Awara Onsen: A well-known hot-spring resort town in Fukui



In Awara Onsen (芦原温泉、あわら温泉) there are 74 hot springs and about 30 hotels. In 2018 about 800,000 people stayed there. The town has a 140-year history, and the Showa emperor (1901–1989) stayed there several times.

In my opinion, Awara Onsen has three good points:

  • Each hotel in the town has unique hot springs.
  • A lot of the hotels have beautiful gardens.
  • You can get meals made with seasonal ingredients.

All of the hot springs are unique, so the water quality, composition, and physical effects are different among all of them. read more

The Tojinbo Cliffs: A renowned tourist spot in Fukui

(Source: 福井県観光連盟)


The Tojinbo Cliffs (東尋坊) are a series of cliffs in Sakai, Fukui that are about a kilometer long and about 25 meters high. The cliffs are made from columnar jointing of pyroxene andesite. (Pyroxene andesite is a type of rock, and a columnar joint is a column-shaped crack in stone.) The columnar joints in the Tojinbo Cliffs are among the largest in the world. The only places that have similarly large ones are Mount Kumgang in Korea and the western coast of Norway. read more

Kehi Jingu Shrine: A shrine that has one of Japan’s three greatest wooden torii gates


Kehi Jingu Shrine (氣比神宮), which is in Tsuruga, is one of the best-known shrines in Fukui Prefecture. It has one of Japan’s three greatest wooden torii gates and is a symbol of Tsuruga. 

The shrine was built in 702. In the Middle Ages it was destroyed in a battle, but in 1614 it was restored. The main shrine was a designated national treasure until World War Two, but it was devastated in the war. After the war it was rebuilt. read more

Kehi no Matsubara: one of Japan’s three most beautiful pine tree parks

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Kehi no Matsubara(気比の松原), which is a designated National Place of Scenic Beauty, is a pine tree park with a beach. It’s a well-known sightseeing spot in Tsuruga, Fukui. In the past, a lot of important historical figures have been there.

It faces Tsuruga Bay, is about 1.5 kilometers long and has an area of about 400,000 square meters. There are about 17,000 pine trees in the park. The contrast between the white sandy beach and the green pine trees is beautiful. (Matsubara means pine fields.) read more

Eiheiji: The Buddhist temple where Steve Jobs wanted to become a monk


Zen is a form of Buddhism, and it’s well known around the world. Eiheiji in Fukui is a world-renowned Zen temple.

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computer, practiced Zen. He even thought about going to Eiheiji to become a monk. It’s said that Apple products have been influenced by Zen (in their simplicity, for example). read more

Cherry blossoms in Nishiyama Park: One of the best spots to see cherry blossoms in Fukui


It takes about 40 minutes to get from Fukui Station to Nishiyama Park on the train. You can enjoy seeing the cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, and the maple trees in autumn there. The park has a long history and has been designated one of Japan’s top 100 historical parks. It’s a major tourist destination in Fukui. read more

Hashimoto Sanai: The eternal teacher for the people in Fukui

He is Hashimoto Sanai. (Source: 福井市立郷土歴史博物館)


Hashimoto Sanai(橋本左内) (1834–1859) was born in Fukui, Japan, and in his life he was a doctor, a samurai (Japanese warrior), and a politician. He was one of the contributors to the creation of democracy in Japan in the 19th century. His reputation in Japan is high, and he’s especially admired in his home city of Fukui. His teachings and influence are deeply engraved in the DNA of the people there. read more

Seibu Fukui: the only department store in Fukui


Seibu Fukui (西武福井) is well known locally and a symbol of the prefecture. People in Fukui go to the department store on special occasions. It’s the only department store in Fukui, and it has about a 90-year history.

Department stores are large outlets that sell high-quality daily necessities including food and clothes. There are only about 200 department stores in Japan. I might be wrong, but I think department stores sell expensive and high-quality products, while shopping centers sell cheaper items. When you go to a department store, you have to wear appropriate clothing. read more