Compared to some other areas in Japan, Fukui Prefecture is easier for visitors to navigate using public transportation. There is an extensive network of trains and buses that can take visitors to most of the more popular places of interest.

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    Buses

    Buses

    Buses

    There are a lot of buses that can take you throughout the city. It’s best to use a navigation app that can tell you where buses are going, since all the schedules at the stops will be in Japanese. In Fukui, bus fares generally start around 200 yen and increase the farther you go. If you’re just visiting and want to hit some of the big tourist attractions, Fukui City has a community bus called the “Smile Bus”. This bus is a great deal because it has a flat rate of 100 yen. The Smile Bus stop can be found just outside of Fukui Station. At the main bus terminal, there’s a ton of information on tourist attractions in the area, so you can be sure to find something interesting on your journey.

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    Car Rental

    Car Rental

    Car Rental

    Renting a car is only possible if you have an international (or Japanese) driver’s license. Car rental centers have different car sizes available and the rental prices vary based on the size. For example, NICONICO Rent a Car offers cars from 5,700-13,000 yen per day. While the upfront cost seems expensive, renting a car is probably the cheapest option for groups. The prices of buses and trains can quickly add up, so it makes sense to pool your money for a car if you plan on traveling a lot throughout the prefecture - not to mention all the spots you can visit off the beaten track.

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    Taxis

    Taxis

    Taxis

    For going short distances quickly and without hassle, taxis are your best bet. In Fukui Prefecture, the base fare for taxis is 580 yen, which includes the first 1,200 meters. After that, the fare goes up by 90 yen every 265 meters traveled. For longer distances, you get a very slight mileage discount. For example, if you plan on traveling 10 kilometers, your fare will come out to be 3,640 yen. Taxis are a bit pricey, so it’s best to use them as last resort measures, since buses and trains will be more affordable in the long run.

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    Fukui City Tram

    Fukui City Tram

    Fukui City Tram

    Fukui City has a streetcar line that runs from the northern part of Fukui City all the way to Echizen in the South. It’s a fun way to see the city at a slower pace. The downside of taking the tram is that it doesn’t come as frequently as the trains in the area. On the upside, it’s relatively cheap. Tram fare starts at 170 yen for one stop, but it only costs 400 yen to go from the first station to the last station, a total distance of 21.5 kilometers.

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    Komatsu Airport

    Komatsu Airport

    Komatsu Airport

    Located in the Ishikawa Prefecture, Komatsu Airport is the closest international airport to Fukui Prefecture. Many of the major Asian airlines fly into Komatsu and buses from the airport to various destinations. For instance, you can take an airport limousine bus to Fukui Station for 1,250 yen for adults and 630 yen for children. The airport is also a great place to do some last-minute planning if you’re still looking for places to see.

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