Fukui Travel Guide

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Fukui Things to Do

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    by Rabbityama Written Nov 29, 2013

    Fukui city has various sites connected with the story of the Azai sisters. Saikoji Temple and Jisho-in Temple are both associated with the family and located near one another.

    Saikoji Temple is where the grave of Oichi and Shibata Katsuie are located. Oichi is the mother of the Azai sisters and Katsuie is her second husband, whom she committed suicide with.

    Jishoin Temple has a monument for the husband and wife. Both Saikoji and Jishoin are family temples of Shibata Katsuie and Oichi.

    The Tenmagaike lake area is also connected. When Toyotomi Hideyoshi (known as Hashiba Hideyoshi) attacked Kinosho Castle, it is said that he kept his troops here at the pond. Unfortunately, the lake was one site I didn't get to visit.

    All of these sites are free, so it's a nice walk for those with an interest in the sisters and local history.

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    by Rabbityama Written Jul 8, 2013

    The Bhutan Museum was founded from a special relationship that Fukui Prefecture has with the Kingdom of Bhutan. It's the first museum dedicated solely to Bhutan outside of Bhutan itself. It's a small, two-floor museum. The first floor features a variety of pictures taken from around the country with descriptions about them. There are also pamphlets about various topics related to Bhutan, such as the Bhutanese language. In addition, they have DVDs that visitors can watch, including an interesting one in English. If you are interested in learning about Bhutan, it's worthwhile to take the time to watch. They have an interesting display case which includes the commemorative currency from the Bhutanese royal wedding which I found interesting.

    In the next room are the artifacts and items from Bhutan. They feature many religious objects, textiles, examples of men's and women's clothing, and other objects. All of the items are either from the museum founder or donated by those who traveled to Bhutan from the Fukui-Bhutan exchanges. If the founder is there, you can learn a lot by allowing him to guide you and talk about the objects.

    The second floor features special exhibits.

    The museum is completely free, but it is nice if you can donate to keep it operating.

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    by Rabbityama Updated Jun 19, 2013

    The Fukui City History Museum is a museum filled with historical artifacts and information about the city's history. It is organized chronologically, so the first exhibits are about the area during ancient times. They also have exhibits of some of Japan's early medical journals and old recreations of the human body used by doctors. I found these to be quite interesting. The exhibit then moves on to the Matsudaira family treasures. The Matsudaira were the former lords of the city and surrounding parts of Fukui Prefecture, so you can see samurai armor and other interesting items used and owned by them. It also includes exhibits of Fukui Castle. It ends with more modern exhibits, including interesting videos about the bombings of Fukui in World War II.

    Admittedly I had low expectations for this museum since it was not the Prefectural Museum, but I was quite impressed by how informative and interesting the exhibits are. I spent a lot longer here than I had anticipated. It's very worthwhile. I wish they allowed pictures. Don't forget to view the reconstructed Toneri Gate of Fukui Castle in the back of the museum, as well as the famous Yokokan Garden which is nearby.

    located near the famous Yokokan Garden.

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Fukui Hotels

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    3-23 Owadacho, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, 910-0802, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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    3-10-12 Chuo, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, 910-0006, Japan

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Fukui Academia Hotel

    1-1-22 Sugaya, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, 910-8505, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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    2-1-14 Ote, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, 910-0005, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Econo Fukui Ekimae

    1-1-17 Hinode, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, 910-0859, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Fujita Fukui

    3-12-20 Ote, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, 910-0005, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Ace Inn Fukui

    3-4-20 Chuo, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, 910-0006, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

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    1-16-7 Junka, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, 910-0023, Japan

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Fukui Restaurants

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    by cheychey Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I don't know restaurant name.But there are many 'soba'restaurant and many 'youshoku-ya'.
    'Youshoku-ya' doesn't serve neither Japanese food or Chinese food .but it serves Japanese taste dishes.
    Many restaurants in this area serve very good 'soba' .
    And about 'Sauce Katsudon' , you can eat it only in this area.

    Favorite Dish: every kind of 'soba'.
    Sauce Katsudon in Japanese.(a boul of rice topped with a breaded deep-fried pork cutlet and sauce.)

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Fukui Transportation

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    by Rabbityama Written Mar 28, 2013

    Fukui is served by JR Fukui Station. Although there is no Shinkansen, it can still be reached very quickly from Kyoto and Osaka via the Thunderbird. From Kyoto, you can reach Fukui in 1 hour and 20 minutes. From Osaka, it's just over 2 hours.

    From Kanazawa, it's just 50 minutes away by Thunderbird or 1 hour and 20 minutes by regular train (JR Hokuriku Line).

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