Echizen Manufacturing Villaage Project

Echizen washi

It is said that 1,500 years ago, a beautiful princess appeared along the Okamoto River near this village and taught the people here the technique of making washi paper.  During the Nara period, washi paper was incredibly important for copying Buddhist sutras.  From the Muromachi to the Edo period, techniques improved and the quantity of washi paper produced increased, leading to the creation of high quality papers such as Echizen hosho. With patronage from the feudal government and local feudal lords, the washi paper industry here developed even further.
 Today, traditional Japanese papermaking continues to be supported in Echizen by numerous artists such as Taikan Yokoyama. Echizen is famous as a center for Japanese washi paper throughout the country.

Echizen washi Production Area Map
Recommended dining Recommended dining
Cafe Yuimaru Cafe Yuimaru
  • 6-2-3 Iwamoto-cho, Echizen City
  • 10 am to 6 pm
  • Tue.

Pesticide-free coffee and delicious fresh pasta. Handmade cake is also on the menu.

Yotteko Yotteko
  • 9-21-2 Shinzaike-cho, Echizen City
  • 11:30 am to 4 pm
  • Tue.

Lunches handmade by local mother. Daily lunch specials and handmade soba.

Saiya Saiya
  • 9-15 Shinzaike, Echizen City
  • Mon. 9 am to 4 pm Tue. to Sat. 9 am to 10 pm Sun. 9 am to 8 pm
  • Never

Enjoy soba with grated daikon radish as well as delicious sweets.
The omelet rice is also tasty.

Recommended driving courses Recommended driving courses
History, romance, and traditional crafts route

Takefu IC

Lunch・Local cuisine

Shisojin Okamoto Shrine and Otaki Shrine


Addr.23-10 Otaki-cho, Echizen City

Inq.Tourism Promotion Section, Echizen City



Echizen Washi Village


Addr.8-44 Shinzaike-cho, Echizen City

Inq.Fukui Prefecture Washi Kogyo Cooperative



Kojiro Park


Addr.5-23 Kitasakashita-cho, Echizen City

Inq.Echizen Park Service LLP


Sabae IC・Takefu IC

Craftsmanship and hands-on experience route

Takefu IC

Lunch・Local cuisine

Papyrus House

Papermaking class

Addr.8-44 Shinzaike-cho, Echizen City



Yatsusugi 1,000 Year Forest

Baumkuchen-making class, etc.

Addr.19-1-1 Betsuin-cho, Echizen City

Inq.Yatsusugi Forest Learning Center



Sabae IC