Spots in Fukui / Katsuyama / Awara Area

  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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    4.5
    691 Reviews
    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.

    We absolutely loved the day at the museum. Theres a great anime film thats shown without subtitles in English but we still were able to watch and enjoy it- we combined this with the nearby echizen...

  • Fukui Castle Ruins
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    3.0
    177 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Ote 3-17-1
    Built by the first Lord of Fukui domain Hideyasu Yuki in 1606, and then serving as the castle for the Echizen Matsudaira family for 270 years and 17 generations, Fukui Castle has been reduced to only a part of the moat and its stone walls today. The well called “Wealth Well” left at the foot of the tower base is said to be the origin of the name “Fukui.”

    Worth a visit for what you can see of the history of Fukui - despite much of it being erased by building the Fukui Prefectural government offices where the castle used to be. The views around the...

  • Shibamasa World
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    3.5
    123 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichouhamaji 45-1
    A theme park located in Mikuni Town Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture which has an amusement park as well as campground, pool, and other fun facilities. Some of the park’s many attractions include roller coasters, go-carts, and bicycling. There’s also clay shooting, ground golf, and one of the largest 3D mazes in Japan—from children to adults, there’s fun things for everyone! The pool, only open in summer, has a popular inner tube waterslide registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest and longest in the world. Since 2014, the park has also opened the pool at night.

    I (teenager) enjoyed coming here with my younger cousins and brother. I do not know much about the pricing, but the lines were sometimes long for the more popular slides. There are other very small...

  • Heisenji Temple Hakusan Shrine
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    4.5
    117 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.

  • Tojinbo Tower
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    3.0
    103 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichouantou Tojiban
    Tojinbo Tower rises to a height of 100 meters above sea level and 55 meters above the ground, giving spectacular views; its status as the only large observation tower on the Sea of Japan coast has made it very popular. From the second floor level of the Tower, visitors can view the Tojinbo Coast, with its precipitous cliffs (sculpted by the action of the Sea of Japan’s fierce waves) which extend for a length of around one kilometer, as well as Oshima Island and the Echizen Coast; looking the other way, they can see the peaks of Mt. Hakusan. Tojinbo Tower is also famous as a great place for bringing couples closer together. The Tower is located approximately 25-minute drive from the Kanazu Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    It didnt go up it but visited the Tojinbo cliffs. The tower dominates the whole area and although we enjoyed the day, the irony and tackiness of the tower does spoil the area a great deal. I would...

  • Kyukamura Echizen Mikuni
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichousaki 15-45
    A place to feel the ocean breeze while you enjoy autocamping, tennis, and grand golf, the Kyukamura Echizen Mikuni gives you a great sense of open space, facing the Sea of Japan. There are several things you can try out including kids’ programs, so it’s great for families. They also have set plans for events plus lodging in the hotel located in Kyukamura.

    途中からバスで向かう予定でしたが、宿泊数日前にお電話をくださり、お得なバスチケットを用意してくださってとても好感がもてました。バスも旅館入口に停まるので迷いようがありません。 部屋が広くてとても寛げました。申し込み自己満に蟹のプランがなかったのは残念でした。でも、ごはんはとても美味しかったです。

  • Kitanosho Castle Ruins Shibata Park
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    3.5
    100 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Fukui-shi Chuo 1-21-1
    A park on the site of the former Kitanosho Castle. In 1575 Shibata Katsuie was given control of the Echizen area by Oda Nobunaga and he had Kitanosho castle on the plains constructed. It was a magnificent castle with a nine-story tower and a large castle town surrounding it but fell just eight years later when attacked by the army of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In the park are bronze statues of Shibata Katsuie, his wife Oichi, and their three daughters. Some historical remains including Onigawara roof tiles and chains from a pontoon bridge still remain.

    An interesting place with a shrine and statues, and old castle wall/moat visible. Now even more interesting thanks to English explanations of the history being added. Well worth a visit.

