Connect with Others—and Yourself
Go Hands-On with Traditional Handicrafts
For centuries, the Echizen region of northern Fukui has been a center of craft-making excellence. Artisans here inherit traditions from their own industries—making items like blades, paper, lacquerware—and a tradition of collaboration with other industries nearby. Visitors can learn more about these traditional crafts, or even try making their own to take home.
Escape Daily Life and Enrich Your Spirit
Northern Fukui is home to Eiheiji Temple, the head temple of Soto Zen Buddhism. Step away from the noise and distraction of the everyday world. Enjoy a moment of calm as you walk around peaceful temple grounds, or try zazen seated meditation and other mind-clearing activities.
Excitement and Leisure in the Great Outdoors
The Reihoku area has lots to do outside. Ride giant ziplines through the forests of Ikeda, or go skiing and snowboarding in Katsuyama. There are more relaxed options, too, for simply enjoying the rural scenery: cool off at sandy beaches, bicycle through lush rice fields, or explore dramatic rocky coastlines.
The Reihoku area of Fukui is easy to get to from many major cities. Direct Limited Express trains are available from Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya, with travel times of under two hours. From Tokyo, take the Tokaido or Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, then transfer to a Limited Express train. Highway buses are also available.
After arriving in northern Fukui, there are various options to help you get around. Buses and local trains travel to most of the major destinations in the region, and much of Reihoku is fairly flat, making it a great place to rent a bicycle and ride around.