1 Day Tour from Kanazawa: Eiheiji Temple and Fukui City Castle Town
All Year Round
08:30 - 18:00
|25,300 / 17,800
|14,500 / 11,000
1 Day Tour from Kanazawa: Eiheiji Temple and Fukui City Castle Town
Often overlooked when travelers head along the Sea of Japan, Fukui is another one of Japan’s prefectures that has as much history and natural beauty as any other. As the entrance to the Hokuriku region, Fukui has served as a crossroads for trade routes and arena for war throughout Japanese history. This tour will have you walk by a castle as well as a temple where buildings from the former castle were moved. Then get stunning views of the modern city skyline from a hill with over a thousand years of history. Finally, explore one of the head temples of Zen Buddhism in an idyllic mountain setting. Let’s dive deep into a lesser traveled area of Japan that will leave you wanting to come back to Fukui for more.
- Walk around the castle town of Fukui, with an interesting “rainbow” shrine and castle walls
- Enter two different rooms that were moved from the castle to a temple that were actually used by daimyos over 150 years ago
- Climb the small Atagozaka Slope to get the best views of the ever changing view of the Fukui City skyline
- Explore stunning Eiheiji Temple, one of the head Zen Buddhist temples with its beautiful mixture of centuries old cedar trees and Japanese architecture
*For those looking to join the tour from Tokyo or start from Fukui, please see the FAQ Section below
This tour will start at Kanazawa Station at 8:30 A.M., where your guide will meet you in front of the Information Center near the Shinkansen Ticket Gates. You will have the opportunity to put your belongings in a coin locker at the station as well if you feel the need.
Soon after grouping up we will hop on the train to Fukui. The about 40 minute ride will give you an excellent view of the mountains to the west. They are especially stunning from December to April when they are covered in snow.
After arriving at Fukui Station, you will be greeted by some unlikely hosts, a multitude of dinosaur statues. This prefecture is the location of Japan’s largest archaeological dig and has a few dinosaurs named after it. There will be time to walk around the station and find some of the more artistic and funny ones. Those starting the tour from Fukui Station will join us near the turnstiles inside the station. Please see the meeting points section below.
For the next section of the tour we will walk to the castle ruins. It is most famous for its great walls and moat and even more unusually, the prefectural office and police headquarters inside. The walls are original to the construction but there is also a bridge that faithfully reproduces what it looked like during the Edo period. There wasn’t a keep for many years so instead the gates around the castle were reinforced to act as the final line of defense, making it unique among castles in Japan.
A short walk away from the castle is a shrine that has recently become popular because of the origami cranes that are hung at the entrance. The cranes are a really striking visual that imbues hope for a better future. Following the shrine is walk and short bus ride to a different part of the city.
This area of the city has a long history, recorded in historical records from before the 700s. We will walk along the edge of a large hill until reaching Zuigenji Temple. This temple has two rooms from the former Fukui castle. They were both rooms where the daimyo used to conduct his private business and often slept. One of the rooms is preserved as is from that time period. The stunning details and colors used by the Japanese upper class is something to marvel at.
The final stop before lunch is the Atagozaka or the Atago Slope. This is a series of staircases that lead up to the top of a large series of hills. One of the oldest shrines in all of the prefecture as well as probably the best view of Fukui City’s modern skyline is near the top. The brand new buildings against the tree-covered mountains in the background is really beautiful.
Coming down from the view point, we will head towards the Katamachi area near the station where you will have time for lunch. Feel free to ask your guide about recommendations. The local specialties in Fukui City are Echizen soba noodles and katsu(fried port cutlet).
The afternoon part of the tour will start by gathering at Fukui Station and hopping on a direct bus to Eiheiji Temple. It is one of the head temples of the Zen Buddhist sect that has been in existence since the 1200s. Many of the buildings and cedar trees that surround them are said to be from around the founding, making them about 680 years old. This makes for an unbelievable sight, especially during the autumn months.
There are so many great angles to find that mix traditional architecture and timeless nature, both on the temple ground itself and around it. As we slowly walk through the complex your guide will talk about the history of Zen Buddhism, Eiheiji Temple and their importance to Japanese history.
You will be given some time to explore the temple and town for yourself so try to find that perfect picture spot or just decompress in the chilly mountain air. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your guide!
After getting a taste of Zen in its Japanese homeland, we will head back to the hustle and bustle of city life. We will get on a direct bus back to Fukui, that will take just under 30 minutes. At Fukui Station it will be time to leave our friends and say the first goodbyes of the day. The final part of the tour is a train to Kanazawa and should get us back home by 18:00. Just in time for dinner! Here we will say our goodbyes but if you have any questions about Kanazawa city or ideas for what to eat/do, please do not hesitate to ask!
|Start your tour at Kanazawa Station, where your guide will greet you and begin the tour.
