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


Get in[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

By tram[edit]

By bus[edit]

On foot[edit]

While there are enough sites within walking distance of the station to tour on foot, many sites are too far apart for walking to be a viable option. In many cases, it's best to at least use public transport to get you within reasonable distance to start your walk.



  •    Gokurakuyu Onsen (1 Chome-118 Kaihotsu, Fukui-shi, Fukui-ken, Japan). Kaihatsu district 1 (福井県福井市開発1丁目118番地). Though overshadowed by the famous onsen in Awara, Gokurakuyu is a large onsen complex in Fukui city, and a great place to relax. It has an outdoor bathing area, sauna, super-jet baths, electric baths, and a bed of heated gems/jewels that you lie down on. Japanese-style massages available for an additional fee. ¥630.


  • Aossa- Aossa de aossa! A relatively newer shopping mall that created a lot of excitement when it first opened in 2007, but then turned out not to be worth all the fuss. It has a cafe and some clothing stores on the first floor and a movie theatre above. It is conveniently situated right across from Fukui Station.
  • LPa/Lovely Partner (福井市大和田2丁目1212番地) - a popular shopping mall that is unique to Fukui prefecture. Above it is the cinema, Korona World.


  • Katsudon - While most of Japan prefers to eat its katsudon (breaded pork cutlet on top of rice) topped with a sweet omelet, Fukui is famous for creating the sauce katsudon, which is instead covered by a sweet and salty sauce similar to Worcester sauce. It is ubiquitous on menus throughout the prefecture.
  • Oroshi Soba - Cold buckwheat noodles with grated Japanese radish.
  • Akiyoshi, (0776) 21-3573. There are many branches of this locally owned yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) restaurant throughout Fukui. All branches have a picture menu, and most have an English one, if you ask (or they notice that you're not Japanese). Look for a red lantern sign at the entrance, and a line of business men eating and drinking at the counter. Open 17:00-02:30.



Go next[edit]

  • 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 seamless 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).
Routes through Fukui
KanazawaKaga  N JR Hokuriku icon.png S  → Sabae → EchizenMaibara
KanazawaKaga  N Hokuriku Expwy Route Sign.svg S  → Sabae → Takefu → TsurugaMaibara

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