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Katsuyama

Katsuyama

Katsuyama is a mountain city and the definition of Fukui Prefecture's "snow country" tag, as well as the location of one of the best dinosaur museums in the world. The Fukui Prefecture Dinosaur Museum is the research hub of dinosaur fossils in Japan, and houses four floors of over fort..

Sakai

Sakai

Sakai is Fukui Prefecture's second most populous city and home to Maruoka Castle, Japan's oldest remaining castle. Maruoka Castle is known as Kasumi-ga-jo, or Mist Castle, as legend has it that whenever an enemy approaches the castle, a thick mist will shroud it and prevent the castle from b..

Fukui City

Fukui City

Fukui City is the capital of Fukui prefecture, which is located along the coast of the Sea of Japan. While most attractions lie just outside of the city center, there are a number of places that make Fukui city worth visiting. The Ichijōdani Asakura Family Historic Ruins are historic ruins from a ca..

Where to eat

Oden Ishida-Ya at JR Fukui Station

Oden Ishida-Ya at JR Fukui Station

When you visit JR Fukui Station, you can't miss the spooky sound of the dinosaurs roaring at the sky day and night. Then you cross the street, and find Oden Ishida-Ya standing just opposite the Hotel Toyoko-Inn. Pass by the lines of piled-up sake..

Seafood Restaurant Fukui Kankichi

Seafood Restaurant Fukui Kankichi

Fukui is famous for fresh seafood and you can find many seafood restaurants and bars within the city. Out of these places the Seafood Restaurant Kankichi is one of my favorites. Why? Because their food is delicious and the price is reasonable. Kanki..

Hoeijuku Tenohana Cafe

Hoeijuku Tenohana Cafe

Fukui City is a sprawling empire. Though it boasts the title of city, the actual area one could call urban is but a small tract of land that falls within Fukui City's realm. This fact has its downsides - no subway, slow buses with very li..

Places to stay

Auberge Fujii Fermier

Auberge Fujii Fermier

Auberge Fujii Fermier is located in a small village close to the Echizen seashore in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. You can relax and enjoy the distinct pleasures of each of the four seasons here. If you listen closely, you will hear the birds singing and ..

Seifuso Onsen Hotel

Seifuso Onsen Hotel

Awara onsen is the most famous hot spring town in Fukui prefecture, situated 18 kilometers north of Fukui city. The town has a rich history dating back to 1883. A farmer first found the hot spring when he was digging a well in a swamp. Soon after, ma..

Stay at Auberge Fujii Fermier

Stay at Auberge Fujii Fermier

Auberge Fujii Fermier is located in a small village close to the Echizen seashore in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. You can relax and enjoy the distinct pleasures of each of the four seasons here. If you listen closely, you will hear the birds singing and ..

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Nishiyama Park and Red Pandas in Sabae

Nishiyama Park and Red Pandas in Sabae

Nishiyama Park is an expansive park where visitors can immerse themselves in an oasis of nature. Located in the heart of Sabae City the park is quite a rarity for a city of this size and one of the top destinations in all of Fukui Prefecture.  ..

The Best of Winter in Fukui

The Best of Winter in Fukui

One of the joys of living in Fukui lies in taking advantage of the ever-changing seasons and what they bring to the region. Although the prefecture certainly has plenty to offer when it comes to spring sakura blossoms, fall colors, and beautiful summ..

Snow Melts at Yokokan Garden, Fukui

Snow Melts at Yokokan Garden, Fukui

One sunny day in late February, I visited Yokokan Garden. Since a sunny day is quite rare in Fukui (it's almost always gray and buried in snow during winter!), I jumped out of bed as soon as I saw sunshine through my window in the morning. As I&..

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Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionChubu
IslandHonshu
CapitalFukui
Population806,314
Area4,190.43 sq. km

History buffs will find no better place in Japan to visit than Fukui, a prefecture rich with historically and culturally important sites. The Ichijodani Asakura Ruins contain ruins from the Sengoku Period over 500 years ago, while Maruoka Castle is the oldest remaining castle in Japan today.

Furthermore, the Fukui Dinosaur Museum ranks among the most impressive of its kind in the world. But perhaps the most significant Fukui destinations are Eiheiji, one of the two main temples of Zen Buddhism, and the breathtaking Tojinbo cliffs.

Fukui is also known for its good food. Snow crab and mackerel are enjoyed by many in Japan, while the famous Koshi Hikari brand of rice are not only delicious as is, it also means that you can expect some great sake while you're there.

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