Fukui may not be full of large shopping malls or sightseeing destinations that attract large groups of tourists from overseas, but the lush environment, terroir and distinct climate of Fukui have led to the creation of our outstanding traditional slow food and sake cultures, while Fukui's history and climate have shaped our traditional arts and crafts. Our deep Zen-like spirituality has been handed down from generation to generation, becoming the cultural and historical heritage that lives on today.
Echizen Gani Crab
On December 19, I got on a train at Echizen Railway’s Fukui Station and took the Mikuni Awara Line up to Mikuni. The goal of my trip: to enjoy some of that Fukui winter delight, Echizen Gani Crab.
Echizen Gani Crab is one of the best known types of seasonal seafood from the Sea of Japan. Many centuries ago, court nobles in the then-capital of Kyoto wrote about it in their diaries, and even today, Echizen Gani Crab is Japan’s only regional crab considered fit to offer to the imperial family. Look for the yellow tags — they’re a sign of genuine Echizen Gani Crab, and because crab season starts in early November, they’re a sign of the start of winter in Fukui, too.
Fukui enjoys an incredible variety of outstanding seafood. There are plenty of shops and restaurants along the coastline that offer fresh seasonal seafood, including Echizen Gani Crab, of course.
Here, visitors can see live Echizen Gani Crabs being cooked in a large pot, a common winter sight in Fukui.
Echizen Gani Crab turns a bright orange-red when cooked. Its beautiful appearance and incredible flavor make it truly first-class seafood, fit for royalty, with a price to match.
Freshly boiled crab! Its remarkably sweet flavor is absolutely unforgettable.
It turns out that there’s a QR code attached to the tag, too! If you scan it, you can see a video showing the excitement of catching Echizen Gani Crabs and selling them at auctions.
The narration is in Japanese, but the images speak for themselves!
Snow Lanterns and Winter Fireworks in a Castle Town
The Echizen Ono Winter Story Festival
Delicate Winter Blossoms in Fukui
A Stylish Way to Enjoy the Flavors of the Season
Seasonal Dinner at an Izakaya Pub
Experiencing Fukui’s Food Culture with a Soba-making Hands-on Experience at
Echizen Soba Village
Inheriting and Preserving Traditions for the Future
Echizen Pottery Designated Japan Heritage
Learning about the Value of Life
at the Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum
Experiencing the Heart of Zen
through Zazen Meditation at Daijoji Temple
Exploring the Natural Beauty and the History of Wakasa
Uriwarinotaki and Kumagawa-juku Historic Post Town
Enjoying the Charming Atmosphere of
A Mystical World of Water and Flame
The Omizu-Okuri Rite
A Unique Festival to Mark the Start of Spring
The Katsuyama Sagicho Festival
Enjoying the Finest Seafood in Fukui’s ZEN Environment
Nihonkai Sakanamachi Seafood Market
Coming in Contact with Traditional Technique
The Highlight of Winter in Fukui
Echizen Gani Crab
Beneath the Brilliant Red Leaves
The Autumn Colors of Echizen Ono Castle