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Ichijōdani Asakura Family Historic Ruins
Ichijodani / Togo History/Culture

Ichijōdani Asakura Family Historic Ruins

Ichijōdani Asakura Family Historic Ruin is the ruins of a castle town of the Asakura clan, who ruled Echizen for five generations (1471-1574). At that time, the castle town was in no way inferior to Kyoto. The town has been restored, and now the mansions, temples and roads are just like they used to be. The ruins are still being excavated, and artifacts, such as tea sets, stationery and other objects of value to research have been discovered. This is a rich archaeological site that has been designated as a site of special historic significance and scenic beauty as well as an important cultural property. There are only a few such archaeological sites in Japan.

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Asuwayama Park
Center of Fukui city Nature/Scenic spots History/Culture Experience/leisure

Asuwayama Park

Asuwayama Park contains historical artifacts and burial mounds related to Emperor Keitai, who is said to be from Fukui. There is a natural history museum on the grounds as well as a literary memorial museum dedicated to the poet Tachibana Akemi, who was active at the end of the Edo Period.
It is an ideal place for citizens to relax while discussing the history of Fukui City.
In spring, about 3,500 cherry trees can be seen in full bloom, including the 350-year-old weeping cherry tree at Asuwa Shrine.

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Shindaij Temple, Echizen Daibutsu
Eiheiji / Okuetsu History/Culture Experience/leisure

Shindaij Temple, Echizen Daibutsu

With a height of 17 meters, surpassing even that of the Great Buddha of Nara, the Echizen Daibutsu is the largest indoor statue of the Great Buddha in Japan. There is also a beautiful Japanese garden where you can enjoy white plum blossoms, red plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, azaleas, autumn leaves and maple trees. You can enjoy all four seasons at this garden.

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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Eiheiji / Okuetsu History/Culture Experience/leisure

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Katsuyama City accounts for 80% of dinosaur fossils discovered in Japan, and the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is one of the world's leading dinosaur museums.
There are fossils, dioramas, very realistic reconstructions of dinosaurs and forty full dinosaur skeletons on exhibition in this spacious museum.

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Takefu Knife Village
Sabae / Nan-etsu History/Culture Experience/leisure

Takefu Knife Village

The Takefu Knife Village is an internationally-recognized production area of forged knives. Its knives have been selected to form a permanent collection in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The 700-year-old traditional technique originated in 1337, when a master of Kyoto during the period of Northern and Southern Dynasties, came to the Echizen region and made not only fighting swords but also sickles for farmers.

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Maruoka Castle
Tojinbo / Awara Onsen History/Culture

Maruoka Castle

Maruoka Castle, which was built in 1576 during the Sengoku period, is said to have the oldest architectural style among the twelve existing castle donjons in Japan.
In the beginning of April, cherry trees surrounding the castle are in full bloom, and are a truly magnificent sight.

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Echizen Soba no Sato
Sabae / Nan-etsu History/Culture Gourmet/Souvenir Experience/leisure

Echizen Soba no Sato

The traditional taste of 90 years in business. You can experience making your own soba at the Experience Dream Factory and enjoy the taste of freshly made soba right on the spot. You can also just simply take a tour of the factory.

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Osagoe Minka Garden
Suburbs of Fukui City History/Culture

Osagoe Minka Garden

“Minka,” or traditional folk houses, built during the Edo period were relocated from all over Fukui prefecture and restored in the Osagoe Minka Garden. This “minka garden” truly recreates the look and lifestyle of the Edo period.

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Tachibana Akemi Literature Memorial Museum
Center of Fukui city History/Culture

Tachibana Akemi Literature Memorial Museum

Tachibana Akemi was a poet during the closing days of the Edo Period. He was discovered by Shiki Masaoka during the Meiji Period and became widely popular thereafter.
The Tachibana Akemi Memorial Literature Museum is built on the ruins of Akemi's former house, called “Koganaya,” or Golden Hut.
At the age of 21, Akemi retired and lived a secluded life on top of Mt. Atago (currently Mt. Asuwa), where he continued to write poems about life, society and nature while living in poverty, but without the restraints of civilization.
In one exhibit area, you can see a part of the restored straw house in which he lived; in another, you can see some of the letters and literary works he wrote during his life as well as learn about the famous people of the late Edo period. This is the place to visit to know more about Akemi’s world.

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Yokokan Garden
Center of Fukui city Nature/Scenic spots History/Culture Nighttime

Yokokan Garden

The Yokokan Garden was formerly the villa of the Matsudaira clan, one of the lords of the Fukui Domain. It was used as a guesthouse during the Meiji era, but was destroyed during a war. However, as part of the Gosensui Plan, the garden was designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty during the Edo Period and has since been restored. It is a tasteful garden with ponds, trees, rock arrangements, and out-buildings in the Sukiya architectural style. You can enjoy all four seasons here.
This garden has been recognized both domestically and internationally and was ranked third among Japanese gardens in an American garden magazine for three consecutive years until 2010.

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