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Eiheiji Temple
Eiheiji / Okuetsu History/Culture

Eiheiji Temple

Eiheiji Temple is a priesthood meditation complex founded by Dōgen Zenji in 1244.
Located beside a babbling brook in a secluded alpine valley on the side of Mt. Daibutsuji (lit. Mt. Great Buddha Temple), the complex consists of over 70 buildings of various sizes clustered around the main hall, bell tower, pagoda, and other essential temple structures.
Over 200 monks-in-training practice Buddhism here night and day. The grounds of the temple complex are about 100,000 tsubo (330,000 square meters) and surrounded by a thick forest of old-growth cedar trees, said to be over 700 years old. This quiet environment is perfectly suited to a sacred place of meditation for those entering the Buddhist priesthood

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Echizen Misaki Suisen Land
Echizen coast Nature/Scenic spots

Echizen Misaki Suisen Land

The Echizen Misaki Suisen Land, or Echizen Cape Daffodil Land, is located on a hill overlooking the Echizen coast. You can enjoy a panoramic view that changes depending on the time and season. In summer, you can see the lights of fishing boats in the distance, and in winter, you can enjoy the lovely daffodils blooming all around you.

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Shimokurodani huge wall
Eiheiji / Okuetsu Nature/Scenic spots

Shimokurodani huge wall

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Shindaij Temple, Echizen Daibutsu
Eiheiji / Okuetsu History/Culture

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 Castle
Center of Fukui city History/Culture

Fukui Castle

The famous Fukui Castle has been around for seventeen generations of the Echizen Matsudaira family. Hideyasu Yuki, the second son of Ieyasu Tokugawa, was the first feudal lord of Fukui and started building the castle in 1601 and finished it six years later. The vast castle, suitable for the powerful 680,000 koku clan that took over the Kaga Maeda clan, was encircled by four moats, protecting a five-storied castle keep that towered 37 meters, equivalent to a modern 12-story building. Today, only the castle stone walls and a portion of the moats are left.

In addition, an old well called the "Fortune Well" was found beneath the castle tower. This well is said to be the origin of the name “Fukui City.”

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Garagarayama Campground
Echizen coast Hot springs/Hotels Nature/Scenic spots Accommodation Experience/leisure

Garagarayama Campground

The Garagarayama (Rattle Mountain) Campground is a mountainside camping area where you can enjoy outdoor recreation and sports. With a magnificent view overlooking the Sea of Japan, you will be able to enjoy various kinds of recreation at this resort facility, known for its unconventional name. There are log cabins with private hot spring baths, a dog run, and other amenities. How about spending some relaxation time in nature?

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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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Shibata Shrine
Center of Fukui city History/Culture

Shibata Shrine

A shrine dedicated to warlord Katsuie Shibata and his wife Oichi.
The blessings you receive from this shrine are bonds between husband and wife, siblings, family and other people in your life such as lovers.

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Echizen Matsushima
Tojinbo / Awara Onsen Nature/Scenic spots

Echizen Matsushima

Echizen Matsushima, a small island floating on the clear sea, is carved with vertical, horizontal and diagonal crystalline rocks. This naturally sculpted work of art is truly breathtaking. There is also an aquarium on the island. Once you get there it will feel as if you have stepped into a different world. Echizen Matsushima is a highly recommended spot to visit.

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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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