Our Visit to Ichijodani Ruins, Eiheiji Temple, Dinosaur Museum at Fukui Prefecture (Day 1)


On Saturday morning we woke up extra early to start our Fukui Prefecture trip. Travel time is about 6 hours via expressway. At 4 AM, we are already hitting the road to Fukui Province. Of course, there are different options for going to Fukui, such as riding a bullet train or even an ordinary train, but we opted for the long drive to enjoy the mountain views along the road. It was raining and cold already during our visit at the end of November of this year, so we made sure to pack our winter jackets or other winter necessities. During our trip, stopping by at the car station is one of our children’s favorite, as they see many goods or foods selling inside the station, plus the good design of every station adds to their excitement.

Going to Fukai Province at the early morning.
Our long drive going to Fukui Prefecture.
We Stop by at the car station and refill our car with gasoline.
Please stop by at one of the stations we pass by to refill the gasoline. Bought some snacks too for the children.

Moving on, after almost six hours of a long trip, we arrived safe and sound at Fukui Prefecture at around 10 AM. We directly stop by at the famous ruins temple of the said province.

Inchijodani Ruins

I visited the ichijodani Asakura Clan Historic Ruins, part of the valley is the Asuwa river. Many of the other tourists roaming the castle when we arrived. This is a place known to be a historic site since 1971. Many artifacts were designated in June 2007, now being called the Important Cultural Property. See Wikipedia of Ichijodani for detailed information.

The start of the tour at Ichijo Dani Ruins.
The hallway entrance of the Historic Ruins.

Inside the historic houses were the antique things that were used during the Ichijodani Period.

Getting inside the house at Ichijo Dani.
This is us while getting into one of the houses.
Wood sculpting at Ichijodani.
A staff sculpting a piece of wood and then sell it after.
Knives based on the design at the time of Ichijo Dani.
Knives are also in a display showing the designs taken at the time of Ichijodani ruins. It is also on sale for all the tourists.
The old type of comfort room in Ichijo Dani.
The design of the toilet during the start of the Ichijodani regime.
Custome for rent at Ichijo Dani Ruins.
The rental costume is also available on site for those guests who opted for a picture taking with vibes of the ruins.
A water well used for the everyday lives of the citizen living at Ichigo Dani Ruins.
A lot of water well can be found at the temple too that was used during the old time.
Large statue to show what the early people of Ichijodani do in their everyday lives.
Statues depicting the everyday lives of the people during the Ichijodani regime.
A golden trees at Ichijo Dani Ruins.
At the back of the ruins are the golden fall trees that most tourists wanted to picture.

After a few walks, we pass by the restaurant which we ate quick cold soba. The taste is just the same as the usual Japanese cold soba, which is delicious.

The restaurant at Ichijo Dani Ruins.
The restaurant at the Ichijodani ruins seems affordable all their menu yet sumptuous.
Cold Soba we ate at the restaurant inside Ichijo Dani Ruins.
The Cold Soba from Ichijodani ruins.

Nearby the Ichijodani is the Asakura Yasada ruins or also known as the Asakura yoshikage`s residence. It is open to all the tourists as well, just walking distance from the Asakura ruins. We enjoyed walking as it is located by the hills, with a lot of beautiful colorful trees brought by the fall season.

Going to Asakura Residencce.
A mini bridge connecting the Asakura residence.
The fish at the Asakura Residencce.
A lot of fish koi are in the residence area. It was so big and mostly catching the attention of the children.
The signboard inside the Asakura Residence.
Inside is this signboard informing that the place was the Asakura residence.

We continue to our next destination after the Asakura residence. Nearby the Ichijo Dani is another historic temple named Eiheiji Temple.

The Eihei-Ji Temple

We drove for around 30 minutes to reach the temple from the Ichijodani ruins. Based on my readings, the eiheiji Japanese term has an English meaning as an ei-eternal, hei-peaceful, and Ji-as Buddhist temple. Founded in the 13th century as a training monastery of more than 200 monks and nuns residence. This is one of the famous tourist attractions of the Fukui prefecture where some of the guests can arrange their tour and be one of the monastery’s religious trainees.

