Close to the cities of Osaka and Kyoto, Fukui Prefecture is a popular destination for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Though perhaps most famous for its dinosaur museum, one of the best in the world, Fukui is also blessed with rich history, breathtaking scenery, fresh seafood, delicious sake, and one of the best beaches in Japan.
Fukui is accessible by JR express trains from Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, and Kanazawa—cities all served by bullet train from Tokyo. Alternatively, you can take a highway bus or drive.
The rail journey from Kanazawa is the quickest at just under an hour, while trains from Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto take between one and two hours. All of these options are covered by the Japan Rail Pass. More leisurely and inexpensive highway buses also operate between these cities and Fukui. It is also possible to take highway buses from Tokyo, which arrive in around eight hours.
Wakasa Agate Craftwork
Since the early 18th century, decorative objects carved from agate have been made in Obama. Wakasa meno zaiku is char...
The ama ebi or sweet shrimp caught in the deep waters off the coast of Fukui have a distinctively mellow flavor with ...
Umeboshi are sour plums pickled in salt with shiso, Japanese basil. The ones from Fukui have a sour, sweet, salty and...
Fukui enjoys optimal weather for growing buckwheat, and as a result produces some of Japans finest buckwheat soba noo...
Echizen crabs, caught off what was once known as the Echizen Coast, are known as the "king of crabs" due to...
Wakasa Lacquered Chopsticks
The city of Obama in Fukui produces Wakasa lacquer chopsticks, accounting for 90% of those produced in Japan. Known f...
Fukui reawakens after winter with events across the prefecture such as feudal parades and flower-exchanging festivals. For the cherry blossoms, visit in late March.
Summer is about hitting local beaches with crystal-clear waters and pale golden sands during the day and making merry at one of the local fireworks displays come evening.
The days become cooler and the leaves begin to change hues, giving Fukui’s many beautiful spots a whole new look, as do illumination events at Yokokan Garden and Atagozaka.
Easily accessible ski slopes, soul-warming hot springs and winter delicacies such as Echizen crab draw visitors in the chilly winter season.