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Maruoka Castle Ruins | Maruoka Town
This castle looking out over the city is commonly reffered to as Kasumigajo, and the main castle tower still remains with the appearance of 400 years ago. Several hundred cherry trees are planted on the castle grounds and surround the castle with thick blossoms in spring.

■Rozan Park | Murakuni Town
Rozan Park was opened on the northwest foot of Mt.Murakuni in 1922. Approximately 2,000 cherry trees grow in this park and it is known to be one of the major spots to view cherry blossoms in Fukui Prefecture. The park is crowded with many people coming to appreciate the beauty in spring.

Prefectural Guide


Foundend by Dogen Zenshi more than 750 years ago in 1244, Eiheiji is a temple school of Zen monks renounced from the outside world.
It is located on Daibutsuderayama, about 16 km southeast from Fukui City, and has more than 70 halls and buildings with Shichidogaran (seven temple buildings) situated in the deep and quiet nature.

The precinct has an area of 330,000 square meters, and is a spiritual and sacred quarter fit for renounced monks to train, with cedar trees more than 680 years old.


The highlight of Tojinbo is undoubtedly the rock surface roughly shaved into various forms by wave erosion.
The jagged rock surface goes on for nearly 1 km and the sight of violent waves of Japan Sea crashing into the precipice is utterly dynamic.

This is the only place in Japan where you can see a Columnar joint of pyroxene andesite this big, and is a significant place geographically, also registered as a national natural monument.

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
(Kyoryu Hakubutsukan)

One of the world’s prominent dinosaur museum opened in Katsuyama City which is also known as “dinosaur kingdom”.
It is the center of international studies and information of dinosaurs, as well as a museum with 38 full dinosaur skeletons and moving diorama which welcomes you with an air of ancient ages.
The museum prepares a variety of workshops in which you can participate in, and is a place where children and adults can all enjoy.


Mikatagoko is a series of five lakes extending across the towns of Mikata and Mihama.

The five lakes Kugushiko, Suigetsuko, Sugako, Mikatako and Hirugako all have different water types (sea water, fresh water and a mixture of both) and depth, and are also know by the name of “Lakes of Five Colors,” for the lakes show diverse color transformation as the seasons change.

Uramigawasuiro, the waterway connecting Kugushiko and Suigetsuko is especially known to have a great view.
It is a 300-year-old manmade waterway made by Namekata Kyubei after 2 years of construction, where steep precipices stand on both sides of you and fills the air with grand wilderness.
The entire area of Mikatako is the highlight of Wakasawan National Park.

Awara Hot Springs (Awara-Onsen)

Awara-Onsen is situated in Sakai Plains where rice paddies spread out. It is close to both the mountains and the sea, and is a great spot to enjoy natures of both kinds.
It is also a place where you can experience the “elegant taste of hot springs” with gorgeous rooms, gardens and outdoor hot springs.

Here you can have a course of truly delicious food, such as seafood brought straight from Japan Sea, or good rice harvested in Sakai Plains.

Above all the food you can get here, the best is Echizen Crab, known as the king of winter taste.
It is delicious when boiled, but baked crab and sashimi (raw) is also worth trying.

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