Fukui Prefecture (福井県), an hour away from Kyoto via train, is probably one of the most underrated prefectures among tourists in Japan. However, there is much to see in this prefecture that most people are not aware of. Let’s now see three of the most interesting places to visit in Fukui Prefecture!
As a prefecture located along the coast of the Sea of Japan, it has a wonderful scenery of the sea along with some splendid rock formations. One of the most popular spots for that would be the Tojinbo Cliffs. The marvelous rock formation of the cliff somehow resembles a dragon’s mouth. You will never get tired of the view of this place for it offers a different mood depending on where you are viewing it.
However, because of the strong waves and the rocks surrounding the cliffs, there have been suicide cases in the area, which is why it has been greatly guarded recently by the local government. Despite that, it is still considered as one of the most popular sites to visit among locals for a date.
Another interesting place to visit in Fukui would be Mt. Kanmuri. Mt. Kanmuri, which sits on the border of Fukui and Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県), has been chosen as one of the 100 nature spots to be preserved in the 21st century. That being said, the beauty of the place is being taken really good care of by the local government.
Upon going to this mountain, you will see Ryusogataki Falls (龍双ヶ滝), a 60-meter-high waterfall that is officially named as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful waterfalls. Along with that, you will also get to see the Kazura rope bridge (かずら橋). It is said that whoever crosses this bridge will be blessed with good luck. Upon crossing this bridge, you will see rice terraces and you can also try making your very own buckwheat or soba noodles. Probably, the notion of good luck comes from the buckwheat noodles, for it has been an old tradition in Japan every New Year to eat buckwheat noodles for good luck.
However, above all, the pride of Fukui would probably be its Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Fukui has been well known for its dinosaur fossil research and the museum actually houses invertebrate fossils, minerals, rocks, and life-size dinosaur figures!
In fact, the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is labeled as one of the world’s three great dinosaur museums. The other two museums are the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Canada and the Zigong Dinosaur Museum in China.
The best part is the entrance to the museum is just 720 yen for adults, 410 yen for high school and college students, and 260 yen for elementary students. The museum is also very accessible for it is located in Katsuyama (勝山). You can easily access the place through the Echizen Railway (越前鉄道) from Fukui City.
These are just some of the places you can see in Fukui. If you plan to stay for two to three days, these destinations will surely be more than enough to fill your itinerary. However, you may also refer to the Fukui Tourism Guide Website if you opt to see other amazing places within the area.