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Fukui and Echizen Crabs

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Fukui and Echizen Crabs

We would like to plan to trip to Fukui, coming down from Kanazawa in December. The places we have in mind are the daffodil hills in Echizen and Tojinbo Cliffs.

Are the 2 places I mention above easy to reach by public transport? Or should we rent a car for a day? Weather-wise, will it be safe to drive in this area in mid-December?

Where in or around Fukui would you recommend that we stay for a night? We would prefer to stay cheap but spend on Echizen crab lunch or dinner. Which place should we explore for the crabs?

Thank you!

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31. Re: Fukui and Echizen Crabs

Hi William,

The place we went to for glass blowing was 金津創作の森 (Kanaz Forest of Creation):

http://sosaku.jp/workshop/1day/

It is located in a beautiful forested area with museums, a cafe and several workshops. There are nice modern outdoor sculptures within the compound.

The place you mentioned, Yunokuninomori, was where we went for pottery. It is a big place that is built to look like a village with several preserved traditional houses in various styles and brooks running along the footpaths. It offers Yuzen painting, chopsticks making, pottery, glass blowing and a few other 'tai-ken' (体験) workshops. It will take at least half a day to explore this place. I would highly recommend this all-in-one place for those who like Japanese crafts.

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32. Re: Fukui and Echizen Crabs

Hi FridayJasmine, thank you for your input.

Will keep the information for future reference, hoping one day we could follow your foot-step.

Thanks again, and have a Happy New Year.

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33. Re: Fukui and Echizen Crabs

Thank you! Happy new year to you too.

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34. Re: Fukui and Echizen Crabs

Hi, it was interesting to read yr conversation. I m planning to do the same but prefer to take public transport to daffodils hill.is there are any buses ? Thinking of putting a night jn fukui.

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35. Re: Fukui and Echizen Crabs

Hi, it was interesting to read yr conversation. I m planning to do the same but prefer to take public transport to daffodils hill.is there are any buses ? Thinking of putting a night jn fukui.

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36. Re: Fukui and Echizen Crabs

There are 2 daffodil sites in the area: 越前水仙の里 Echizen Daffodil Village Park and 越前水仙ランド Cape Echizen Daffodil Land. Scroll down roughly midway below for a brief introduction to both places.

fuku-e.com/lang/english/places/nature.html

On the following webpage click the bus line of no.78 for bus between Fukui station and Cape Echizen Daffodil Land that has an enroute stop in Echizen Daffodil Village Park.

http://bus.keifuku.co.jp/rosen/

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37. Re: Fukui and Echizen Crabs

Hello FridayJasmine and all

I am about to make the same driving trip from Kanazawa to Tojinbo and Echizen and most importantly to eat some (or lots) of crabs. I am planning to stay a night before continue to drive to Nara/Tokyo the next day in mid Dec.

Can you recommend places to eat and where to stay. I don't seem to be able to find English websites which allow me to book ryokan or such in Echizen. Do you have any recommendations where else I can stay and enjoy a good meal of the crabs.

Thank you!

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38. Re: Fukui and Echizen Crabs

Rakuten has some English accommodation listings under the Echizen area.

…rakuten.co.jp/group/tiku_en/03japanhukuiech…

A friend recommends the following ryokan and it is listed under the Japanese webpage of Rakuten. Send Rakuten an email and see whether they can help if you want to book it.

http://www.shikibuonsen.jp/

travel.rakuten.co.jp/HOTEL/39550/39550.html

www@mail.travel.rakuten.co.jp (Rakuten email address)

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39. Re: Fukui and Echizen Crabs

Hi William

Thanks for the quick response. I also would like to know if Kanazawa is worth staying 2 nights.

Right now, I am arriving to Kanazawa from Takayama, after driving through Shirakawago, which I think will be late afternoon or early evening. If I leave the next day for Echizen (planning to pass through Tojinbo), it seems I won't have much time in Kanazawa at all.

I'm now starting to think I should stay another night in Kanazawa then leave early the next day.

What do you think? Any suggestion what I can do in Knazawa?

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40. Re: Fukui and Echizen Crabs

Kanazawa is definitely worth staying for a couple of days. Too lazy to repeat here but take a look at the following thread in another forum for some ideas about things to see and do in Kanazawa. Let’s hope the listed websites are not out-dated yet!

http://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+96103

Shirakawa-go is indeed a popular stop-over between Takayama and Kanazawa but less crowded and worth visiting especially on a road trip is the Gokayama region which is enroute after Shirakawa-go on your way up to Kanazawa. Even with limited time the following places are worth at least a photo stop.

http://www.gokayama.jp/gassho/index.html (Gokayama Gassho no Sato)

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5954.html (Suganuma)

http://www.shokoren-toyama.or.jp/~gokayama/kan/map/kn.html (Kaminashi)

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5955.html (Ainokura)

Not far from Toujinbo is serene Eihei-ji which we like a lot, not as “famous” yet less touristy than Koya-san.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6601.html

Forget to mention in my last post, if you are a fan of crabs don’t miss the Echizengani Museum and the seafood market while you are in the Echizen region. Below is some discussion on the place in a past thread.

tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g298115-i8280-k3276…

BTW, what time of the year will you been travelling!?

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