states period it had swelled into a massive holy city housing 8000 monks. Though prosperous the monastery was then destroyed during the Ikko-Ikki Jodo Shinshu Buddhist uprising. Remnants of the massive temple grounds still remain and the area has been designated a national historic site called the Old Temple Grounds of the Hakusan Heisenji Temple. It is also called the Kokedera or Moss Temple because of the beautiful scenery of the grounds completely covered in moss.

    Beautiful secluded and most zen shrine in the whole of japan. When I visited literally nobody was there which made it more beautiful.

  • Eihei-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Yoshidaguneiheijichou Shihi 10-5
    A Soto school Buddhist temple located in Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida District, Fukui which is also the head temple of over 15 thousand branch temples scattered across Japan. The temple was founded as a meditation hall by Dogen in 1244. The grounds are enclosed by ancient Japanese cedars over 600 years old and are dotted with over 70 structures centering around a complete seven-structure temple compound. Some of the temple’s many highlights include numerous delicate sculptures housed in various buildings around the grounds; a stunning decorated ceiling inlaid with 230 images; and an original copy of the “Fukan zazengi” which is registered as a National Treasure and kept in the temple’s treasure house.
  • Katsuyama Castle Museum
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    3.5
    35 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi Heisenjichou Heisenji 85-26-1
    Katsuyama Castle Museum is a museum in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, built in the style of a Tenshu (the main tower of a Japanese castle), which opened in 1992. The tower is 57.8 meters high, making it the tallest building of its kind in Japan. The building is intended to keep alive the memory of the castle that was the main seat of power of the Katsuyama Domain. Inside, the Museum has displays on the military equipment of Edo period Daimyos (feudal lords), textiles, folding screens decorated with paintings of battles, Qing Dynasty folk embroidery from the Zhongyuan (North China Plain) region, Japanese books from the early modern era, etc. From the observation deck on the top storey, visitors can view the city of Katsuyama, which has a history going back to the Paleolithic era, and its beautiful scenery which has led to the area being designated as the Katsuyama Geopark.

    We were literally the only visitors to the castle when we went! The museum hosts a great collection of samurai armour and has a nice view over the surrounding countryside.

  • Roadside Station ZEN no SATO
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Yoshidaguneiheijichou Shimizu 2-21-1
    Roadside Station ZEN no SATO features a popular, quality hot spring that is rich in nutrients and uses water from Eiheiji Onsen which springs from 1,710 meters below ground. It offers a wide selection of charming items from the local Fukui area and Eiheiji Temple, and it is developing new products with help from local universities, making it a popular roadside station. There is also local, handmade cuisine made using fresh, local ingredients.

    こちらの道の駅は家族が福井に来た時に行きました。 福井名物の言われるソースカツ丼もお蕎麦も頂けます。 周りでランチタイムを外して、空いているお店が少ないので、重宝します。 温泉にも入れますので、永平寺に来たときは非常に便利です。 お土産物も買えますし。

  • Yumeore Katsuyama, the Hataya Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi Shouwamachi 1-7-40
    This is a living cultural property where you can enjoy the world of textiles and see how the textile machines of the Showa period worked. You can try working the looms or reeling silk from cocoons so you can have fun while learning about the history of textiles and the way things work. You can also try weaving by hand and silk bead crafts.

    戦争時代は絹でパラシュートをつくり、繊維の街で栄えた勝山、人絹がレーヨンであることも驚きました。機織り機のリズミカルな音が心地よい。

  • Samurai Residence of the Old Uchiyama Family
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Ono-shi Shiromachi 10-7
    A historical building in Shiromachi, Ono City. The Uchiyama family is known for the brothers Shichiroemon Ryokyu Uchiyama and Ryusuke Yoshitaka Uchiyama who sought to bring about political reform in the Ono Domain during the late Edo period. This mansion was built in 1882 after the death of the brothers and has been registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan. Tea ceremonies are held on weekends and holidays in April and May and again in September and October allowing you to enjoy matcha green tea while looking out over the garden.

