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Fukui City Central Park is located in the center of Fukui City, and is developed as a park at the location of the former West San-no-Maru and West Ni-no-Maru of the Fukui Castle ruins. The park has a visitor center and other facilities, as well as a large open lawn where citizen-organized events are regularly held.See more
A papermaking house used during the Edo period was relocated and restored into what is now called the Udatsu Paper & Craft Museum.You can see how traditional craftsmen make Japanese paper using old-fashioned tools and drying the paper out in the sun.See more
The Megane Museum is a symbol of Sabae, the city of eyeglasses. You can learn the history of the production of glasses, experience making glasses in the museum workshop, or visit a shop that sells original products from approximately 45 companies around Japan. You can even have your glasses custom-made.See more
Out of the many people enshrined at the Fukui-Ken Gokoku Shrine, is one Sanai Hashimoto, a brilliant doctor who lived during the closing years of the Edo Period.
His quotes are written on paper and put inside a “daijyobu” charm that people can carry to protect themselves from illness. The “I’m okay” charm is only available at this temple and is popular with people who say that they desire an unshakeable faith.
On the shrine grounds there is a sturdy pillar called the “Kyuryu Chutei Pillar,” which symbolizes this unshakable faith. And nearby is another, called the “Senobi Stone,” which allows you to compare your height with that of Dr. Hashimoto.
Many people come to pray for success or victory, especially students, who come in large numbers to pray during examination season, between November and March.
The famous Gotaishi Falls in Hokuriku, which fall 20 meters over a cliff, are also called "Narutaki" because of the high-pitched drumming sound it makes. Hydrangeas line the path leading to the waterfall and are in season during the month of June.See more
Dinosaurs run rampant in the plaza at the west exit of JR Fukui Station!
This is a plaza in front of the station with moving monuments of "Fukuiraptor," "Fukuisaurus" and "Fukuititan" that used to live in Fukui Prefecture.
Mt. Monju is a mountain made holy by Taicho Daishi who climbed it thirteen centuries ago in 717 AD. It consists of three ridges: Omonjyu, Shomonju and Okunoin. Mt. Monju is the central peak of the five mountains that make up the Ochi Mountains: Mt. Haku, Mt. Hino, Mt. Ochi, Yoshinogatake and Mt. Monju.
At an altitude of 365 meters on the mountainside, there is a small temple called Omonju that houses a statue of the bodhisattva Manjusri that was built by Taicho himself and is still worshiped as a Buddha to this day.
The mountain can be climbed in all seasons, and you can enjoy a variety of plants and flowers. In the spring there are camellias, dogtooth violets and late-blooming cherry blossoms; in the summer, there are green trees and plants; and in the autumn there are the changing leaves before winter. You can also see Japanese serows, which are a rare species of wild antelope-like mammal. Also, an endangered plant called Amana latifolia Erythronium has been found for the first time on the Sea of Japan side of Japan.
The Kitanosho Jyoshi Park is not only a park containing castle ruins but also a holy place that enshrines the spirits of Shibata Katsuie (a warlord of the Sengoku Period) and his wife, Oichi (the sister of Nobunaga Oda). They are said to have been enshrined where their home, Kitanosho Castle, once stood. The old stone walls of the castle can be seen on the park grounds. In 2010, a statue of the three Azai sisters (Chacha, Hatsu, Gō) was installed.
The statue imagines the sisters spending time in Fukui as young girls (aged fourteen, thirteen and ten.)
Daianji Temple is a Rinzai sect Myoshinji temple, built in 1658 by the fourth feudal lord of Fukui, Mitsumichi. For more than 350 years since its foundation, the building has not been damaged by war or earthquake and remains almost the same as when it was first built.
Hundreds of cultural properties are preserved inside the temple, including the Rakan drawings, an important cultural property designated by the national government. The temple is also open to the public.
Behind the main hall of the temple is a cemetery with the mausoleums of the successive feudal lords of Fukui. The cemetery is called “Senjojiki,” or a Thousand Tatami Mats because it contains 1,360 tatami-sized pieces of “shakudani” stone, a stone found in Fukui that is famous all over Japan. The sight of the line of 4-meter high tombstones is breathtaking.
The temple grounds also contain an iris garden, where a festival is held every June for visitors to enjoy the thousands of budding irises.