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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Beautiful national park with the best beaches in western Japan

Wakasa Bay is situated in the far southwestern end of Fukui, home to some of the clearest waters along the Sea of Japan coast. It is also the center of Wakaso-Wan Quasi-National Park, which stretches from Kehi-no-Matsubara in Tsuruga all the way to the Tango Peninsula in neighboring Kyoto Prefecture.

Don't Miss

  • Mikata Five Lakes
  • The many beautiful beaches that line the bay
  • Sancho-machi in Obama
  • Temples such as Myotsu-ji and Mantoku-ji

How to Get There

You can reach the area by rail.

The Wakasa area is served by the JR Obama Line, which starts in Tsuruga and makes stops all the way to Higashi-Maizuru Station in the Kyoto Prefecture.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Mikata Five Lakes

On the east shore of Wakasa Bay you can find the Mikata Five Lakes,which are protected by the Ramsar Convention. Each of them is a different color. Connected by canals, you can book boat tours and sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Another great way to see the five lakes is from the observation deck at the Rainbow Line Scenic Park atop Mt. Baijo. This observation deck boasts amazing views of Wakasa Bay, and on a clear day you can even see as far as the Tango Peninsula.

Go for a dip in the clear, clean waters of Wakasa Bay

Wakasa Bay is home to some of the best beaches in Japan. Most famous is Wakasa Wada Beach in Takahama, which is Blue Flag certified. That isn't to say that it's the only beach worth checking out. Suishohama Beach in Mihama is also particularly well-known for its clear waters—so much so that the beach was named after them.

Explore the history of Obama

The center of the Wakasa area, the city was once an important trading spot both within Japan and with Korea and China. Exploring Obama, you'll find certain spots remaining as symbols of the city's prosperous past as a center of trade. Sancho-machi is one such spot—walking through the streets lined with traditional architecture, you'll feel like you've traveled back in time.

Toward the southeast of Obama, you'll find additional noteworthy temples as well. Myotsu-ji, built in 1258, is a trove of national treasures that include a main hall and three-tiered pagoda. Nearby is Mantoku-ji, which is known for its gorgeous dry landscape garden.

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