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FUKUI

A little west of central Honshu, Fukui Prefecture is located just above Kyoto and Gifu prefectures, with the Sea of Japan to its north. This prefecture, so rich in nature, is surrounded on the other three sides by mountains. Its culture is complex: Fukui is a single integrated prefecture comprised of two areas known as Reinan and Reihoku. This is why culture, customs, and words can differ entirely between Fukui’s northern and southern areas. The Reihoku area is close to Kanazawa, and it often snows in winter. The Reinan area has many bays, and is relatively warm with little snowfall. Culturally, it is said to be quite similar to Kyoto. One common point is the delicious seafood. The names of certain Fukui delicacies, such as Echizen crab and deep-water shrimp, are known nationwide.
Fukui is also known for its fascinating points of culture, which once seen are never forgotten, including dinosaurs, eyeglasses, and deep-fried tofu. The surrounding area includes many major tourist destinations such as Kyoto and Kanazawa. Travel within Fukui will surely lead to a deeper encounter with Japan.

    • Spring 7°C–25°C
      Deep-water shrimp, Wakasa flounder, Mikuni Festival, Asuwa River cherry trees, mackerel sushi
    • Summer 22°C–31°C
      Mikata eel, kuzu manju buns, Wakasa tilefish, Mizushima Island
    • Autumn 15°C–27°C
      Autumn leaves at Lake Kuzuryu, Echizen persimmons, Hanagatami maple festival
    • Winter 0°C–10°C
      Wakasa blowfish, mizuyokan sweets, Echizen crab, skiing at Katsuyama, Echizen coast narcissus
    • Mikuniminato
      A port town that flourished through trade from the Sea of Japan. Many retro streets and old townhouses remain.
    • Katsuyama
      A mountainous area located in the southeast of the prefecture. Also famous for Lake Kuzuryu. Has plenty of activities such as skiing.
    • Tsuruga
      This area is home to many venerable shrines, such as Kehi Shrine and Kanegasaki-gu Shrine. The 5 lakes of Mikata are located a little to the west.
    • Fukui Town
      Although the center of Fukui Prefecture, Fukui Town is located in the prefecture’s northeast. Buses and trains bound for every area leave from here, making it a hub for travel.
    • Sabae, Echizen coast
      Located in the approximate center of Fukui Prefecture, this beautiful coastline is famous. The Sabae area, located inland, is famous for manufacturing eyeglasses.
    • Car
      The Hokuriku Expressway runs along the Sea of Japan coast, which is also handy for touring surrounding areas such as Kanazawa. There are plenty of great driving routes.
    • Bus
      There are direct bus routes from JR Fukui Station to Mikuni Station, Katsuyama, Eiheiji Temple, etc.
    • Train
      Most of the area is accessible by train. Fukui Railway and Echizen Railway also offer one-day unlimited travel tickets.
    • Air
      There is no airport in Fukui Prefecture. The closest is Komatsu Airport in Ishikawa Prefecture.
    • Komatsu Airport is a 1-hour flight from Haneda Airport. Fukui Station is about 1 hour by shuttle bus from Komatsu Airport.
  • Seafood
    Seafood

    All of Fukui Prefecture

  • Takeda deep-fried tofu
    Takeda deep-fried tofu

    Sakai City

  • Eiheiji Temple
    Eiheiji Temple

    Yoshida-gun

  • Heisenji Hakusan Shrine
    Heisenji Hakusan Shrine

    Katsuyama City

  • Dinosaur Museum
    Dinosaur Museum

    Katsuyama City

  • Eyeglasses from Sabae
    Eyeglasses from Sabae

    Sabae City

  • Mikuni-minatomachi
    Mikuni-minatomachi

    Sakai City

  • Activities
    Activities

    All of Fukui Prefecture

  • Souvenirs
    Souvenirs

    All of Fukui Prefecture