Travel / Tourism 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...

  • Fukui Castle Ruins
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    3.0
    177 Reviews
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    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...

  • Heisenji Temple Hakusan Shrine
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    4.5
    117 Reviews
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    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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    103 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kitanosho Castle Ruins Shibata Park
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    3.5
    100 Reviews
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    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 Sightseeing Boat Cruises
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    70 Reviews
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    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...

  • Dinosaur Fossil Dig Experience Site
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
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    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
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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...

  • 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...

  • Former Morita Bank Headquarters
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    40 Reviews
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    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...

  • Fukui City History Museum
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    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...

  • Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
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    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...

  • 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.

  • Takidanji Temple
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Mikunichoutakidani 1-7-15
    Founded by Eiken Shonin in 1375 during the Northern and Southern Dynasties Period, Takidaniji Temple houses a number of National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties and old documents, always keeping a portion of them on display. It has much to see, including the sansui garden, a Place of Scenic Beauty in the country. This spectacular Japanese garden offers a nice atmosphere through each of the four seasons.

    The garden is beautiful. The priests mother keeps 5 or 6 cats and they are fat and adorable. The are mixed, Persian and others. Anyway it is worth visiting this temple to see the building, garden...

  • Ichijodani Asakura Family Site Museum
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    3.5
    25 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Abakachou 4-10
    Founded in 1981, the Ichijodani Asakura Family Site Museum exhibits roughly 500 pieces unearthed from the Ichijodani Asakura Clans Ruins, including many items that are Nationally Designated Important Cultural Properties. Also, on display are excavated materials and topographical models of Ichijodani as well as a reproduction model, offering a look at the history of the ruins and the Asakura family.

    The museum contains artifacts found within the ruins and a diorama of the valley as it would have been during the time of the Asakura clan. Explanations are only written in Japanese so it is helpful...

  • Mikuni Ryushokan Museum
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    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。

  • Yumeore Katsuyama, the Hataya Memorial Hall
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    20 Reviews
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    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.

    明治37年に建てられた機織り工事を利用して、勝山の織物の歴史や機織り機の体験ができるはたや記念館ゆめおーれ勝山です。

  • Roadside Station Nishiyama Park
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sabaeshi Sakuramachi 3-950
    Located in Sabae City, this roadside station is a popular spot for enjoying the famous azaleas of Nishiyama Park from a nearby eating area. The first floor features a corner where you can buy Sabae-brand products like glasses and lacquerware—primary industries of Sabae City—and also a crop wholesaler space where you can buy fresh, in-season vegetables produced by local farms.

    お土産を買おうといってみましたが特産品(農産物等)が多くお菓子などのお土産品は少なかったです。 駐車場はそこそこ広いのですがいっぱいの時もありました。 エレベーターで公園へ出ることができます。

  • Ippitsu Keijo Nihonichimijikai Tegami no Yakata Museum
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    20 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Maruokachoukasumichou 3-10-1
    Born from the amalgamation of 20 years of history and the thoughts of many people, the Ippitsu Keijo Tegami Museum began with “Ippitsu Keijosho Award” built of the theme of Honda Sakuzemon Shigetsugu’s letters. In the regular exhibit, you can see the history of the “Ippitsu Keijosho Award” along with the prize-winning pieces. Also, sometimes special exhibits are held.

    1993年から続けている、日本一短い手紙のコンクールの歴史と、これまでの入賞作品などを紹介、展示しております。

  • Asuwa-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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    Fukui Pref. Fukuishi Asuwakamichou 108
    With a deep faith and history spanning over 1,500 years since its founding, the Asuwa-jinja Shrine—named for the ancestor deity of Echizen—venerates Emperor Keitai as the main deity, with other deities worshipped here as well. On the grounds you’ll find takao maples and weeping cherry trees which were designated as Natural Monuments in 1970. They are best viewed in mid November and around April 10th respectively, when many visitors enjoy them.

    A nice shrine in some beautiful scenery, worth visiting if you make the walk up Asuwayama. Easiest to visit by car. Best to visit in the Spring or the Fall, to see the cherry blossoms and red/orange...

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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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