Echizen Manufacturing Villaage Project

Echizen chest

 It is said that Echizen chest first began during the Nara period in the eighth century.
 Echizen chest is characterized by unique joinery using Japanese zelkova and paulownia, an abundant usage of decorative metal fittings and lacquering, and stately designs.
Echizen chest is also deeply connected to other traditional regional crafts, including the use of Echizen metal tools to make the decorative fittings as well as Echizen lacquerware.
 Tansu-machi, a major production center for Echizen chest which took shape between the late Edo period and Meiji period, still harbors many chest artisans even today.

Echizen chest Production Area Map
Recommended dining Recommended dining
Cafe Flat Cafe Flat
  • 1-20 Hon-machi, Echizen City
  • 9 am to 1 pm/3 pm to 6 pm
  • Thur.

A local cafe and favorite relaxation spot.

Bistro Manna Bistro Manna
  • 1-22 Hon-machi, Echizen City
  • 11:30 am to 3 pm/5:30 pm to 10 pm
  • Tue.

A tasteful, soothing space in a remodeled traditional kura warehouse.

Yoshimoto Yoshimoto
  • 6-12 Moto-machi, Echizen City
  • 11 am to 8 pm
  • Thur.

A hidden little restaurant near Takefu Station.

Recommended temples Recommended temples

Yogan-ji Temple
(Hongan-ji sect of Shin Buddhism)


A large temple also called the Fuchu Omido. The garden behind the main temple building is a must-see.

Addr.3-10 Hon-machi, Echizen City


Daiho-ji Temple
(Pure Land sect)


The weeping cherry trees in the center of the garden in front of the main temple building are lit up when in bloom.

Addr.10-2 Hon-machi, Echizen City


Cho’on-ji Temple
(Otani sect of Shin Buddhism)


As part of an event in which a portrait of Buddhist priest Rennyo is placed in a covered wagon and paraded between the Higashi Hongan-ji Temple in Kyoto and Yoshizaki in the city of Awara, the wagon stops at the Cho’on-ji temple for an evening.

Addr.4-5 Hon-machi, Echizen City


Ryumon-ji Temple
(Soto Buddhism)


A Zen temple built as a stronghold for Oda Nobunaga. The remains of the walls and earthen fortifications can still be seen today.

Addr.9-5 Hon-machi, Echizen City