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Eiheiji Area – Six Recommended Gourmet Restaurants and Sightseeing Spots

Update date and time: 2022/10/01(Sat)

Eiheiji city is home to the Kuzuryu River, the largest river in Fukui Prefecture, as well as abundant nature and many historical and sightseeing spots. Eiheiji Temple is surrounded by nature, and the fresh air is very healing to the body and soul. It is a Soto sect temple that attracts both Japanese and tourists living overseas, and is visited by 500,000 people a year. We will introduce six popular tourist destinations around Eiheiji. 

 

◆Table of Contents

      1. Jakkoen

      2. Eiheiji Temple Daruma-Pudding

      3. Atelier Kashu

      4. Ishida-ya ESHIKOTO store & Apero & Patisserie acoya

      5. Kenzo Soba

      6. La Poste

 

1. Jakkoen

Although many people visit Eiheiji Temple, only a few come to Jakkoen, a garden located upstream along the Eiheiji River.

 

寂光苑:石碑

 

Jakkoen, located outside the Eiheiji Temple gate, was relocated from its current location which is near the main gate in 1930 to commemorate the 650th anniversary of the death of Zen master Koun Ejyo, the second head priest of Eiheiji.

In 2000, the garden was renovated to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Zen master Dogen’s birth.

 

If you walk along the river from the Karamon gate and cross the bridge, you will see an open space surrounded by nature. Take a deep breath and breathe in the fresh air in this silent and solemn place.

 

寂光苑:稚髪像

 

The first thing you will see is the Chihatsu statue of Zen master Dogen, the founder of Eiheiji Temple.

The majestic statue depicts Dogen as a young boy when he made the decision to become a priest.

寂光苑:開山道元禅師御霊塔が納められた御廟

 

At the very back of Jakkoen is where the Zen master Dogen is enshrined. It is truly a sobering sight.

There is also a graveyard for the founder of the temple, Hatano Yoshishige, as well as a memorial stone for each of the successive priests.

 

 

寂光苑:寂照の鐘

 

There is a bell tower called “Jakusho no kane” (bell of Jakusho), and anyone can strike this bell.

 

寂光苑:寂照の鐘

 

Each person can strike the bell twice. Don’t forget to make a wish!

 

寂光苑:玲瓏の滝

 

You will feel at peace after spending time in this place of tranquility where you can hear the murmuring of the river and the chirping of birds.

Walking along the riverside, admiring the beautiful moss-covered stones around the Reirin Waterfall is a truly wonderful experience. 

 

You should visit this place at least once if you decide to visit Eiheiji Temple.

Jakkoen

Address: 5-15 Shibi, Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida-gun, Fukui Prefecture (3-minute walk along Eiheiji Karamon Gate)

Parking lot: None (please park your car at a nearby coin-operated parking space)

 

 

 

2. Eiheiji Daruma-Pudding

The yellow “Darupuri Danshaku” standing in front of the store is a landmark! Eiheiji Daruma-Pudding, which is said to bring the best of luck, makes a great souvenir.

 

永平寺だるまぷりん:店頭

 

The pudding is so delicious that even monks who have completed their rigorous ascetic training are tempted to try it.

The pudding, shaped like a Daruma doll, is closely associated with Zen, and is the perfect sweets for the “Zen Town” of Eiheiji.

 

永平寺だるまぷりん:調理風景

 

Each pudding is handmade at the shop, using only locally sourced ingredients. These healthy puddings are made with milk, eggs, and plenty of seasonal fruits.

 

永平寺だるまぷりん:ディスプレイ

 

There are seasonal puddings using local fruits. The puddings are topped with the tastiest fruits of the season. Be sure to check out the slightly different expressions on the Daruma doll to match the flavors! 

 

There are a variety of puddings to choose from, but the most popular is the “Plain” pudding with a surprisingly smooth and soft texture!

The secret to its melt-in-your-mouth texture is the generous amount of fresh cream. The fresh vanilla extract is the secret to the nice small. 

For those who prefer a firmer texture, you can choose the firm pudding. 

