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Map of Fukui Prefecture.


 is a prefecture of Japanmarker located in the Chūbu regionmarker on Honshūmarker island. The capital is the city of Fukui.


History

Fukui originally consisted of the old provinces of Wakasa and Echizen, before the prefecture was formed in 1871.

During the Edo period, the daimyō of the region was surnamed Matsudaira, and was a descendant of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Geography

The province faces the Sea of Japanmarker, and has a western part (formerly Wakasa) which is a narrow plain between the mountains and the sea, and a larger eastern part (formerly Echizen) with wider plains including the capital and most of the population. The mountain side of the eastern part has much snow in winter.

Cities

Nine cities are located in Fukui Prefecture:



Towns and villages

Towns and villages in each district:
Ikedamarker
Mihamamarker
Wakasamarker
Minamiechizenmarker
Echizenmarker
Ōimarker
Takahamamarker
Eiheijimarker


Mergers

Economy



Demographics

Culture

  • Fukui Prefecture is home to Maruoka-jōmarker, the second oldest standing castle in Japan, after Inuyama Castlemarker. It was built in 1576.
  • Eihei-jimarker is a serene temple offering training and education to Buddhist monks. Founded by Dogen Zenji in 1244, Eiheiji is located on a plot of land of about 330,000 m².
  • Many dinosaur fossils have been excavated in Fukui and they can been seen at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museummarker.
  • Residents of Fukui Prefecture have a distinctive accent, Fukui-ben.
  • Fukui has long been a center for papermaking in Japan (along with Kyoto). Its Echizen Papermaking Cooperative is a world-famous collection of papermakers making paper in the traditional Echizen style.


Tourism

  • Echizen Kaigan Coast
  • Eiheiji Templemarker
  • Tōjinbōmarker, a scenic piece of coastline, which is also a notorious spot for suicide.
  • Visitors to Fukui can enjoy eating echizen-kani crabs prepared by local residents. Male crabs are called zuwai and female ones are called seiko. Another traditional sea-side Fukui dish is genge, a small guppy-like fish, that when eaten raw as sashimi, gives the body a brief tingling sensation.
  • In Fukui City, a trademark dish of Fukui prefecture (sauce katsudon) was created at Yoroppaken, a restaurant that started making the simple, inexpensive dish during the Taisho Period. By the 1940s, sauce katsudon became known throughout Japan as one of Fukui's trademark dishes.
  • Awaramarker is a famous onsen in the north of the prefecture.


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