Fukui Prefecture is a prefecture positioned at the southwest part of Hokuriku District.
The northeast part of the prefecture is called "Echizen area", and has
Kuzuryu River from eastern mountains flows toward northwesten, and Hino River from southern mountains flows toward northern.
They form Fukui Plain, then flow into the Sea of Japan after confluence.
The southwest part is called "Wakasa area", and faces Wakasa Bay in the
This area has submerged shoreline, so has several coves and small peninsulas.
It is a mountanous area, and the prefectural border runs no more than 15 km from the coast.
In winter, the areas along the sea has relatively light snowfall and
sometimes has rain.
But the midland of Echizen area has heavy snowfall.
In Fukui Prefecture, many historic spots are dotted.
And the coastline of the prefecture is full of variety, and there are several popular spots.
Fukui Prefecture has no airport and no Shinkansen.
But it is not far from Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya, so we can visit this prefecture within a relatively short time.
Fukui Sightseeing Information : Fukui Prefectural Tourism Federation official website
|Average value 1981-2010||JAN||FEB||MAR||APR||MAY||JUN||JUL||AUG||SEP||OCT||NOV||DEC|
|Highest Temperature (deg C)||6.5||7.4||11.5||18.1||22.7||26.0||29.7||31.8||27.3||21.6||15.7||9.9|
|Lowest Temperature (deg C)||0.3||0.1||2.5||7.8||13.1||17.9||22.2||23.4||19.1||12.5||6.9||2.6|
|Mean monthly rainfall (mm)||285||170||157||127||146||167||233||128||202||145||205||273|
Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins /2/
Eiheiji temple /3/
Maruoka Castle /4/
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum /5/
Echizen-Oono city /6/
Awara hot spring resort /7/
Toujinbou cliffs /8/
Tsuruga city /9/
Mikata-goko lakes /10/
Obama city /11/
In March 12th, famous festival Omizu-tori is held at
Nigatsudo in Todaiji temple in Nara.
Prior to the festival, this Omizu-okuri is held in Obama city.
Shinto rituals are held in Shimonegori Shrine in the morning, then the Buddhist ceremony named Shunie is held in Jinguuji temple in the afternoon.
And Omizu-okuri ceremony are started at six.
Many priests with torches parade to Unose which is a riverside about 2 km away from Jinguuji.
The chief preist pours sacred water into the river.
It is said that the water reaches a well in Todaiji in Nara after 10 days, and the water in the well are used in Omizu-tori.
It is the annual festival of Mikuni Shrine in Mikuni town
in Sakai city.
Six decorated floats are pulled throughout the town, and the town is filled with more than 100 thousand tourists.
The symbol of this festival is the huge dolls on the floats.
They are the dolls of historic warlords, heroes or Kabuki actors, and are created newly every festival.
The people in Mikuni town have a fervor for creation of the big and dignified dolls.
It is the local name of "snow crab", and "Echizen crab" is
the large-size male snow crab caught around Echizen area. (Echizen is
the old name of Fukui Prefecture.)
The crabs live in the cold sea at the depth of a few hundred meters, and they are caught only in winter.
It is very tasty. We can eat raw, boiled or grilled crabs.
But the price is high.
It is the rice bran pickles of salted mackerel, and is one
of local foods in Wakasa area.
It is made by pressing the gutted and salted mackerels for a week and pickling the mackerel in seasoned rice bran for one or two years. Heshiko is one of preserved foods in this area.
We can eat with only slicing or after roasting.
Soba is one of the popular Japanese noodles, and the
noodle is made from buckwheat.
"Oroshi" is grated daikon (Japanese radish), so oroshi-soba is the soba noodle topped with much oroshi.
Generally, the noodle and soup are cold.
This dish was invented by Tomimasa Honda, the lord in this area, in 1601.
He encouraged the people in this area to grow soba as a survival food. And he was adviced to eat daikon for health by his medical adviser. So this dish had been created with using both foods.
In 1947, when Emperor Showa visited in this area, he ate oroshi-soba in a restaurant and had a refill of it surprisingly.
Since that, "Oroshi-soba in Echizen" has been famous.
It is a doll made of bamboo.
Baskets, vases and the other livingwares has been made of bamboo in Fukui Prefecture since a long time ago.
In the 1950s, a few artists created the doll using bamboo. The doll won some prizes, then it became one of the famous artifact of Fukui Prefecture.
Now the worlshop and the museum are in "Echizen Take-ningyo no sato" (Echizen Bamboo Doll Village) near Fukui city.
Agate work has been created since the 8th century at Obama
city in Wakasa area.
In the late 19th century, the technique to carve agate had developed, then excellent works had been created.
Once raw stone of agare had yielded around Obama, but today it is mostly imported.
The works are carved ornaments or incense burners.