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Zen and Culture: 5-Day Fukui and Surroundings Exploration

Zen and Culture: 5-Day Fukui and Surroundings Exploration Itinerary

Published: 2024 Feb 27

Fukui Castle Town and Cultural Exploration

Morning
Start your day with a traditional Japanese breakfast at Kamon to prepare for a day of cultural exploration. Visit the historic Fukui Castle and immerse yourself in the rich history of the region. Afterward, take a stroll through the serene Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine & Festival Floats Exhibition Hall and admire the beautiful festival floats.
Afternoon
For lunch, head to Okonomiyaki Chitose and savor the flavors of Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki. In the afternoon, visit the Kusakabe Folk Museum to learn about the local folk culture and craftsmanship. Then, take a relaxing walk along the charming streets of Sannomachi Street (Sanmachi Suji) and explore the traditional merchant houses.
Evening
Enjoy a delightful dinner at Sushi Dai and savor the freshest seafood. Afterward, take a leisurely walk around the city and soak in the evening atmosphere. If you're up for it, you can visit a local izakaya like Izakaya Kuroki for some drinks and small bites.
Bedtime
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Nature and Tranquility

Morning
Start your day with a visit to the Eiheiji Buddhist Temple for a unique experience of Zen meditation. Afterward, enjoy a peaceful breakfast at Cafe de L'ambre and savor the serene atmosphere.
Afternoon
Take a scenic drive through the countryside with a car rental from Fukui 1 or 2 Day Car Rental. Explore the natural beauty of the region and make a stop at the Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum for an underground adventure.
Evening
For dinner, head to Kaiseki Cuisine Yonemura for an exquisite kaiseki meal. Afterward, take a relaxing evening walk around the city or enjoy a traditional tea ceremony at Tea Ceremony Experience in Fukui.
Bedtime
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Kanazawa's Cultural Treasures

Morning
Travel to Kanazawa and start your day with a visit to the Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan's most beautiful landscape gardens. After strolling through the garden, enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast at Higashiyama Higashiyama Chaya.
Afternoon
Explore the Nagamachi Samurai District and learn about the history of the samurai. Then, visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art for a modern art experience. For lunch, head to Omicho Market and sample the freshest seafood.
Evening
Enjoy a dinner of local specialties at Kaname and take a leisurely walk around the city. If you're interested in geisha culture, you can attend a Geisha Performance in Kanazawa in the evening.
Bedtime
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Takayama's Old Town and Morning Markets

Morning
Travel to Takayama and start your day with a visit to the Takayama Morning Markets (Asaichi). Enjoy the lively atmosphere and browse the local crafts and produce. For breakfast, try the local specialty, Hida Beef Sushi at the market.
Afternoon
Explore the Sannomachi Street (Sanmachi Suji) and visit the Kusakabe Mingei-kan Museum to learn about the local craftsmanship. For lunch, head to Sakura and enjoy a traditional Hida beef meal.
Evening
Enjoy a relaxing dinner at Kappo Hana and take a stroll along the Miyagawa River to admire the traditional buildings illuminated at night.
Bedtime
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Farewell to Fukui

Morning
Start your last day with a visit to the Nakasendo Way and take a leisurely walk along the historic trail. For breakfast, enjoy a cup of coffee at Cafe de L'ambre.
Afternoon
Visit the Echizen Pottery Village and try your hand at pottery making. For lunch, head to Echizen Soba Village and savor a bowl of the local specialty, Echizen soba.
Evening
Enjoy a farewell dinner at Kaiseki Cuisine Yonemura and reflect on your journey through Fukui. If you have time, you can visit a local onsen like Awara Onsen for a relaxing soak before departing the next day.
Bedtime
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