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FUKUI

Fukui Prefecture

Fukui prefecture is located on the western coast of the Japan sea and it’s part of Hokuriku region where visitors can find various sightseeing spots with many aspects. Fukui is known in Japan as a treasure trove of dinosaur fossils. The reason why dinosaur fossils became famous in Fukui is that many dinosaur fossils were discovered in the northern part of Fukui prefecture. There is a recommended spot for dinosaur fossils which is the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, one of the three great dinosaur museums of the world which has 44 full dinosaur skeletons on display.

Fukui prefecture is located on the western coast of the Japan sea and it’s part of Hokuriku region where visitors can find various sightseeing spots with many aspects.

Things to Do in Fukui


Fukui is also packed with scenic spots, such as the Tojinbo cliffs and their wondrous shapes cut by ocean waves, and the mystical Echizen Ono Castle that floats in a cloud sea. The other Fukui’s famous tourist spot is Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and about 70 buildings deep in the woods are not to be missed. It is a temple with a history dating back nearly 800 years. There are many visitors from all over the world wanting to learn about Zen as Eihei-ji Temple is one of the headquarters of Soto Zen Buddhism.

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Hokuriku is renowned for fresh foods and if you're hungry, Fukui is the place to be for seafood lovers. It boasts luxuries such as Echizen crab and Wakasa blowfish that are so popular that many visitors travel from outside the prefecture to sample them. Don't forget to try Echizen sea urchin, a salted elegant sea urchin that is said to be one of the three great delicacies of Japan.

Hokuriku is renowned for fresh foods and Fukui is the place to be for seafood.

Traveling from Tokyo to Fukui

There are some ways to get to Fukui from Tokyo. One of the routes is to take the flight from Haneda airport to Komatsu airport with approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. Visitors can take a bus from Komatsu airport to Fukui station which will take about 1 hour by bus. By train, visitors can take Hokuriku shinkansen from Tokyo station to Kanazawa station and then transfer at Kanazawa station to Hokuriku rail line to Fukui station which will take approximately 3 hours 40 minutes.

Getting from Tokyo to FUKUI

Route 1

  • Haneda Airport → Komatsu airport : Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes to Komatsu airport.
    (From Komatsu airport to Fukui station will take about 1 hour by bus.)

Route 2

  • JR Tokyo station → JR Fukui station : Approximately 3 hours 40 minutes. Taking Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo station to Kanazawa station and transfer at Kanazawa station to Hokuriku rail line to Fukui station.

Recommended routes

  • FUKUI × TOKYO
    Begin by viewing legendary Japanese ukiyo-e painter and printmaker Hokusai’s masterpiece Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji at Sumida Hokusai Museum before travelling to Eiheiji Temple, a head temple and holy site with over 700 years of history and tradition. Buddhist ascetic training is practiced here, and visitors can catch a glimpse of ascetic monks undergoing such training. Experience the heart and soul of Japan on this trip.
  • FUKUI × TOKYO
    After fully enjoying the scenery of the metropolis from Shibuya Scramble Square, a 47 stories-tall new landmark that directly connects to Shibuya Station, head to Heisenji Hakusan Shrine in Fukui. The entire area is covered in beautiful moss, as if someone spread out a green carpet. A trip to enjoy the contrast between the metropolis and nature.

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