The hotel near the temple.
Saw this post, which is a famous hotel near the eiheiji temple.
The vending machine for the ticket of Eihei-Ji Temple.
Entrance to the temple requires a ticket via this vending machine. A staff is inside the office for assistance, but tourists must be the ones to operate the machine.
Ticket to Eihei-Ji Temple.
The ticket is priced at 500 yen for adults while 200 Yen for 7 years old and above. Our youngest child, who is 5 years old, is still free of charge.
The way to Eihei-Ji Temple.
The path to the eiheiji temple.
The big rock just in front of Eihei-Ji Temple.
At the main entrance of the Eiheiji Temple. I walked for 20 minutes from the ticket vending machine to reach the place.
The entrance of Eihei-Ji Temple.
The main entrance of the eiheiji temple.
The discussion of the rooms inside the temple lead by one of  the monk.
The man in a large room will welcome the guests. It looks like he is one of the monks explaining the location and significance of each room inside the temple.
The large picture of the Eihei-Ji Temple.
A pamphlet is also given to all the tourists once you get in, but it was all in Japanese character. If you are a foreigner who is not that good in Kanji character like me, it would be better to research everything about the temple before touring the temple on site.
The detailed roof of Eihei-Ji Temple.
This is one of the ceilings from one of the rooms of the temple. Designed beautifully during the beginning of the Eiheiji temple.
The unique portrait display at Eihei-Ji Temple.
A unique painting on display in one of the rooms.
The hallway of Eihei-Ji Temple.
The rooms were basically made of wood, with huge space and interconnected with many rooms by long stairs. The design was meticulous and great during the old times.
The room sleepers of Eihei-Ji Temple.
Before I forget, the temple has provided sleepers to all the tourists getting in the Eiheiji temple. That time had a crowded moment when we visit because it was a weekend, yet sleepers have more than enough at the temple entrance. Everything was very organized in the Japanese Way.S.
Each room has a label like that inside the Eihei-Ji Temple.
One can check the label on the rooms just if you are confused about which room you are in. This time it has furigana writings.
The view from the room of Eihei-Ji Temple.
View from one of the rooms of the temple. The roof is made of bricks rock, which is so fascinating as it already exists during the temple’s historic era.
The Buddhist praying room of Eihei-Ji Temple.
The Buddhist temple praying room in the eiheiji temple.
The stairs leading to one of the rooms of Eihei-Ji Temple.
The rooms are interconnected with each other by stairs.
The ceremony hall of Eihei-Ji Temple.
Another praying room for all the monks in the monastery.
A noticed from Eihei-Ji Temple.
One room, which is called Jyoyoden, has this noticed which is closed to all the tourists.
The private room of Eihei-Ji Temple.
Another view from one of the rooms of Eihei-Ji Temple.
Another view from the inside of the Buddhist praying room.
Oni Sculpture at Eihei-Ji Temple.
Sculptures are on display, too, inside the monastery. Oni is a Japanese term that means a ghost in Japanese folklore that can be translated as the devil, demons, ogres, or trolls.

After around 1 or almost 2 hours of walks inside the temple, we finished the tour and were able to head outside the temple. During the Covid time, this washing station is a must when you tour any places. A mask is a requirement too when you enter the temple and maintain a 1 meter apart from the other tourist.

The Sanitation area at the exit of Eihei-Ji Temple.
A hand washing station outside the Eiheiji temple.

The Fukui Dinosaur Museum

Directly went to the dinosaur museum for the children. Another famous tourist spot in Fukui if you have children. For sure, children will use their imagination once they see this dinosaur museum. It is one hour drive from the temple going to the dinosaur museum. We already reserved our ticket on-site before we arrived at the museum. Around 1:30 in the afternoon, we arrived at the museum, waited in line to pay for our server tickets.

The Dinosaur Museum of Fukai Prefecture.
Dinosaur Museum of Fukai Prefecture.
The view while we approach the location of the dinosaur museum.
Welcome view just in front of the museum.
Just in front of the museum is this huge tower of dinosaurs.
The price of the ticket to the Dinosaur Museum at Fukai Prefecture.
The price of the ticket at the dinosaur museum.
The sanitation area of Dinosaur Museum of Fukai Prefecture.
The sanitation area before entering the museum. A thermometer at the entrance is installed too to check the temperature of all the guests.
Paying for our ticket at the entrance gate.
You are in Japan, so everything is operated via machine. This is the moment we paid for our ticket at the entrance gate.
Our ticket to the dinosaur museum.
The price of our ticket to the dinosaur museums.

