Fukui 福井

Tojinbo cliffs in Fukui Prefecture

Fukui Prefecture is located on the coast of the Sea of Japan in the Chubu Region. The prefectural capital is Fukui City with a population of about 267,000 people. Fukui prefecture is one of the least populated prefectures of Japan with over 28% of the population being over 65 years old.

Things to see in Fukui

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Fukui.

  1. Eiheiji Temple

    Eiheiji Zen Buddhist Temple in Fukui Prefecture

    Eiheiji Temple was founded in 1244 and is located in the mountains just outside of Fukui City. The temple is one of two head temples of the Soto Sect of Buddhism that was introduced in 1228 from China. The temple grounds is home to over 70 buildings connected by covered walkways protected from the heavy snowfall during the winter months.

    wooden walkway at Eiheiji Temple

    How to get there

    Either by buses that runs hourly between Fukui Station and Eiheiji, with a one way ride taking about 30 minutes. Or by riding the Echizen Railway from Fukui Station for 25 minutes, getting off at Eiheiji-guchi Station and transfer to a 10 minute bus to Eiheiji.

  2. Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

    dinosaur display at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

    The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is the largest of its kind in Japan and even internationally recognized as one of the top dinosaur museums in the world. The museum is located in Katsuyama City, the center of Japan's dinosaur research and home to the country's largest dinosaur excavation site. The museum was opened in 2000 and receives about 700,000 visitors annually. With an total area of around 30,000 square meters the museum exhibits many whole-body dinosaur skeletons and huge dioramas. It also offers hands-on experience of outdoor fossil excavation in spring and fall.

    dinosaur fossil exhibits at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

    How to get there

    From Fukui Station ride the Echizen Railway for about one hour to Katsuyama Station. From there take a bus heading for Nagaoyama and get off at the Kyoryu Hakubutsukan-mae bus station. The bus ride takes about 20 minutes.