Fukui

Restaurant Guide in Fukui

Fukui prefecture faces the Sea of Japan and is one of the three Hokuriku prefectures along with Toyama and Ishikawa. The north side is called Rinhoku (Echizen area) while the south side is called Rinnan (Wakasa area and Tsuruga city). The capital city of Fukui is in the Rinhoku area. Of all the Hokuriku prefectures, Fukui is the closest to the Kinki region a

nd therefore, dialects and culture of some areas of Fukui show strong influence of the Kansai region. Fukui falls under the Japan Sea climate and is categorized as a heavy snowfall area like Toyama and Ishikawa prefectures. While the mountainous regions have especially heavy snowfalls, it is relatively warm even in winter in the coastal areas along the Sea of Japan because of the warm current of the Tsushima Strait. The areas around Wakasa Bay used to offer marine products to the imperial household as miketsu no kuni (domain of honorable food) since ancient times to the Heian period. In particular, heshiko, which is still popular as a traditional food of the Wakasa area, was enjoyed by the imperial family. Heshiko is a type of preserved winter food prepared by fermenting mackerel in rice bran. In Rinhoku, there is Eihei-ji, the head temple of the Soto School of Buddhism, and with its influence, vegetarian food culture such as sesame tofu developed there. Fukui is also one of the leading areas of soba (buckwheat) production in Japan and is known for echizen-soba topped with grated daikon radish. There is also sauce katsudon that has gained popularity as a B grade gourmand food. It is a simple donburi dish prepared by topping a bowl of white rice with pork cutlet marinated in Worcestershire sauce. In Fukui, katsudon is analogous with sauce katsudon. Sabae city is known as the town of eyeglasses, and the city boasts a 90 percent market share for eyeglass frames. Fukui prefecture’s traditional crafts include echizen lacquer ware, echizenyaki pottery, and echizen Japanese paper. The famous tourist spot of Tojinbo is in Mikuni in Sakai city that faces the Wakasa Bay. Intricate, 25-meter high cliffs created by the erosion of waves stretch along the sea. It is designated as a national natural monument and a national scenic beauty.

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