  • Tojinbo
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichouantou
    Tojinbo, the beauty spot is a stretch of steep cliffs with a rock face which has been eroded by the waves. The rock cliffs which have a height of about 25 meters continue along the Mikuni coastline for about one kilometer. “Columnar jointing of pyroxene andesite” of this scale can only be seen in three places around the world, and in 1935, it was designated as a Natural Monument and a Place of Scenic Beauty of Japan. You can enjoy a powerful landscape from the pleasure boats which go around the strangely shaped rocks such as the “Beehive rock” and the “Lion rock”.
  • Tojinbo Sightseeing Boat Cruises
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichouantou 64-1
    Tojinbo Sightseeing Boat Cruises offers boat trips to view the spectacular scenery of the Tojinbo cliffs from the ocean. Located in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, the Tojinbo cliffs have been designated as a National Natural Monument; the precipitous cliffs with their distinctive rough surface extend for about 1 km along the coast. Some of the cliffs reach a height of 20 meters or more; watching the raging waves of the Sea of Japan crash against the cliffs is a magnificent sight. On a trip halfway round Oshima Island (which lies around 1.5 km off the coast), which takes around 30 minutes, passengers can view several rocks with unusual shapes that have been created by the action of natural forces, including Lion Rock, Battleship Rock, Folding Screen Rock, and Candle Rock. Places can be found on the boat trip for individual travelers (with a 15–20 minute wait).

    Quotes from my guide (in Japanese): Dont worry, we have plenty of barf bags. Use all you want. The rocks look like they should fall, but they dont. But sometimes people do. Straight in...

  • Prism Fukui
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    3.5
    70 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Chuou 1-1-25
    Prism Fukui—the shopping center of JR Fukui Station—is a shopping center that features places to eat or drink, drug stores, relaxation centers and even Fukui souvenirs. There are several stores selling Echizen crab or seafood products, famous candy, and even local spirits. It also features good access to highway buses and Echizen Railway.

    Shops, mostly selling Fukui souvenir snacks/food, a good cafe (Colorado), and some restaurants, and a supermarket, inside Fukui station. Theres a small shop that sells Fukui and Japanese style...

  • Tojinbo Onsen Mikuni Kanko Hotel
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichoumidorigaoka 4-4-8
    Located in Mikuni-cho, Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, this hotel is famous for its bath house which has specialized tatami with good drainage properties. They offer a variety of plans, including a day-trip with lunch plan or a stay overnight, both of which provide you with the bountiful seasonal seafood taken from the Sea of Japan. The guest rooms all offer an ocean view of the Sea of Japan. You can bathe in the onsen even during a day-trip.

    We stayed for two nights in this Hotel, the staff were lovely, attentive and kind. The Hotel is very clean and modern. The Onsen is a very nice place to relax. Our room had a lovely view towards...

  • Yoroppaken Main Shop
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    4.0
    209 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Junka 1-7-4
    A famous restaurant visited by fans from far and wide and said to be the originator of sauce katsu-don, a local Fukui Prefecture specialty consisting of breaded pork cutlet soaked in Worcester sauce and served on a bowl of rice. It’s said sauce katsu-don was invented when the owner returned from a trip to Germany and, seeking to popularize the Worcester sauce he encountered there in Japan, created the dish to serve at a food fair in 1913. The shop’s pork cutlets, breaded with small panko bread crumbs, deep fried, and drenched in Worcester sauce, are so juicy and tender they can be cut with chopsticks. Served with several cutlets piled high on a bowl of rice, the shop’s sauce katsu-don is also visually impressive. The nearest station is Fukui Station.

    Came here for my kids as they are fan of fried stuff. In the end, we all enjoyed it. Ordered the set that comes with huge piece of prawn, minced pork and port cutlet. They are lightly coated, crispy...