    Chosen as a good rainy day activity and it proved delightful. On display throughout the main house were also a series of paper-cut artworks depicting historic events. Were impressive.

  • Roadside Station Kuzuryu
    Transportation
    Fukui Pref. Onoshi Asahi 26-30-1
    The Roadside Station Kuzuryu is composed of three areas—the Fureai Community Building, the JR Kuzuryuko Station, and the farmer’s market. It is center for tourism located at the gateway to the east of Fukui Prefecture. You can feel the warmth of trees here, easing away your stresses. The farmer’s market offers locally produced, specialty fresh goods at a reasonable price. Kuzuryu is brimming with charms.
  • Echizen Ono Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Onoshi Shiromachi 3-109
    Echizen Ono Castle was built by Kanamori Nagachika who was Oda Nobunaga’s vassal, and recently it has also been called “castle in the sky Echizen Ono Castle”. The Ono basin is surrounded by mountains on every side. The lofty castle rises up at the central part of Kameyama, however, when the castle town is wrapped in a sea of clouds, the castle appears as if it is floating in the sky. It is said that the period from October to the end of April is when this phenomenon occurs, and it is especially likely to occur around November. It is recommended to view it from Inuyama which is located to the west of Echizen Ono Castle.
  • Ono City Folklore Archives
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Ono-shi Shiromachi 2-13
    A museum in Shiromachi, Ono City. The museum uses the former Ono Public Courthouse building, built in 1889 and designated as a Cultural Property of the City, which was later moved to its current location. On display are local folk customs materials including lifestyle tools from the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods.

    旧裁判所を移築したもののようで、市指定の文化財に登録されています。趣のある建物ではありますが、時間もないので館内見学はパス、外観のみ観光です。

  • Kuzuryu Onsen
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukui Ono-shi Shimoyama 63-2-24
    The waters of this simple alkaline hot spring, owned and operated by Hotel Furearu Izumi, are said to be a natural soap. The hotel commands a view of Mt. Arashimadake, considered one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains, and at night, visitors can enjoy star-filled skies. The hot spring's waters are said to refresh body and soul, promoting health, recovery from fatigue, and post-illness convalescence, in addition to treating such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, frozen shoulders, motor paralysis, joint pain, bruises, sprains, chronic digestive diseases, hemorrhoids, sensitivity to cold. The hotel's bathhouse facilities are open to non-guests, making it easy for anyone to enjoy the relaxing and curative hot spring bathing here. The hotel offers day trip, barbecue, couple's, and family plans, and visitors can also enjoy the bountiful culinary fruits of Echizen-Ono and the Sea of Japan in the hotel's restaurant.

    日帰り入浴施設です。 混んでいる時は下のフレアール和泉の方も利用できると思います。 比較的新しいきれいな施設です。 平日の夕方は地元の人がたくさん利用します。

  • Ono Historical Museum
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    3.0
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Ono-shi Tenjincho 2-4
    A museum located along Sanban-dori Street in Tenjin-cho, Ono City. Their collection includes historical materials ranging from the Jomon period to the early modern period. On display are materials related to the Mt. Hakusan faith and the political reforms of Toshitada Doi, seventh member of the Doi family to rule over the Ono Domain.

    大野図書館の左手にあります。 大野市観光パスポートの対象施設です。 第一、第二展示室があり。時間もそこまで取らせないので 行ったという証にしかならなかった。

  • Nambu Sake Brewery
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Ono-shi Motomachi 6-10
    A brewery located along Shichiken-dori Street in Motomachi, Ono City. They brew sake sticking to an ideal of, 'Carefully brewing only as much as they can keep watch over, ensuring that the sake they send to the world is the highest possible quality'. And being located in Fukui, producing area of top quality Gohyakuman-goku sake rice, they continue to produce quality Junmai sake. Sake they have for sale includes their famous Hanagaki label.

