Saya stone quarry site
Fukui City is an alluvial plain that has developed in the Fukui Plain, an alluvial fan created by three major rivers: Kuzuryu River, Asuwa River and Hino River. It had already been a plain that could be used for farming by the Yayoi period, and can be said that rice farming started to become popular in this area during this era. About 1500 years ago, the marshy land was converted into a fertile ground by Emperor Keitai’s erosion and flood control project. The emperor had a deep connection with this area. During the Nara period, this vast plain attracted many people’s attention as the breadbasket of this area, and was the reason why Todaiji-Soen, Chimori-no-Sho and Kouki-no-Sho, land controlled by the emperor, were created. Later on, this area became an important location for the Hokuriku Expressway because of its geographical conditions and cultural developments.