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Asuwa Shrine, 5 Lakes of Mikata & Echizen Ono Castle in the Sky in Fukui, Japan

Best things to do in Fukui Japan - Pierre - Maruoka Castle

Maruoka Castle.

I’m really excited to interview Pierre Leroux, who works for the Fukui Prefecture’s Public Relations Division and the Tourism Department, about Fukui, Japan. Pierre’s tips for the best things to do in Fukui are awesome because he came to Fukui with the JET Program. Although his destination was chosen for him, he loves his new home because it allows him to live in rhythm with nature, make close connections with locals, and enjoy culturally rich experiences.

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Best things to do in Fukui Japan - Pierre - Rainbow Line Summit Park

Rainbow Line Summit Park.

Fukui, Japan

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Enjoy Fukui, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Fukui Japan - Pierre - Eating an Echizen Gani snow crab on the Echizen Coast

Eating an Echizen Gani snow crab on the Echizen Coast.

Getting around Fukui

The local airport is Komatsu Airport (KMQ), which is about a 50-minute drive to Fukui. Pierre says the other option is to fly into Osaka International Airport (ITM) or Tokyo International Airport (HND) and then take the train to Fukui.Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Pierre says that the ideal situation is to rent a car when visiting Fukui. While you can take public transportation to most of the major tourist attractions, the trains and buses don’t run as often here since it’s not a big city. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Eiheiji Temple

Eiheiji Temple.

Places we talked about on the Fukui, Japan podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Pierre Leroux about Fukui, Japan. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Fukui, Japan
  • Green dots = best things to do in Fukui, Japan
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Fukui, Japan

Who is Pierre Leroux?

Pierre has been living and working in this prefecture for close to four years now. He came to Japan from Canada through the JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Program, which was founded in 1987. In his day job, he is part of the Fukui Prefecture’s Public Relations Division and the Tourism Department. Pierre likes dinosaurs, and his favorite food is soba buckwheat noodles.

Shojin ryori at Hakujukan

Pierre enjoying shojin ryori (traditional Buddhist cooking) at Hakujukan.

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You can connect with Pierre on his website and on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

We Travel There - Fukui Japan - Pierre Leroux - podcast one sheet

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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Listen to the next episode when Rebecca Gade Sawicki of Veggies Abroad shares the best things to do in Detroit, Michigan. In this episode, Rebecca and I talk about attending the Fire & Ice Festival, riding a bike in the Slow Roll, and visiting The Schvitz, Detroit’s last remaining bath house. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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