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.
at Daijoji Temple
I started the day with a train ride, taking the JR Hokuriku Main Line down to Tsuruga Station, then transferring to the Obama Line and taking that to Aonogo Station. After walking about 17 minutes from the station, I arrived at my destination: Daijoji Temple.
Fukui has many temples that belong to sects of Buddhism that practice zazen seated meditation (often referred to as “Zen Buddhism”) and Takahama Town is home to Daijoji Temple, a temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism where visitors can try zazen.
Daijoji Temple was built in these tranquil mountain foothills in the year 1351; today, it can be found a little bit off of national route 27. The beautifully dignified gate is spectacular as well.
Time to try zazen for the first time!
They’re ready for beginners — they even have extra-thick zabuton cushions available to make the experience more comfortable.
Breathing is an important part of zazen. In fact, they say that it begins and ends with breathing: clear your mind and slowly breathe in and out. Even though I only meditated for a short while, my mind felt much clearer.
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