 

永平寺だるまぷりん:ディスプレイ

 

This melt-in-your-mouth pudding is not only tasty, but also has a cute design that makes it a great souvenir.

You will never be able to forget the experience of the smooth and rich custard melting in your mouth. 

 

Eiheiji Daruma Pudding

Address: 28-2 Shibi, Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida-gun, Fukui Prefecture

Phone number: 0776-63-3333

Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 (16:30 from November to March)

                            *Closes as soon as puddings are sold out.

Holidays: Irregular holidays

Official URL: https://daruma-pudding.com/

Parking lot: Available

 

 

 

3. Atelier Kashu

Take a break and relax while enjoying the flavor of authentic sweets made by the legendary pastry chef Shuzo Okugawara!

 

アトリエ菓修:外観

 

When in his 20s, Mr. Okugawara went to France by himself to train at famous hotels in Bern and Paris, and upon returning to Japan, he opened his own pastry shop, “PUITS D’AMOUR ” in Fukui City.

 

“PUITS D’AMOUR ” was a popular pastry shop in Fukui that was loved by everyone, but when he reached retirement age, he moved to Eiheiji where his parents lived.

However, in response to the passionate requests from fans who craved Okugawara’s pastries, he opened Atelier Kashu next to his wife’s soba noodle restaurant called “Ikkyu.”

 

アトリエ菓修:ケーキセット

 

Many fans come from outside the prefecture to have a taste of his pastry.

The flavor of the buttery pie crust is exceptional!

You can enjoy some of the popular pastries and drinks on the second floor of “Ikkyu.”

 

アトリエ菓修:伝説のパティシエ奥河原修造さん

 

The apple pie made from Jonathan apples is excellent. The apples are purchased from a specific farmer between fall to spring.

It is said to sell out in no time, no matter how many times it is baked.

 

アトリエ菓修:ディスプレイ

 

From spring through fall you can enjoy cream pies made from the same dough as the apple pie! These are also very popular.

You can also have cheesecake and rolls and ten different kinds of gelato.

 

It is a perfect spot to stop by to have a nice tea break after visiting Eiheiji Temple.

A first-class pastry made by an experienced first-class patissier is a must try! Make sure to visit the shop as early as possible before the pastries are sold out!

 

Atelier Kashu

Address: 28-9-2 Shibi, Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida-gun, Fukui Prefecture

Phone number: 0776-63-3433

Business hours: 10:00-18:00

Holidays: Thursdays

Parking lot: Available

 

 

 

4. Ishidaya ESHIKOTO Store & Apero & Patisserie acoya

Ishidaya Nizaemon Co., Ltd. famous for Kuroryu, Fukui’s representative sake, has opened ESHIKOTO, a  where visitors can enjoy sake and food originated in Fukui using all five senses.

The name of the facility, “ESHIKOTO,” is an inverse reading of the word “tokoshie (eternity) and adding “koto” to the ancient word “eshi” meaning good.

 

The ESHIKOTO project started 30 years ago when Mizuno, the 8th president of the company, visited the famous wine region of Burgundy and thought, “Someday, I would like to build a facility like this in Fukui,” and so the arched underground warehouse opened in June 2022.

In this article, we will introduce Ishidaya ESHIKOTO Store and Apero & Patisserie acoya in the Shuraku building.

 

酒蔵観光施設「ESHIKOTO」:外観

 

ESHIKOTO” is a relaxing environment with a scenic view. You can learn not only about the fascinating sake, but also the “goods” of Fukui.

 

When you park your car in the parking lot and proceed inside, the first thing you will see is this breathtaking view.

 

酒蔵観光施設「ESHIKOTO」:風景

 

The terrace overlooks the Kuzuryu River with its clear water and vivid green plants.

Surrounded by nature, you can view the beauty of the four seasons in their entirety.

You would not want to take your eyes off the mind-blowing view.

 

酒蔵観光施設「ESHIKOTO」:テラス

 

Visitors lose track of time as they admire the view from the terrace. The benches and tables prepared on the terrace are made of  Shakudani stone.

