Natural beauty, history, culture, agriculture...introducing the vistas of our hometown, Fukui.

The 100 Hometown Views of Fukui


Agriculture/Fisheries

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【Entry Number 5】(Awara city、Sakai city)

Sakai Hills Fruit Line

At approximately 1,000 hectares, the sandy soils of northern Sakai’s hills comprise Fukui Prefecture’s largest horticultural area, situated 40m above sea level.

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【Entry Number 8】(Sakai City)

Sakai Plains, Home to Koshihikari Rice

The Sakai Plains are home to koshihikari rice, whose name comes from its wide regards as the “shining light of Echizen,” symbolizes Fukui’s rice culture.

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【Entry Number 17】(Katsuyama City)

Kitadani Hamlets

In Kitadani-cho, near the border with Ishikawa Prefecture, hamlets dot the terraces made by the Takinami River’s flow. Known for its tremendous snowfall even within the prefecture, the roof of each house needs to be cleared of snow several times in a normal year.

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【Entry Number 45】(Ikeda Town)

Farms and Fields of Ikeda-cho

The sight of farming fields and homes can still be found throughout much of Ikeda-cho. Compost made from town waste is used to restore nutrients to the soil and minimize the use of pesticides to support organic farming in the town.

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【Entry Number 57】(Echizen City)

Shirayama and Sakaguchi

The Shirayama and Sakaguchi districts, which sit in the western portion of Echizen City, the small valley comprised by the two areas has earned a place in Japan’s 100 Villages to See owing to its enduring farm villages.

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【Entry Number 59】(Echizen town、Sakai city)

Echizen’s Crab and Port Towns

The Echizen coastline is dotted with fishing villages and port towns, and homes and fresh fish markets line Rt. 305 as it passes by mountains on one side and the ocean on the other.

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【Entry Number 64】(Echizen Town、Fukui City)

Traditional White Stucco Homes

Over the years, the development of the region’s local culture was accompanied by an equally impressive and unique architectural style. Today, those passing through from Fukui City’s southern limits through to the Tannan area are treated to views of these white stucco homes against a backdrop of forested mountains and rice fields.

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【Entry Number 71】(Eiheiji Town、Echizen City、Minamiechizen Town)

Fukui’s Buckwheat Fields

From September to October, the white blossoms of buckwheat fields color parts of the prefecture. After the Obon holidays, soba seeds are sown, bursting into brilliant white flowers before turning black and yielding the buckwheat that will become soba noodles, harvested in November.

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【Entry Number 81】(Mihama Town)

Hiruga and Hayase Fishing Villages

Situated on the shores of Lake Hiruga, which connects to the Japan Sea, the Hiruga district is a true fishing village bathed in the lake’s rough waves and ocean breeze. Every January villagers gather under fishermen’s banners to watch the mid-water tug-of-war, a local tradition which has lasted 360 years.

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【Entry Number 85】(Wakasa Town)

Lakeside Plum Groves and Boathouses

Fukui Prefecture produces the most plums on Japan’s Sea of Japan coast. Their high quality and thick flesh make them a prized commodity, and they are presented annually to the emperor and the strongest sumo wrestler. Wakasa-cho alone produces half of the plum yield in the prefecture, with nearly 70,000 plum trees lining the shores of the Five Lakes of Mikata.

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【Entry Number 95】(Ohi Town)

Natasho

Upstream from where the Minami River meets Obama Bay lies the settlements comprising Natasho.It is known today for its links to the Tsuchimikado clan founded by famous Heian Period diviner Abe no Seimei.Throughout the village one can find thatched-roof houses that have retained their form for centuries.

Cultural Promotion Division
Promotion Department
Fukui Prefectural Government
Ote 3-17-1, Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture 910-8580 JAPAN
bunshin@pref.fukui.lg.jp

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