Top Choice Ruins in Fukui

Ichijōdani Asakura Clan Ruins

Designated a national historic site, this unexpected find features one of the largest town ruins in Japan. Perched in a narrow valley between modest mountains, it's easy to see why the Asakura clan would have built …
Buddhist Temple in Fukui

Daihonzan Eihei-ji

In 1244 the great Zen master Dōgen (1200–53), founder of the Sōtō sect of Zen Buddhism, established Eihei-ji, the 'Temple of Eternal Peace', in a forest outside Fukui. Today it's one of Sōtō's two head temples, a pa…
Museum in Fukui

Fukui Dinosaur Museum

Kids love the larger-than-life replicas and fossilised relics of the Jurassic Park–styled Fukui Dinosaur Museum, one of the three largest museums of its kind in the world. There are plenty of English explanations an…
Gardens in Fukui

Yokokan Garden

This quaint garden, formerly a mansion of the Matsudaira clan, has a pretty teahouse where you can sit in silence and contemplate life, or feed the voraciously hungry koi (carp).
Landmark in Fukui


Legend says that these rock formations 25km northwest of Fukui came about when Tōjinbō, an evil priest, was cast off the cliff by angry villagers in 1182; the sea surged for 49 days thereafter, a demonstration of th…