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The Highlight of Winter in Fukui

Echizen Gani Crab

The Highlight of Winter in Fukui

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 Railway’s

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.

Echizen Gani Crab

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.

There are plenty of shops and restaurants along the coastline that offer fresh seasonal seafood

Here, visitors can see live Echizen Gani Crabs being cooked in a large pot, a common winter sight in Fukui.

visitors can see live Echizen Gani Crabs being cooked in a large potEchizen Gani Crab turns a bright orange-red when cooked

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

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.

It turns out that there’s a QR code attached to the tag, too

The narration is in Japanese, but the images speak for themselves!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9AiQnK7yOg


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