 

Limited-edition sake can only be purchased at the Ishidaya ESHIKOTO flagship store of the Kuroryu Sake Brewery, located in the Shuraku building. You can also drink samples here.

 

石田屋ESIKOTO店:ディスプレイ

 

Fans from within and outside of the prefecture come here to purchase premium sake such as “Sparkling Sake AWA 2019 Extra Sweet,” a sparkling sake that is has been aged in the bottle for more than 15 months and is a very rare item. You can also purchase limited edition “Kuroryu Daiginjo” and “Kuroryu Shizuku.”

About 15 other types of sake are sold all-year-round, including ume (plum) sake, nama-shu, and the limited-edition “Set of three Small-sized Sake Bottles Towa.”

 

 

A sommelier is always on hand to suggest tasty drinks and ways to enjoy them.

Let them know your preference and ask them to select the perfect sake for you.

The sake will taste even better after you have learned how it is made and how to enjoy the flavor.

 

 

Apero & Patisserie acoya expresses the theme of Zen, food, and sake that you can appreciate from sunrise to sunset.

 

Apero&Patisserie acoya:店内

Apero&Patisserie acoya:店内

 

A rich and luxurious space is furnished with a large table made of a large cedar board from Fukui Prefecture, wallpaper made of Echizen washi paper, and other carefully selected interior features.

 

Apero&Patisserie acoya:店内

 

You can enjoy dishes using ingredients from Fukui that are filled with love. The tablewares are also Fukui traditional crafts.

You can not only enjoy the lunches and parfaits, but also breakfast.

 

Apero&Patisserie acoya:ランチ

 

The main dish for this lunch set was grilled Kuroryu Ginjo pork. The pigs are raised being fed Kuroryu Ginjo sake lees.

The meat is juicy with a deep flavor.

The salad was accented with vivid flowers.

The campagne baked from the seeds made from Kuroryu sake lees has a unique aroma.

Please enjoy the food with some sake.

Acoya is also committed to the SDGs, so you can participate in the SDGs just by eating at Acoya.

*Menus change regularly.

 

Apero&Patisserie acoya:パフェ

 

The jewel-like beauty of the parfait is delicately crafted, allowing you to taste a harmony of flavors in one dish.

Grown in Fukui, the seasonal fruits and herbs are the main ingredients, so each bite is fresh and varied to the last bite.

The parfait also goes very well with herb tea.

 

Apero&Patisserie acoya:風景

 

ESHIKOTO, a place where you can appreciate the beauty of nature and the cultures of Fukui, will continue to evolve, with plans for a distillery, brewing lab, and an auberge in the future.

It is a world-class spot for adults to stop by when visiting Fukui.

*Please note that  those under 20 years of age are not allowed to enter the facility as alcoholic beverages are handled.

 

Ishidaya ESHIKOTO Store

Address: 12-17 Shimojohoji, Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida-gun, Fukui Prefecture

Phone number: 0776-63-1030

Operating hours: 10:00-17:00

Holidays: Wednesdays

Official website: https://eshikoto.com/ishidaya/

Parking lot: Available

*Those under 20 years of age are not allowed to enter.

 

Apero & Patisserie acoya

Address:12-17 Shimojyoji, Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida-gun, Fukui Prefecture

Phone number: 0776-97-9396

Operating hours: 8:00-11:00 (10:00 L.O.), 12:00-15:00 (14:00 L.O.), 15:00-18:00 (17:00 L.O.)

Holidays: Wednesdays and 1st and 3rd Tuesdays

Official website: https://acoya-fukui.com/

Parking lot: Available

*Those under 20 years of age are not allowed to enter.

 

 

 

5. Kenzo Soba

If you are craving buckwheat noodles, Kenzo Soba in Eiheiji is the place to go!

 

けんぞうそば:外観

 

Cars with license plates from all over Japan are parked in the parking lot.

Inside the restaurant, autographs of celebrities and TV programs that they have been interviewed on are on display, showing the popularity of this restaurant.

 

けんぞうそば:店内

 

The old private house that has been remodeled has a relaxing tatami area that will make you feel nostalgic.

You can enjoy a nice meal in a homey atmosphere.