The meeting point will be outside the Shinkansen ticket gates, in front of the information center sign. We will then get on the train to Fukui.
|Arrive at Fukui Station and start the tour by walking around the station to find all the interesting dinosaur statues and art. We will then depart to see the castle walls and bridge before stopping over at the "rainbow" shrine.
|We will get on the bus and head to a different side of the city where we will see a daimyo's room turned temple, a hill view history that stretches back over a millennium and the best view of the city skyline.
|It's time for lunch! Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations for local Fukui specialties.
|Meet back up at Fukui Station so we can get on the direct bus to Eiheiji Temple.
|Arrive at Eiheiji, one of the head temples of Zen Buddhism and discover the surreal blend of Japanese traditional architecture and a natural environment that is just as beautiful. We will have the chance to walk around the temple and learn about the history and importance of this Buddhist sect and this temple in particular. You will also have some time to explore at your own pace as well.
|After exploring the temple grounds and shops around it, we will get on the bus back to Fukui Station.
|Arrive back at Fukui Station and transfer to the train so we can get back to Kanazawa.
|Arrive back at Kanazawa and say goodbyes!
TOUR MEETUP POINT
1 / KANAZAWA STATION @ 8:30 A.M.
The meetup point is outside of the Shinkansen ticket gates, in front of the information center. If you are heading out from the gates, look forward and to the right and you will see a four large sumo wrestlers lined up. This is where we will be meeting. For those coming from outside the station, you will find this sign immediately inside of the East Entrance of Kanazawa Station. You may wait nearby there until the tour begins at 8:30 A.M. Be sure to look for the guide wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag.
2 / FUKUI STATION @ 9:30 A.M.
The meeting point for those joining us from Fukui Station itself is right next to the ticket gates, on your right, as you exit. It is it also in front of the waiting area. We will be coming from Kanazawa so we will exit form these tickets gates to meet you almost exactly at 9:30. Be sure to look for the guide wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag.
- Transportation to and from Fukui Station(Kanazawa Start), Eiheiji and the local Fukui bus
- English speaking guide
- Entry fee at Eiheiji Temple
- Guided Tour at Zuigenji’s castle rooms, Eiheiji Temple and other locations
- Shinkansen/Transportation to Kanazawa Station start point
- This tour involves several hours of walking in the outdoors. We recommend that you wear shoes and clothes which are easy to walk in. Please check the weather forecast before you head to the meetup point and prepare an umbrella or rain coat if necessary.
- In winter the temperatures will be below 10℃ at the high , and in the morning and evening may be close to or below 0℃. Please wear warm clothing and footwear appropriate for snowy and cold conditions. There may also be snow and ice on the road/sidewalk, and so you should take care to not slip by preparing the correct shoes for such conditions.
- There will be free time along the way for guests to enjoy the locations at their own pace. However, please make sure that you are at the respective meetup points at the time stated by your guide. If you get lost or need assistance, feel free to call the number which is listed on your tour pass, and our staff will assist you immediately.
- I’d like to join this tour from Tokyo/Nagano. Is that possible?
- Yes, it is possible to do so!
For those coming from Tokyo, please ride the Shinkansen departing Tokyo Station at 6:16 A.M., to arrive in Kanazawa at 8:43. The train to Fukui will leave at 8:48 so please let us know ahead of time that you are coming form Tokyo so we can meet you at the Shinkansen gates and give you your tickets.
For those leaving from Nagano, you can catch the same Shinkansen from Nagano Station at 7:38 A.M.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.
- Can I start the tour in Fukui?
- Yes, you may start the tour in Fukui. Please be inside Fukui Station in front of the waiting area/ticket gates by 9:30. Also, please make sure to select that option when booking the tour because there is a difference in price.
- I have the JR Pass. Do I need to pay for the train between Kanazawa and Fukui?
- No, you don't. Please select the Fukui start when making your reservation.
Please take the 8:48 Thunderbird train from Kanazawa and get off at Fukui Station. It will arrive at 9:30 so please meet up with the group at 9:35 at the West Gate.
If you find the group in Kanazawa Station, feel free to join and head to Fukui Station together. Just make sure to tell the tour leader that you are a JR Pass holder.
If you have any concerns, feel free to send an email to the company.
- Can I choose to end the tour in Fukui, instead of returning to Kanazawa?
- Yes, you may stay in Fukui to end the tour.
However, please note that locations other than returning to Kanazawa are not included in the cost of the tour.
- What should I wear/bring?
- Please wear clothing appropriate to the season in which you are taking the tour, and check the weather forecast ahead of time. Guests may wish to bring rain coats or umbrellas on rainy days, or sunscreen to avoid sunburn during the summer months. In the winter months, the air temperatures will be cold (10 to -5 ℃ on average), and so gloves, winter boots, warm hats, and hand warmers are recommended. Otherwise, please feel free to bring any other items, such as water or a snack, which you would normally carry when walking in the outdoors.
- Can I add accommodation to my tour booking?
- Yes. We can help book accommodation for guests who will be spending the night in Kanazawa, or nearby areas. Please send us an inquiry if you would like to request help.
- Is this tour wheelchair accessible/appropriate for guests with limited mobility?
- The nature of this tour means it is not wheelchair accessible and may not be appropriate for guests with limited mobility, given the amount of walking involved. Should this be of concern, contact us prior to booking to discuss options.
- Is lunch included on this tour?
- No. This tour does not include lunch however there will be opportunities to purchase food and drinks during the tour. If you prefer to, please also feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you.
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Snow Monkey Resorts Tours
Nagano City Kurita 1015-7, NK Copo 202, Nagano, 380-0921 Japan
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Travel Service Supervisor: Tomoko Kasahara
All Year Round
08:30 - 18:00
|25,300 / 17,800
|14,500 / 11,000