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

(Source: 福井県観光連盟)


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

Echizen uni: one of the top three delicacies in Japan

(Source: Fukui Photo Gallery)


Echizen uni(越前うに in Japanese) is salted sea urchin. Echizen(越前) is the name of a region in Fukui. Uni(うに), or sea urchin, is a small sea creature with a round shell covered with spikes. Echizen uni is a specialty of Fukui.

Do you know what the top three delicacies are in the West? (By delicacies, I mean foods that are rare and delicious.) read more

The Takefu Kiku Ningyo Festival: one of the three best chrysanthemum doll festivals in Japan


You can see colorful life-sized chrysanthemum dolls and numerous kinds of chrysanthemums for free at the Takefu Kiku Ningyo Festival. (Kiku means “chrysanthemum” and ningyo means “doll.”) Kiku Ningyo festival is one of Japan’s cultural traditions.

The Takefu Kiku Ningyo Festival has a 70-year history and is one of the three best Kiku Ningyo Festivals in Japan. It’s held every year from early October through early November at Takefu Chuo Park(武生中央公園), Fukui. read more

Wada Tsunashiro: The founder of modern mineralogy in Japan



Wada Tsunashiro (1856–1920) was born in Obama, Fukui, Japan. In 1873 he got into Kaisei School, where he learned mineralogy from the German mining engineer Carl Schenck. (Kaisei School was the predecessor of the University of Tokyo.) In 1884 he went to Germany and studied mineralogy. In 1885 he came back to Japan and took a post at the University of Tokyo, becoming the first professor of mineralogy in Japan. He’s considered the founder of modern mineralogy in the country. read more

Satsukigase Senbei: a specialty of Fukui that has been awarded a prize by the Monde Selection for 27 years in a row


Satsukigase Senbei (五月ヶ瀬煎餅) is a well-known sweet in Fukui. It’s one of the best-known local specialties of Fukui.

Senbei (煎餅) means rice cracker or Japanese cracker. Usually rice crackers are salty, but Satsukigase Senbei is sweet. The biggest feature of Satsukigase Senbei is that it has peanuts in it. read more