Enjoy the Best of Japan at Local Sightseeing Spots

Here are some popular sightseeing spots to explore near to Grandia Housen.

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Tojinbo
Tojinbo

Mikuni Town, Sakai City (about 15 mins by car)

A spectacular series of steep, rocky cliffs that stretch for about a kilometer along the coast. These giant, pillar-shaped rocks are a unique geological formation that can only be seen in a couple of other spots in the world, and nowhere else in Japan. Formed of pyroxene andesite, the volcanic rocks are important from a geological point of view, and designated as a Japanese natural monument.

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Eihei-ji Temple
Eihei-ji Temple

Eiheiji Town, in Yoshida District (about 40 mins by car)

An important temple of Zen Buddhism, founded in 1244 by Dogen, the Buddhist scholar who brought Soto Zen to Japan from China. It is one of the head temples of the Soto Sect of Zen Buddhism.

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Kanaz Forest of Creation
Kanaz Forest of Creation

Awara City (about 15 mins by car)

The main facility was set up to display and introduce creative artworks, and visitors also have the chance for hands-on experiences of creative arts such as glass-blowing, ceramics, and fabric dyeing, all set in the middle of nature.

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Historic Ruins of the Ichijodani Asakura Clan
Historic Ruins of the Ichijodani Asakura Clan

Fukui City (about 45 mins by car)

From this former castle town, the Asakura clan ruled over the whole of Echizen for 103 years (1471-1573) during the Sengoku period of civil war. The Japanese gardens contained within have been officially designated as National Places of Scenic Beauty.

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Awara Onsen Ashiyu Foot Bath
Awara Onsen Ashiyu Foot Bath

Awara City (about 10 mins on foot)

The structure is made entirely of the finest Japanese cedar, making this a premium foot bath in the Hokuriku region. Created to feel like a Taisho era building, and featuring stained-glass windows, there are 5 different footbaths for visitors to enjoy.

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Awara Onsen Food-Stall Village Yukemuri-Yokocho
Awara Onsen Food-Stall Village "Yukemuri-Yokocho"

Awara City (about 10 mins on foot)

Yukemuri-Yokocho is located in front of the rotary outside Awara-Yunomachi Station (Echizen Railway), and features a street of small food establishments created to encourage interaction with local people and consumption of local produce. Please enjoy a selection of tasty dishes in a friendly atmosphere.

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Shibamasa World
Shibamasa World

Mikuni Town, Sakai City (about 10 mins by car)

A huge, 100 hectare leisure complex set adjacent to a national park, Shibamasa World has been featured in the Guinness Book of Records and has all kinds of entertainment, including a putter golf course, a water park with huge slides, a fully-equipped campsite, and more!

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Angel Land Fukui
Angel Land Fukui

Sakai City (about 25 mins by car)

Fukui Prefectural Children's Science Museum Angel Land Fukui is a large, immersive children's center that combines a science museum, culture hall, and play area under one roof.

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Echizen Matsushima Aquarium
Echizen Matsushima Aquarium

Mikuni Town, Sakai City (about 15 mins by car)

Here you can view about 300 kinds of sea creatures and living things from the deep, mysterious ocean. There are several fun interactive items to keep visitors entertained, as well as a bird zone, planetarium, dolphin show, and more.

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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Katsuyama City (about 60 mins by car)

A large dinosaur museum and dinosaur fossil research facility, that allows visitors of all ages to enjoy learning about dinosaurs in a hands-on environment. An educational and fun day out for the whole family!

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Kanazawa⇄Takayama (via Shirakawago)
It is recommended to take a sightseeing trip out to Hida-Takayama.

*This is an express bus operated by Hokuriku Railway Co., Ltd. You cannot get on or off at Awara Onsen. Please catch it from JR Kanazawa Station.
(From Grandia Housen to JR Kanazawa Station it takes about 46 minutes by shuttle bus and train.)

Kanazawa - Shirakawago Time 1hr 15mins
Fare 3,290 JPY (round trip)
Kanazawa - Takayama Time 2hr 15mins
Fare 6,070 JPY (round trip)
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