Culture / Tour Spots in Fukui / Katsuyama / Awara Area

  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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    4.5
    691 Reviews
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    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...

  • Megane Museum
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    3.5
    52 Reviews
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    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...

  • Fukui Prefectural Children's Science Center - Angel Land Fukui
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    4.5
    43 Reviews
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    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...

  • Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Omiya 2-19-15
    The Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History is a museum in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture that is dedicated to the history and industrial heritage of the Fukui region. The authentic artifacts on display and the section dedicated to the period from the mid-1950s through to the early 1970s are of particular interest. In the “Life in the Showa Period” corner, which recreates life in both rural communities and towns in that era, there is plenty to inspire nostalgia among visitors who remember those times, including a reconstruction of a traditional farmhouse and of a Dagashiya (traditional Japanese sweet shop). The lighting, sound effects and other aspects of the displays are changed with the seasons, further enhancing the experience for visitors to the Museum. The Museum is around 10 minutes’ drive from JR Fukui Station.

    We cam here on our way through town. The entry fee is 100 yen. The museum is small but very well laid out with good exhibits. Well worth the time to get here. It gives a good look at Japanese...

  • Fukui City History Museum
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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    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...

  • Echizen Matsushima Aquarium
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    3.0
    4 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichousaki 74-2-3
    This aquarium is located within Echizen-Kaga Kaigan Quasi-National Park in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture. It is near the scenic spot Tojinbo. There are several exhibits where visitors can observe and interact with marine and waterside life up close, as well as shows and feeding events. There’s a large “ocean fish tank” containing a school of nearly 3,000 sardines, as well as a “coral sea” featuring a water tank underneath the glass floor, making it feel like you’re walking on the surface. Visitors can also watch penguins swim from an underwater tunnel and swim along with the fish in the “jabu jabu ocean pool.”

    三国の宿に越前ガニを食べに来て、その帰りに水族館に寄りました。 昨夜、飽きるほど海鮮類を食べたのに、飽きずに北陸海鮮を堪能しました。

  • Katsuyama Castle Museum
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
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    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.

  • Mikuni Ryushokan Museum
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
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    Fukui Sakai-shi Mikunicho Midorigaoka 4-2-1
    "A museum located along the Ryutozaka Road in Midorigaoka 4 Chome, Mikuni-cho, Sakai. With the concept of ""This Museum Contains All of Mikuni"", the exhibits cover the history and culture of Mikuni, a port town that flourished as the gateway to Echizen Province. The exterior of the building is a restoration of the Ryuto Elementary School that was built in 1879, and there's an exhibit on the fourth floor dedicated to award winning trick art."

    オランダ人技師であったG.A.ラッセルが三国湊町に洋風の木造5階建の龍飛小学校のデザインをされたと言われております。

  • Fukui Fine Arts Museum
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Bunkyou 3-16-1
    Maintaining artistic works in a variety of ways, such as in collections, themed exhibits and in special exhibits, the Fukui Fine Arts Museum primarily assembles works from artists connected to Fukui Prefecture, and has been home to the Okashima collection since 1987. In the special exhibit area, you will find works by many famous artists from Japan and abroad.

    福井で時間があったので立ち寄りましたが、福井駅から少し距離があるので、車がないとアクセスしにくい場所ですね。特別企画展以外の常設展示のみであれば100円で鑑賞できます。時期がずれていて見学できませんでしたが、浮世絵展など5月には開催予定と書かれていましたし、タイミングがあえば色々な美術に触れられると思います。

  • Fukui City Art Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Fukui Fukui-shi Geba 3-1111
    "This art museum is located inside Geba Central Park in Geba 3-Chome, Fukui City. It features a collection of works by the sculptor Hiroatsu Takata, who grew up in Fukui. The permanent exhibit, ""The World of Hiroatsu Takata,"" features some 80 sculptures and around 10 sketches. The museum also holds special exhibitions as well as workshops in which participants can try their hand at making a variety of objects."

    The art museum is good, though can be expensive to get into the exhibits. Exhibits change regularly. It is attached to a great and large park, with fields, a fountain with paddling pool, and a big...

  • Fukui City Museum of Natural History
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Asuwakamichou 147
    This museum has a permanent exhibition consisting of three areas themed around the relationship between people and nature: Mt. Asuwa Nature Encyclopedia, History of our Hometown and Nature of our Hometown. It also has an observatory which it uses to popularize celestial events so that many people can enjoy them. The museum also holds various observation gatherings and courses and you can participate in star-gazing without prior reservation.

    Still just 100 yen, which is excellent value for this museum. Has the same interesting exhibits of local geology and wildlife, plus they have added some new items. They now have a simple English...

