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.
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.
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.
Inside the historic houses were the antique things that were used during the Ichijodani Period.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
By 3 PM we are called at the restaurant. With fewer people because it was late lunch already.
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.
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.
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.
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.