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Stay in Machiya Townhouses in Obama

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Soak up the history and choose a tour to learn more about the city’s food, nature, history, and culture

Obama Tourism Bureau



Obama City in Fukui Prefecture is a haven of traditional Japanese culture. Here you will find over 130 temples and many Buddha statues, with histories dating back to the Heian period (794-1185) and Kamakura period (1185-1333). The city also continues to celebrate time-honored festivals and events, some of which you can no longer see even in Kyoto.


Located along the coast of Wakasa Bay north of Kyoto, the seaside city of Obama offers delicious fresh-caught fish all year round. Saba mackerel has been Obama’s main catch from as far back as the Nara period (710-794) when traders would carry fish by foot all the way to Kyoto along a route known as Saba Kaidō (‘the Mackerel Road’).


Stay in one of seven machiya hotels operated by Machizukuri Obama Inc. in the city’s Obama Nishigumi area, an important traditional building preservation district. With the concept of "staying as if you were living in a port town that nurtured Kyoto cuisine," choose from 11 plans that combine lodging in an historic machiya townhouse with experiences of food, nature, history, and culture that can only be enjoyed in Obama.


How to get there


Take the express train from Shin-Osaka Station to Tsuruga Station, which takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then, take the train or bus to Obama Station, which takes about 1 hour. It is about a 15-minute walk from Obama Station.


61 Obamaasama, Obama-chi, Fukui-ken


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