  • Dinosaur Fossil Dig Experience Site
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi Murokochou Terao 51-11 (in the forest of the Tayama Dinosaur)
    Dinosaur Fossil Dig Experience Site in this park in Katsuyama City, at which many dinosaur fossils have been found, is a popular location where you can try excavating fossils from spring to autumn. Try excavating fossils from the Cretaceous Period 120 million years ago and encounter creatures and plants in the nearby natural pond.

    A short walk from the Dinosaur museum, this is an enjoyable way to spend an hour before catching the bus back to the station. A great collection of life sized dinosaurs in wooded surroundings. Like...

  • Fukui Prefectural Children's Science Center - Angel Land Fukui
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    4.5
    43 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Haruechouhigashitaroumaru 3-1
    Angel Land Fukui, a complex that features a play building, a science building, a culture building and a local child hall as central facilities with various functions, is a place for learning about science while enjoying Hokuriku’s largest planetarium and space theater. It is visited by roughly 500,000 people every year. You can experience the latest technology in craftsmanship and manufacturing too. Approximately 16 minutes on foot from JR Harue Station.

    I am a teenager who has gone to Fukui for many summers. Although I am probably the oldest one there every time I visit, I still love to go as it is fun and nostalgic. The outdoors is free, as well as...

  • 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.
  • Megane Museum
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    3.5
    52 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Sabaeshi Shinyokoe 2-3-4 Inside the glasses hall
    This glasses museum is located in Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, which produces more than 90% of the glasses made in Japan. In addition to in-depth exhibits on the history of eyeglasses, the museum also features a glasses shop where visitors can try out the latest models of Made in JAPAN glasses, a cafe offering sweets from Sabae City, a souvenir corner, and more. Visitors can also try their hand at making a one-of-a-kind pair of glasses. The museum is about a 15-minute walk from JR Sabae City.

    I think the megane museum is mostly just the store to buy frames. The museum is tiny and the main workshop requires prior arrangements - over 3 weeks in advance to make your own glass frames, and the...

  • Former Morita Bank Headquarters
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Sakai-shi Mikunicho Minamihonmachi 3-3-26
    A historical building in Minamihonmachi 3-Chome, Mikuni-cho, Sakai City. It was built in 1920 as the bank headquarters for the local Morita family who made a fortune in the shipping business. It is the oldest reinforced concrete building remaining in the prefecture and is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan.

    Some friends and I happened across this place by accident as we were eating gelatos at the great gelato place just opposite. The guide was an absolutely lovely middle-aged lady who provided me with...

  • 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.
  • Fukui City History Museum
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Houei 3-12-1
    This museum, which has a wealth of collections, including the Fukui City Shungaku Commemorative Collection, relating to the Fukui feudal domain and the Echizen Matsudaira Family, has a lot to see such as permanent exhibit rooms divided into 4 themes from pre-historic times up to the post-war recovery period as well as the Matsudaira Historical Records Room. Special exhibitions are also recommended as visitors can learn about the history of Japan and Asia while focusing on local history.

    A small museum, but with many interesting exhibits, such as ancient burial tombs, and old swords and armour, but unfortunately there is no English explanation for the exhibits. Found the Japanese...

  • Saint Pia Awara
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    3.5
    40 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukui Pref. Awarashi Onsen 4-305
    The hot spring and cultural amenity zone Saint Pia Awara is a place with an onsen zone that has creative baths like the “ten-no-yu” and “chi-no-yu,” and an amenity zone with tourist information about Awara City, events like dance exhibitions by Awara geisha, and a vendor corner selling fresh specialty city goods. There is also a restaurant that serves light meals, sides, and alcohol.

    お風呂だけでなく、漫画を読めるスペースや、食事のできるスペースがあります。又Wi-Fiも無料で使えますので、何かと役立つ施設です。公衆浴場はほとんどが地元のシニアさん達の利用でしょう。私を含め、外部からあわら温泉を訪問した利用者は旅館の風呂を使うので、本施設を利用する意義は薄いとは思います。しかし、あわら温泉の歴史を説明している展示はわかりやすく興味深かったです。

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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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