    七間通りにあるので、見つけやすいです。 試飲は3種類くらいさせてくれます。 どれも美味しかったので、4本購入しました。 宅急便でも送れるし、カードも使えたので有難いです。 お店の方の対応がとても丁寧で、素敵でした。

  • Hongan Shozu Itoyo no Sato
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Ono-shi Itoyocho 8-44
    A learning facility in Itoyo-cho, Ono City. It's located next to the Hongan Shozu spring water pond which is one of the few habitats for the three-spined stickleback fish and as such as been designated as a Natural Monument of Japan. Inside the building you can learn all about the ecology of the stickleback with an area where you can watch them and exhibits teaching you about their living environment.

    イトヨとは何か知らなかったのですが、綺麗な水に生息している淡水魚でした。魚にはトゲがあると聞きました。入るときは何か掃除をしている方がいたのですが中には職員の方はいました。

  • 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.
  • Skijam Katsuyama
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi 170-70
    Located in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, Skijam is one of the largest skiing areas and resorts in western Japan. Famous for the beautiful view offered by its ski slope, this popular resort is visited by large numbers of skiers from the Kansai and Chubu regions. The slope is divided into three main areas suited respectively to everyone from beginners to skilled skiers. From spring to fall, the resort offers a variety of outdoor activities, including lawn sledding, park golf, and kayaking classes. There’s also a heated swimming pool, dog run, barbecue garden, and lodging facility.
  • Hokyoji Temple
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Ono-shi Hokyoji 1-2
    A temple in Hokyoji, Ono City. The temple was founded in 1278 by the monk Jakuen who came to Japan from the Southern Song Dynasty. It is the second temple for the Soto school of Zen Buddhism after Eiheiji Temple. One of the temple treasures, a portrait of the monk Dogen, founder of the Soto school, has been designated as a Cultural Property of the Prefecture. Also, the Former Hashimoto Family Residence, located next to the temple grounds, has been designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan.

    中国宋に来ていた道元禅師と出会い、その後来日して永平寺で修業をされた寂円禅師が開かれたお寺です。山奥にひっそりと佇むお寺ですが、歴史を感じる山門をはじめいい雰囲気のお寺です。現在は永平寺から雲水の方が出向されてお寺を運営されているとのことです。こちらは龍双が滝へ向かう途中に表示された看板に気づいて立ち寄った場所でした。ちょうどその日永平寺に行く予定だったので、何となく縁を感じました。

  • 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.
  • Manaturu Shuzo & Co., Ltd
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Ono-shi Meirincho 11-3
    A sake brewery in Meirin-cho, Ono City. This long-standing sake brewery first opened in 1751 and located in the Echizen Ono region, a known producing area for the Gohyakuman-goku sake rice and famous for its spring water, they continue to use traditional techniques in their sake production. They produce sake that has been highly valued at both domestic and international competitions including their Junmai Dai-Ginjo Sow label.

    試飲のスタイルがセルフで、冷蔵庫から自分で取り出して試飲できます。 結果、10種類くらい試飲させて頂きました。 どれも美味しかったけど、その中から4本を購入。 ワインのような口当たりの日本酒もあり、新しいことに挑戦している感じがあり、面白かったです。

  • Ippongi Kubo Main Store
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Katsuyama Ichizawacho 1-3-1
    A sake brewery in Sawa-machi 1-Chome, Katsuyama City. Located in Oku-Echizen, the production center for high-quality Gohyakumangoku sake rice, they make high quality dry sake including the well-known Ippongi sake and the limited production Denshin sake. They also manage the adjacent Katsuyama-Shuho sake liquor store.

    小売店があって、大体の種類が買えます。時期によって酒粕も。あとTシャツとかトックリセットもあるので、一本義マニアは是非行ってみてください。

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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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