Fukui, a land with beautiful natural scenery surrounded by the sea and mountains
Fukui is a prefecture located on the Sea of Japan side of central Honshu. The population is about 750,000 and the Prefectural capital is located in Fukui City.
Fukui has a warm and humid climate, so the changes in the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter are clear.
Fukui is famous for having the highest rate of dinosaur fossil excavation in Japan. The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, located in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, is one of the three largest dinosaur museums in the world.
As many as 44 dinosaur whole-body skeletons, including 5 excavated in Fukui, are on display.
The exterior of the museum has a dinosaur egg as a motif and is powerful, even when viewed from a distance. And many tourists visit the museum.
Traditional crafts and Local specialties
Fukui's traditional crafts are "Wakasa Nuri" and "Echizen Washi".
Wakasa Nuri is a lacquer ware made in the Wakasa region of Obama City, Fukui Prefecture.
Wakasa-Nuri is famous for chopsticks, and Wakasa-Nuri chopsticks account for 80% of domestic production. It is also resistant to water and heat, making it suitable for everyday use.
Echizen Washi is a Japanese paper made in the Echizen region of Fukui prefecture. The raw material is durable fiber from plants. This Japanese paper is characterized by beautiful ecru.
Fukui, which faces the Sea of Japan, is rich in seafood such as crabs and shrimp. In addition, the hot summer climate is suitable for growing rice, so rice cultivation is also popular. Fukui is also the birthplace of Koshihikari, a rice variety that is popular with Japanese people.
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