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Fukui (福井; [1]) is the capital of Fukui prefecture, Japan.


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By plane[edit]

The nearest airport to Fukui is in Komatsu. Buses connect Komatsu Airport with Komatsu Station for ¥260, from which you can take a Hokuriku Line local train for the 50 minute run to Fukui (¥820).

If coming internationally, the best airport to arrive in is Kansai Airport in Osaka. From Kansai Airport, you can reach Fukui by train in about 3 1/2 hours by taking the Haruka limited express train to Shin-Osaka, and transferring across the platform to the Thunderbird, described below.

By train[edit]

Fukui is a major station on the JR Hokuriku line, which links Toyama with Maibara. A connection to the Kosei Line at Tsuruga provides a direct link to Kyoto and Osaka.

Fukui is connected to Kyoto and Osaka 1-2 times per hour by the Thunderbird train. This train makes the run from Osaka to Fukui in about 1 hour, 50 minutes. From Kyoto, the run takes about 1 hour, 20 minutes. The price for the service is ¥5700 from Osaka and ¥4600 from Kyoto.

The Shirasagi limited express also stops at Fukui on runs from Nagoya and Maibara. From the latter it takes one hour and costs ¥3100.

If coming from Tokyo, take the hourly Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari service that stops at Maibara station. From Maibara, take the Shirasagi to Fukui (3 1/2 hours, ¥14000).

There is no charge for the above services with the Japan Rail Pass.

By bus[edit]

The Dream Fukui overnight bus service runs from both Tokyo and Shinjuku to the Keifuku Bus Terminal in Fukui (9 hours, ¥8300 one-way). Two departures nightly.

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  • Fukui Castle Ruins
  • Osagoe Minkaen (おさごえ民家園) features six large Edo period farmhouses from around Fukui Prefecture that the visitors can explore.
  • Yōkōkan (養浩館) used to a villa and garden of the local ruling family. Lost in the war, it was well restored in the early 2000s.

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  • Eiheiji Temple (永平寺). Established in 1244 by Zen Master Dogen, a testament to the ability of the Japanese to fuse architecture and nature in a seemless and timeless structure. Visitors are welcome to tour the monastery and for ¥8000 per night (¥3000 per night for stays of more than a few days) can experience training according to the Soto Zen tradition. The temple is located about 15 km outside Fukui; either take a direct bus from Fukui Station (4 daily, 30 min, ¥720) or a train to Eiheiji-Guchi (25min, ¥440yen) and then a connecting bus (15min, ¥410).
  • Katsuyama. A town housing the third largest dinosaur Museum in the world, as well as the largest Buddha and tallest Castle in Japan.
  • Tojinbo
  • Awara Onsen

Routes through Fukui
KanazawaKaga  N noframe S  → Sabae → EchizenMaibara
KanazawaKaga  N noframe S  → Sabae → Takefu → TsurugaMaibara

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