[2024 Edition] A thorough guide to getting to Heisenji Hakusan Shrine

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Katsuyama City in Fukui Prefecture is famous for its dinosaur fossils, and Heisenji Hakusan Shrine, also known as "Moss Palace," is one of the most popular spots in the Katsuyama City. The carpet of green moss that spreads across the grounds has a great relaxing effect. In recent years, the shrine h...

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What is Heisenji Hakusan Shrine?

Heisenji Hakusan Shrine is a shrine located in Heisenji, Heisenji- Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture. The "Hakusan" in Hakusan Shrine is the name of a mountain, which has been an object of worship for people since ancient times. Heisenji Hakusan Shrine is said to have been opened by Taicho in the first year of the Yoro era (717) as a base on the Fukui Prefecture side. There are many things to see here, such as the vibrant moss that spreads across the entire grounds, the approach to the shrine where military commanders are said to have stopped off to pray for victory in battle, and Mitarai Pond, which is still overflowing with spring water. It is not very crowded, so you can wander around at your leisure, so be sure to visit.

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Head to Heisenji Hakusan Shrine!

There are three main ways to access Heisenji Hakusan Shrine.

This time we're comparing travel time and cost from JR Fukui Station.

Please consider the time and cost required.

①One-way trip by car (private car or rental car) (Approximately 55 minutes)

② By train, bus, taxi or on foot (travel time: from about 1 hour 4 minutes)

-(1) Train + Bus [Time required] Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes [Fee] Adult 770 yen + Adult 100 yen

-(2) Train + Taxi [Time required] Approx. 1 hour 3 minutes ~ [Fee] Adults 770 yen + Approx. 2,500 yen ~

-(3) Train + bus + walking [Time required] Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes ~ [Fee] Adult 770 yen + Adult 300 yen

3) If you go by yourself from Katsuyama Station (if you rent a bicycle, the journey takes about 34 minutes)

*As the journey to Heisenji Hakusan Shrine is uphill, we recommend an electric-assist bicycle.

By car (private car/rental car)

By car, you can travel smoothly without worrying about time like by bus.

Also, if your luggage increases during your trip due to travel luggage, souvenirs, etc., having a car is flexible and gives you peace of mind.

◆If departing from JR Fukui Station

・Travel time: Approximately 46 minutes

Distance: Approximately 33.6km

・Route: Take the Chubu Jukan Expressway, get off at Matsuoka IC and get off at Katsuyama IC

・Fee: Gasoline fee (the toll is free between Matsuoka IC and Katsuyama IC on the Chubu Longitudinal Expressway)

Parking fee: Free for regular cars (87 spaces available) *3,000 yen per day for large buses

By public transport

Please board the Echizen Railway in front of JR Fukui Station.

Enjoy the seasonal scenery from the train window as you make your way to Heisenji Hakusan Shrine.

・Time required: Approximately 100 minutes

Access: Take the Echizen Railway "Katsuyama-Eiheiji Line" from JR Fukui Station to the last stop, Katsuyama Station (60 minutes), then take the bus "Heisenji Line" from Katsuyama Station (about 15-30 minutes), and get off at the Heisenji Jinja-mae bus stop (about 10 minutes)

*If you wish to use the Heisenji/Inose ferry, you will need to make your own reservations in advance.

Bus operator: Daifuku Transportation Co., Ltd. 0779-88-1331

・Price: 970 yen
(Train: Fukui Station - Katsuyama Station Adult fare: 770 yen, Bus: Katsuyama Station - Hakusan Heisenji Adult fare: 200 yen. Bus fare: 200 yen per ride for adults (elementary school students and above), free for preschool children)

*You can also use the city sightseeing bus "Dynagon" on weekends and holidays.

Please see the URL below for train and bus schedules, and fares for children and people with disabilities.

Bus timetable

More services available on weekends and holidays! The Dynagon sightseeing bus also operates!

The "Dynagon" sightseeing bus is a tour bus that takes you around the main tourist spots in Katsuyama City, such as the Echizen Great Buddha , the Dinosaur Museum, and Heisenji Hakusan Shrine. It only operates on weekends, holidays, and during part of the summer vacation, but this bus is convenient if you are going to Heisenji Hakusan Shrine. If you purchase an Echizen Railway ticket that includes an admission ticket to the Dinosaur Museum, you can ride buses within Katsuyama City for free, making it a great deal.

*Please note that the tourist bus "Dynagon" is out of service during the winter (December to mid-March).

Price: Adults (junior high school students and above) 300 yen, children (elementary school students) 200 yen, preschoolers free per ride

Bus timetable

If you take a taxi from Katsuyama Station

If you want to go whenever you want without being tied down to bus timetables, we recommend taking a taxi from Katsuyama Station, which is convenient and quick! Taxis are always available at the station during the day, so please use them. However, there may be cases where they are not always available, so in that case, you will need to make your own arrangements with a taxi company to pick you up.

