Fukui Prefecture is popular go-to place for history buffs, Buddhist scholars, nature lovers and those in search of culinary adventures. Easily accessible from Osaka and Kyoto, Fukui’s landscapes, extraordinary seafood, world-class dinosaur museum, and sites of Buddhist and historical importance lures many tourists of all ages.
Aside from those, it is also the birthplace of Echizen pottery and home to Eiheiji Temple－headquarters of Zen Buddhism, Maruoka Castle－one of twelve remaining original castles in the country, and spectacular cliffs and coastline at Tojinbo.
How to get there
Reach Fukui via JR express trains from Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and Kanazawa—cities all served by bullet train from Tokyo. Alternatively, you can take a highway bus or drive.
The rail journey from Kanazawa is the quickest at just under an hour, while trains to Fukui from Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto take between one and two hours. All of these options are covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
More leisurely and inexpensive highway buses also operate between these cities and Fukui. Highway buses from Tokyo arrive in around eight hours. One of the most convenient ways to get around Fukui is by rental car.
Address of Fukui Prefecture