By that time, we are so hungry, yet the restaurant’s lines were so long. We waited for around 1 and a half hours to wait for our number to be called.

The queue at the museum's restaurant.
Reservation is configured in a system too, wherein you need to input your number so they can send you a message.
The floor levels of the dinosaur museum.
The museum is composed of 4th floors.
And its ceiling at the center of the museum.
I just took this nice ceiling view in the middle of the museum.
The fossils at the basement of the museum.
In the basement is this museum is the fossils of different kinds of animals and insects.
The full view of the fossil display at the dinosaur museum.
A hall of fossils.
The replica of dinosaur fossils.
The replica of a dinosaur fossil I took from the upper part of the museum.
The animated dinosaur at the center of the museum.
The animated dinosaur is in the basement as well.
Labeled of the display at the museum.
Some display in the museum has in Japanese and English writings.
The anatomy of the dinosaur at the museum.
The anatomy of dinosaurs also in the basement.
The scientist replica in search of the artifacts in the field.
Depicting the situation of a scientist digging the fossils of a dinosaur.
The dino lab of the museum.
On the other level is this Dino Lab.
The anatomy of one huge dinosaur can see at the dino lab of the museum.
Also, the anatomy of the dinosaur in its replica.
The anatomy of a turtle and dinosaur.
Previous species of turtle is also on display. This one is said to be the real anatomy of a huge turtle.
Marine fossils from the museum.
A lot of other marine fossils were on display too.
Animal anatomy on the ceiling of the museum.
Early dolphin anatomy is on display too.
The rings of the tree.
The different designs of the tree rings and a stone.

By 3 PM we are called at the restaurant. With fewer people because it was late lunch already.

The menu from the dinosaur museum of fukai prefecture.
The only menus from the restaurant as of November 2020.
Cold Soba and a burger for our lunch.
Bought this Tonkatsu and cold soba with its sidings and soup. Also, Chichen burger with Fried potatoes.
Our lunch at the museum.
COrn soup and fried shrimp are also included in our lunch meal.
Fried chicken and corn soup we ate at the museum.
And a Fried chicken with corn soup.
The total price of our food at the museum.
We paid a total of 4150 Yen for all the foods that we ordered.

The food was delicious, and we are so full after we ate everything. By this time, our children were energized for another walk inside the museum. Stop by at the mini-theater of the museum too to watch a movie just beside the restaurant. A sticker is given to all the kids inside the mini-theater.

A give away sticker from the museum.
The characters present in the anime movie in the museum.
The mini-theater of the dinosaur museum.
The seats were all filled with all kinds of people.

The Story shown at the mini heater is fun and adventurous, which tells the adventure of the characters that visited the dinosaur museums, back to Dinosaurs anatomy after the movie.

The Anatomy of dinosaurs.
Back to the lower ground of the museum.
The different kinds of stone at the museum.
This time we explore more of the corners of the museums. By this, we found this different kind of stone in colorful colors and arrangement.
The dino store.
End up buying some memorabilia for our children at the dino store of the museums.

By around 4:30 in the afternoon, we managed to finish all the attractions of the museums. By that time, we went out as the museum personnel announced that they would be closed after 30 minutes. I went to the car park and went directly to our hotel for our first night at Fukui.

THe rooms where we stayed for our first night at Fukai.
Our family room for our first night stays in Fukui Prefecture.
Complementary accessories for kids.
With complimentary gifts for kids composed of toothbrushes, slippers, and towelette.
The go-to travel ticket equivalent to yen.
Plus, this Go to Travel ticket given to all the tourist of Japan following Covid-19 motivation to travel.
Our first dinner at Fukai.
That night, the hotel served us this huge plate of the delicious plate to our hotel.
Child dinner at the hotel.
The food for our little one.

This is where our first day at Fukui ended. We enjoyed ourselves a lot on this day, and we hope to return to one of the destinations we visited, especially the dinosaur museum coz it’s our children’s favorite. Kids surely learned something on this trip, till my next blog, which I’m going to share with you, what happened on our second day in Fukui Prefecture. See you again, and thank you for reading, guys.