Hokuriku Shinkansen extension in March 2024! 10 recommended sightseeing spots in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture!

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Introducing the highlights of Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, a city full of nature from the sea to the mountains! In Sakai City, you can enjoy sightseeing spots such as Tojinbo, Mikuni Onsen, and Ojima, as well as gourmet foods such as Echizen crab and Wakasa beef. In this article, we will introduce ...

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How to get to Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture

Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, is scheduled to receive an extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen on March 16, 2024, and after the extension, it will be possible to access Sakai City from Tokyo without transferring. For details on how to access Sakai City from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya, please refer to the article below.

10 tourist spots in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture

1.Tojinbo

Tojinbo is a nationally designated scenic spot known for its view of the rough waves of the Sea of ​​Japan crashing against the cliffs. The magnificent cliffs spread out for about 1km. It is said that there are only three places in the world with extensive dacite columnar joints that form this kind of scenery, making it an extremely valuable place geologically. There is also a Tojinbo sightseeing boat that allows you to enjoy the scenic Tojinbo and Oshima Island's Echizen Kaga Kaigan Quasi-National Park from the sea for about 2 km and 30 minutes.

2.Oshima

Ojima, floating off the coast of Tojinbo, has been worshiped as the island of the sea gods since ancient times, and is still a mysterious island covered in dense natural forests. There are no notable artifacts on the island other than Ominato Shrine and the Oshima Lighthouse, and if you follow the promenade that goes around the island, you can fully enjoy the nature of this small island in the Sea of ​​Japan.

In addition, in the Anshima area on the opposite shore, seaweed fishing takes place from late April to May, and during this period, when freshly caught seaweed is dried in the sun, the port is filled with the scent of the ocean.

3. Mikuni Minato

In addition to the history and culture left behind by the Kitamae-bune, the townscape still has an emotional atmosphere, including townhouses with rows of lattice doors and historic buildings that retain the traces of wealthy merchants. At the Mikuni Festival, one of Hokuriku's three major festivals, held in this area every year on May 19th, 20th, and 21st, floats are dedicated to Mikuni Shrine.

Click here for the official Mikuni Festival homepage!

4. Echizen Matsushima Aquarium

An experiential aquarium with the theme of "see, touch, and have fun learning." In March 2024, a new facility called ``Mizudakokan'' will open to commemorate the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension within Fukui Prefecture and the 65th anniversary of the opening of Echizen Matsushima Aquarium. This is the first facility in Japan that not only exhibits the world's largest species of octopus, the octopus, but also allows visitors to interact with it.

5. Shibamasa World

Shibamasa World is a "playing theme park" with the Sea of ​​Japan and lawns. You can enjoy a wide variety of attractions such as roller coasters, buffets, putt golf, and camping sites. One of the largest pools in Japan opens every summer. During summer vacation, the pool is open until 10pm! With the illuminated pool, you can enjoy a fantastic atmosphere and excitement that is completely different from the daytime. There is also a complex auto campground on the premises that combines vast nature and amusement facilities.

6. Maruoka Castle

Maruoka Castle is the only castle in Hokuriku among the 12 existing castle towers. You can experience the atmosphere and scenery of each season, but the cherry blossom season is especially recommended. As its other name suggests, Kasumigajo is an exceptionally beautiful spot with a fantastical appearance floating among the cherry blossoms in full bloom in spring. The area surrounding Maruoka Castle has been maintained as Kasumigajo Park, a Japanese garden-style park, and has been selected as one of Japan's 100 Best Historical Parks as a park that makes effective use of historical and cultural resources. I am.

7. Shonenji Temple

This is the grave of Yoshisada Nitta, a loyal vassal of the Southern Court during the Nanbokucho period. It is also known as the place where Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) stopped by Shonen-ji Temple, heard Akechi Mitsuhide's story of marital love (circa 1560s), and was moved to compose a poem.

8. Senfuru's house (Tsubokawa family residence)

The oldest private house in Fukui Prefecture, built in the early Edo period. It is one of the most valuable private houses in Japan, with the marks of a round-blade hand ax still remaining in the finishing of the pillars and beams, and the fact that three cross pillars were used to support the shed. It is said to be one. The irises bloom around mid-June, and some people take pictures of them in full bloom with old folk houses in the background.

9. Takekurabe Square

A multipurpose leisure space with a spacious lawn located in the mountains about 9 kilometers from the center of town. You can enjoy outdoor life with your family and friends, and on weekends and summer vacations, it's crowded with families and groups enjoying camping and barbecues, and you can hear the cheers of children playing in the river from the Takeda River that flows beside it. . From mid-to-late April, the more than 150 weeping cherry trees in the park bloom all at once, and you can enjoy the magical and beautiful scenery of the branches and flowers swaying in the spring breeze.

10. Chikuchiku Bonbon (Sakai City Takeda Rural Center)

This is an experience-based accommodation facility located in a peaceful village forest. We offer a variety of programs that can only be experienced in rural areas. There are a variety of experiential programs such as canoeing, spoon making, and village forest harvesting experiences. It has accommodation facilities and can be used for student sports camps and various events.

In Sakai City, you can enjoy flowers in every season.

Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture has many attractions, but did you know that there are also many famous flower spots? If the time is right for you to see the flowers, why not take a step back and take a ``detour'' to a famous flower spot? Especially from spring to early summer, this is the time when all kinds of flowers are in full bloom! Enjoy Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture on a "tour of famous flower spots".

Click here for a special feature on famous flower spots in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture!

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DMO Sakai Tourism Bureau, as an organization responsible for the development of tourism areas in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, plays the role of further refining the tourism resources in Sakai City and leading the region in cooperation with local tourism businesses and a wide variety of stakeholders. is in charge of Introducing the highlights of Sakai City, a city full of nature from the sea to the mountains!

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