◆Taxi companies: Daifuku Taxi (0779-88-1331) Katsuyama Taxi (0779-88-0251)

Both taxi companies have roughly the same arrival time to Katsuyama Station.

・Time required: Approximately 10 minutes ・Distance: Approximately 5.5 km
・Fee: Around 2,500 yen one way

Convenient and affordable! A route using taxis and buses

For those who don't like to use taxis because they are expensive, but have trouble getting to Heisenji Hakusan Shrine because there are few buses on weekdays, we recommend taking a one-way taxi or bus.

Taking a taxi one way increases convenience, while taking a bus one way reduces costs.

If you want to visit in the morning, we recommend taking a taxi on the way there and a bus on the way back.

If you want to take your time sightseeing in the afternoon, it's a good idea to take the bus out and then take a taxi back to Katsuyama Station or your accommodation.

Head to Hakusan Shrine using a method that suits you.

◆If you take a taxi on the way there and a bus on the way back (weekdays)

    Travel time: 10 minutes on the way there, approx. 10 minutes on the way back
    Fare: Outbound from about 2,500 yen, return 100 yen for adults
    Distance: Approximately 5.5km outbound, approximately 5.5km backbound

◆ If you take a bus on the way there and a taxi on the way back (weekdays)

    Travel time: Approximately 10 minutes going there, approximately 10 minutes going back
    Distance: Approximately 5.5km outbound, approximately 5.5km backbound
    Fare: Outward trip 100 yen for adults, return trip from about 2,500 yen

Recommended for those who like walking! Walk from the nearby bus stop.

On weekdays, there are few buses going to Hiraizumi-ji Hakusan Shrine, but if the weather is good, you can take the bus and then walk there.

Take the bus from Katsuyama Station and get off at the Katsuyama Castle Museum bus stop.
Continue to Bodaibayashi, which leads to Heisenji Hakusan Shrine, and you will arrive there in about 20 minutes on foot.
The road is paved, but please be careful as it is a steep climb.

◆ If you use the bus stop at Katsuyama Castle (take a taxi on the way there, then walk and take the bus on the way back)

・Time required: Approximately 10 minutes going, approximately 35 minutes returning (approximately 25 minutes on foot + 10 minutes by bus)

Distance: Approximately 5.5km on the way there, approximately 5.35km on the way back

Price: Approx. 2,500 yen for the outbound trip, 100 yen for adults for the return trip

◆ If you use the bus stop at Katsuyama Castle (bus + walk on the way there, taxi on the way back)

Travel time: Approx. 42 minutes (approx. 17 minutes by bus + approx. 25 minutes on foot), Approx. 10 minutes on the way back

Distance: Approximately 5.35km on the way there, approximately 5.5km on the way back

-Fee: 100 yen for adults, approx. 2,500 yen for return trip

If you go by yourself from Katsuyama Station

If the weather is nice and you have time, instead of taking a bus or taxi, why not walk or rent a bicycle from the nearest Katsuyama Station?

Bicycle rentals are available at Katsuyama Station (fees apply), so please feel free to use them.

If you are confident in your stamina, it's a good idea to take your time and enjoy the scenery as you make your way to Heisenji Hakusan Shrine.

◆ If you use a rental bicycle

・Time required: Approximately 30 minutes
・Price: 2500 yen per car

Reservations are required, so please make your reservation here

Click here to make a reservation

There are also bicycles that can be rented at the station on the day without the need for a reservation.
If you have forgotten to make a reservation, please speak to a station attendant.

・Fee: Regular bicycles: 100 yen per ride, Electric assist bicycles: 500 yen per ride

◆On foot

・Time required (on foot): Approximately 1 hour and 12 minutes

Distance: Approximately 5.2km

*Please note that rentals will not be available during rainy weather or when rain is expected.

Find the access method that suits you best and enjoy Heisenji Hakusan Shrine

This time, we introduced how to get to Heisenji Hakusan Shrine by train, bus, taxi, and on foot.

If you want convenience, then "car" would be a good option, but if you can take your time, "train + bus or taxi" or "train + rental bicycle or walking" would be a good option.

Be sure to visit Heisenji Hakusan Shrine.

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Katsuyama City is located in the northeastern part of Fukui Prefecture. The city is located on a river terrace formed along the course of the Kuzuryu River, and is a rural city rich in water and greenery, with commerce and industry based on the local textile industry since the Meiji period, and agriculture and forestry having been thriving since ancient times. Our company is a DMO (tourism region development organization) that works with local communities to develop tourist areas. Katsuyama City is a treasure trove of attractive tourist content, including the Dinosaur Museum and Heisenji Temple! We provide detailed services to customers visiting Katsuyama , such as guided tours that allow many people to experience Katsuyama , the Geo Terminal in the parking lot of the Dinosaur Museum, and the operation of the "Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama" Roadside Station , which opened in June 2020. We are also actively challenging ourselves to create new businesses centered around tourism, aiming to revitalize the town of Katsuyama.

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