‘fukui’ カテゴリーのアーカイブ

Tojinbo Cliffs

2015年12月23日 水曜日






















We visited Tojinbo on Dec. 20, 2015. It was unexpectedly fine day. We have mostly cloudy, rainy or snowy days in the Hokuriku region in winter. Tojinbo has two meanings. One is the name of Cliffs coastal line. The other is the name of a misbehaved Buddhist priest.  Tojinbo is the shore area of Fukui prefecture in the Sea of Japan. The cliffs’ rocks stretch along the coastal line about 1 km long. The cliffs are about 25 meter tall. The rocks form columnar joints being composed of multi-pyroxine andesite. The rocks are mostly basalt rocks.

Legendary it is said that a corrupt Buddhist priest, named Tojinbo was thrown from the cliffs into the sea by his fellow priests.

We walked along the coastal path to reach Oshima island. It took about 40 minutes.

Maruoka Castle, the oldest castle in Japan

2012年2月11日 土曜日

Maruoka Castle is the oldest castle in Japan, which was built in 1576. The main watch tower, Tenshu, remains. Once appointed a national treaure, it was revised and appointed an important cultural property in 1950.

The stones are piled up in the old style, called Nozurazumi. There are lots of openings between piled stones. They look like crude stone walls, but actually well drained, so no worry about collapsing when a heavy rain.

The first floor of the Tenshu, which is two layer-three story- building. A special architectural technique is adopted.

Holes for shooting are installed in many places. These holes were to shoot guns or throw stones against approaching enemies.

The second floor.

The steep stairs are one of the characteristic of this castle.

The roofs are covered with about 6,000 stone tiles, which weight about 120 tons. The stones are called Shakutani-seki , and produced in Atagoyama of Fukui city.


Cherry in full Bloom on the left bank of Asuwagawa River

2011年4月12日 火曜日


The road runs beside the right bank of the river lining up with cherry trees.


Cherry-in full bloom-viewers.


People are strolling in the tunnel of cherry tree in full bloom.


Cherry blossoms along Asuwagawa River are chosen as the 100 best cherry blossoms in Japan. 600 big old cherry trees are planted 2.2 km long along Asuwagawa River.


Cherry trees on the left bank of the river are blooming.


Etizen daffodils and cherry trees are blooming simultaneously.


Etizen daffodils and cherry blossoms are attractive combination.  


Sakurabashi bridge across Asuwagawa River.


Food stalls on the river-bed.


Temporary designated parking lot on the river-bed.


Stone walls, moat and cherry blossoms at Fukui Castle.


Stone walls and cherry blossoms.


 Moat and Stone walls at Fukui Castle.


Cherry tree blooming between stone walls.

Dinosaur Museum in Fukui

2011年3月12日 土曜日


The whole view of Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum


A huge dinosaur display welcomes visitors. 


A stone lily


A trilobite


Fukuititan nipponensis’s discovered fossils


Fukuiraptor kitadaniensis


Laboratory for cleaning and inspecting fossils of Dinosaurs. Fukui Prefecture is ranked first in excavating dinosaur fossils in Japan.


Fukuisaurus tetoriensis

Daffodils are blooming in Echizen coast-line

2010年12月21日 火曜日


The Tsushima Current, the branch current of Japan Current-the warm waters,  hits Echizen Coast-Line in Fukui Prefecture, quasi national park that makes this region retatively mild weather even in winter.

Ideal places for daffordil growth.


Daffordils are harvested for New Year’s Flower Decoration.