 

けんぞうそば:十割そば

 

Shiny and fresh handmade juwari soba noodles using buckwheat flour made in Fukui Prefecture and Hokkaido.

 

There are two types of soba on the menu: “Oroshi-soba,” which is served with grated daikon radish in broth, and “Kenzo-soba,” which is served with spicy daikon squeezed into special broth. We recommend you try the “Gogo-soba” and “Jugo-soba,” which allow you to try both of these flavors.

You can order more soba per cup, so if you want to eat a lot or if you are going as a large group, this is a very good deal. (Five cups of soba is enough for two to three people)

けんぞうそば:十割そば

 

The spicy dashi broth is made from mixing the juice from the spicy daikon radish with dashi soy sauce to make it as spicy as you like. Then, you pour it over the dashi broth, top it with plenty of yakumi (condiments) and you’re all set! Enjoy!

The soba noodles are firm yet smooth and refreshing, and the rich flavor of the buckwheat noodles is fantastic!

The flavor of daikon radish and the piquant spiciness is irresistible. This is the true taste of Echizen soba.

The combination of dashi broth, daikon radish, and soba noodles is simple, but has a deep flavor and aroma.

You cannot talk about the soba in Fukui without trying this soba.

There is always a long line of people waiting, so please make a reservation in advance or come with plenty of time to spare.

 

Kenzo Soba

Address: 3-26, Matsuoka Kasuga, Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida-gun, Fukui Prefecture

Phone number: 0776-61-1481

Business hours: Tuesday-Friday: 11:00-14:00

             Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 11:00-16:00

                         *Closes when out of stock.

Holidays: Irregular holidays

Official Website: https://daruma-pudding.com/

Parking lot: Available

 

 

 

6. La poste

 The building, which used to be a post office, was renovated and turned into  La poste. 

You can enjoy casual French cuisine using ingredients such as freshly picked vegetables from the Eiheiji area and also vegetables from the owner’s mother who is a farmer in Noto.

 

La poste:外観

 

 The nostalgic appearance of this building in this location gives it a Showa-era feel.

 

La poste:サラダバー

 

The salad bar with pesticide-free vegetables grown by the owner’s mother, aka Grandma Tomie, who is involved in farming in Noto, is very popular.

The salad bar, available only during lunch time, offers a wide variety of side dishes such as Nicoise Salad and eggplants fried in beer batter.

 

La poste:ランチ メイン料理

 

We recommend you try the B Lunch, where you can enjoy two different main courses, each with a different cooking method and ingredients.

At the time of my visit, the main courses were beef filet and tender pork roast.

 

The juices from the tender meat were irresistible. There were also plenty of vegetables on the side.

Both the meat and vegetables were seasoned gently, bringing out the flavors of the ingredients. 

There are two types of homemade bread baked every day which goes very well with the food.

 

La poste:デザートプレート

 

This plate of dessert is served first, but the chef delivers the freshly baked madeleines to the table to complete the meal.

It was nice to be able to have a warm conversation with the chef about your impressions of the food and vegetables.

La poste:店内

 

The retro-modern interior is reminiscent of a bistro in Provence located in the south of France.

The pillars and window frames are the same as when this building was still a post office. The director’s office is used as a private room.

The mail box at the entrance is still in use.

 

La poste:店内

 

You can get your daily dose of vegetables and relax with like-minded friends.

In the evening, they offer course meals and a la carte dishes using seasonal ingredients from all over Japan.

As this is a very popular restaurant, I recommend making a reservation as soon as possible.

 

La poste

Address: 9-35-2 Higashi Koichi, Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida-gun, Fukui Prefecture

Phone number: 0776-63-1165

Business hours: Lunch 11:00-13:30

           Dinner 17:30-21:00 (last order)

Holidays: Mondays and Tuesdays

Official Website: http://laposte.chu.jp/

Parking lot: Available

 

 

 

◆Summary

Did you find a spot that interests you?

Please refer to the information for your family trip or girls trip.

If you get the chance to visit Eiheiji, please visit the spots introduced in this article and make the best of your trip!