  • Arawa Lake Kitagata Iris Garden
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Awarashi Kitagata 211
    Opened in 1976. Awara Lake Kitagata Iris Garden is one of the largest such gardens in Japan. For about one month beginning early in June, about 200,000 irises of 300 varieties bloom in profusion, creating a splendid visual delight that looks like a painting. Every year during the blooming season, the Hana Shobu Matsuri is held, visitors can enjoy local traditional performing arts, a market featuring famous local products, and boat excursions on the lake.

    芦原温泉の温泉街からは離れた、湖畔にたたずむ静かな環境のやど。最近リニューアルしたようで、部屋も宿も全体的にきれいで清潔だし、食事も充実していて満足。とくに夜のカニづくしの食事は秀逸でした。 温泉もきもちよかったですが、露天風呂は屋内に窓をあけて風を通したようなものなので展望もなく、むしろ二階の展望風呂の方が気持ちよかったです。 JRの芦原温泉駅からは送迎をお願いできるのに加えて、時間があえば、J...

  • Ono Historical Museum
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    3.0
    12 Reviews
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    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。

  • Sabae City Nishiyama Zoo
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sabaeshi Sakuramachi 3-8-9
    Opened in 1985, the Sabae City Nishiyama Zoo has made great strides in raising and breeding rare wild animals, particularly the red panda. This zoo is one of the few in the country to successfully breed red pandas. Red pandas don’t like the heat so you can’t see them much in summer, but there are live cameras placed inside and outside the red panda house, so you can see them in all their cuteness.

    I took a quick side-trip to the zoo (which is tiny) but it has a bunch (a dozen?) red pandas in separate enclosures. There are also some showy pheasants and peacocks and some spider monkeys, but...

  • Asuwayama Park
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Yamaokuchou 58-97
    An amusement park located in Asuwayama Park, a lush park with spectacular views 20 minutes from the Fukui interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway. Surrounded by trees and situated on a sloping hill, facilities include a small zoo and playground. The new Happy Jungle zoo building provides a space which animals and people can share, and here visitors will find capybara, marmosets, and other small mammals as well as birds and reptiles. There are also rare animals such as parrots and parakeets protected under the Washington Convention as well as red kangaroos.

    ミニ動物園とアスレチック ユニークな施設として池や木などで熱帯雨林の環境を再現し、動物と来園者を隔てる仕切りが一切ないハピジャンがあります。間近で動物の生態を観察できます。他にはポニーやロバなどの小哺乳類がいますが、危険な猛獣はいません。また、13基のアスレチックがあり、小学生くらいまでは大丈夫です。小さなお子様連れには1日楽しめる施設です

  • MUSEUM Hana no Kura
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    Fukui Pref. Yoshidaguneiheijichou Fujimaki 34-2
    This exhibition hall is located on the grounds of Kogyoji Temple in Fujimaki, Eiheiji Town, Yoshida County. It features a range of exhibits on topics including the history of Kogyoji Temple such as its major role in the missionary work of the Buddhist priest Rennyo in Yoshizaki, as well as on the folktales of Echizen Province (today the northern portion of Fukui Prefecture). Other exhibits include a collection of Buddhist statues from places including Bhutan and India, and other regions.
  • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum Field Station
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    Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi Murokochou Terao 51-11 Inside forest of the Marine dinosaurs
    An outdoor dinosaur museum located in Katsuyama Dinosaur Forest Park in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture famous as one of the largest dinosaur fossil excavation sites in Japan. The grounds are divided into three zones—a viewing area where you can see the fossil excavation site up close, an exhibition hall where you can learn about the fossils found here and the techniques used, and an area where you can experience what it’s like to excavate a fossil yourself. Visiting the site is a tour-only affair. You can reserve a tour in advance, and same-day tour tickets are also sold on a first come, first serve basis. A dedicated bus is used to get to the site which can be boarded in front of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.
  • Suisen Dome
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    Fukui Fukui-shi Ikura 43-25
    A daffodil flower intensive cultivation display located within Echizen Suisen-no-Sato Park along the Isaribi Highway in Ikura Town, Fukui city. This was the first area in Japan to have daffodils blooming throughout the year and you can view the Echizen daffodils year-round. Admission is permitted with a shared ticket with the nearby Koshino Furusato Museum.
  • Fukui Atago Saka Tea ceremony Art Museum
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Fukui Fukui-shi Asuwa 1-chome 8-5

    1999年に愛宕坂にある茶道をテーマとする美術館として開館しました。3階がロビー1階が常設展会場、2階が企画展会場となっています。常設展では福の茶道文化の起源とされる一乗谷朝倉氏遺跡の出土品や越前松平家など茶道の歴史を展示しています。また、ロビーでは一服200円でお抹茶のサービスを受けることができ、憩いのひとときを過ごすことができます。

  • Senkonoietubokawakajutakuhozonkai
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Maruokachoukamitakeda 30-11

    江戸時代の初期に建てられた、国内最古の民家になります。坪川家の住宅になります。国指定文化財になります。

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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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