Mikuni has a lot of facilities for families taking advantage of rich nature of seashore and mountains. Among them, Shibamasa World and Echizen Matsushima Aquarium are two major attractive spots you should visit. In Shibamasa World, you can play all day long in various facilities. In Echizen Matsushima Aquarium, you can enjoy performance by dolphins and penguins and children can enjoy observing small marine life by walking around the rocky shore right behind this aquarium. We are sure small children and a little older boys and girls will be greatly satisfied in these two attractive spots. Another feature of leisure facilities in Mikuni is that we have many parks located in marvelous natural environment where children can have unusual experiences by playing with various types of play equipment. These spots are also perfect for adults to stroll around. Moreover, it helps us a lot that these facilities do not cost much. This enables family with many children to enjoy for days in these facilities in Mikuni.
This is a resort facility abounds in rich nature with one million square meters of site area covered with natural green turf. Shibamasa World has swimming pools (available during summertime only) and pleasant attractions for children and various restaurants and shops. This is a paradise of entertainment where you can spend all day long.
It takes about 16 minutes from Shibamasa World by car.
On a fine day, you can see cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, etc. relaxing under the sun in this station. This facility looks like a small zoo rather than a research facility where you can see these animals free of charge. (No entry into any buildings is allowed.) Since mothers are usually in charge of managing expenses at home, it’s a good place to visit for them and their children.
It takes about 12 minutes from Fukui Prefecture Livestock Experimental Station by car.
In this aquarium, performance by dolphins and humorous walking by penguins in a line are especially popular. Caretakers in this aquarium built in the scenic location by the sea think much of direct contact of the visitors with sea creatures. Barbeque held by the seashore in spring and summer and beach seining experience are also very popular among children. This aquarium is perfect for the families who value making precious memories with sea creatures in splendid natural environment.
It takes about 2 minutes from Echizen Matsushima Aquarium by car.
This is a natural park covering the area of about 230,000 square meters that keeps the landscape of Echizen Kaga Coastal Area Quasi-National Park intact. Your heart is softened by beautiful seasonal flowers and twittering of wild birds. This park also has a barbecue facility, which is good news for outdoors people.
It takes about 10 minutes from Kaihin Shizen Koen (Seaside Natural Park).
This is an athletic park where people can enjoy various kinds of sports. This park is also chosen as an excursion course of local kindergartens. We recommend you the square equipped with various kinds of play equipment for young children. This is a good place for families to interact with one another without spending much money.
We recommend seniors to enjoy the relaxing course at an easy pace, enjoying the atmosphere of an old port town as well as “hot spring and souvenirs”, which are the real pleasure of your trip. First of all, we recommend you to visit a major temple and a shrine in Mikuni, that is, Takidanji Temple and Mikuni Shrine. After enjoying old and refined atmosphere of these places, let’s visit Demura area. In a limited old district only a few minutes’ walk can cover, you can see rows of old wooden houses with a refined atmosphere that give off scent of wood that reminds us of good old days. For lunch, please be sure to relish sushi and soba noodle at a restaurant in Mikuni that serves dishes with authentic taste of Japanese food. The ingredients being extremely fresh, sushi in Mikuni is much more delicious. The same holds true of soba noodle here. Please search good restaurants food connoisseurs recommend in “Oshokuji dokoro”. If you get tired with walking, stop by Your Port, a hot spring facility in Mikuni, and soak your body in a hot bathtub watching the beautiful sea. After that, please find your favorite souvenirs at Michino eki (Roadside Station) in Mikuni.
Walking up the entrance pass paved with stone stairs, you will see a famous landscape garden which is said to be one of the best in Hokuriku region. You can also see temples and shrines designated as national treasures and important cultural properties. Please enjoy serene hush completely away from all the bustling of the city down below.
It takes about 11 minutes from Takidanji Temple by car.
An over 600-hundred-year-old huge keyaki, or Japanese zelkova tree, welcomes you to this old shrine full of mystical atmosphere. Besides Sakura-mon (Sakura-gate) that is said to have been built imitating Sakura-mon of Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, you will find many other interesting historical buildings, statues, etc. while strolling in the precincts of this shrine in profound atmosphere.
It takes about 6 minutes from Mikuni Shrine by car.
Besides the house where Jun Takami, a renowned Japanese novelist, was born, Demura area is dotted with old temples and shrines with history. There also remain old wooden residences which still convey the atmosphere of old licensed quarter. Please stroll around in a leisurely manner with a map in your hand.
It takes about 5 minutes from Demura area by car.
This is a hot spring in Mikuni with no accommodation. You can soak your body in a hot bathtub watching exquisitely beautiful view of the Japan Sea. Taking a bath watching the setting sun would be the most luxurious experience you can think of. This hot spring has various kinds of efficacy and makes your body warm for a long time after bathing.
It takes about 14 minutes from Mikuni Hot Spring Your Port by car.
This is a shop in “Michino eki (Roadside Station) Mikuni” selling farm products. You can buy not only specialty products of Mikuni, but also vegetables fresh from the local farms harvested each morning and sold at a reasonable price. This is a sort of department store of souvenirs closely tied to local communities that helps local housewives a lot with their daily shopping.
If you want to spend time in a relaxed manner with your precious person, we recommend a romantic place where you can enjoy beautiful sunset. Let’s wish good luck for both of you at Tojinbo Tower after visiting Kaihin (Seaside) Park where you feel comfortable breeze from the sea and from Oshima Island. Then, how about visiting Shoryukan which is beautifully painted in pure white? We recommend some classy restaurant for lunch that serves you fancy Italian dishes. Some people have a fixed image of Mikuni as a town of fishing industry. Recently, however, we have more and more sophisticated shops and restaurants with good reputation. When you want to choose the restaurant with refined atmosphere, search “Oshokuji dokoro” and find one. Kitamae Street is the most suitable area for dating because you can find stylish cafés and gelato shops there. When it gets dark, be sure to walk to Sunset Beach, and you will be overwhelmed by the beautiful sun sinking below the horizon.
This is a natural park covering the area of about 230,000 square meters that keeps the landscape of Echizen Kaga Coastal Area Quasi-National Park intact. Your heart is softened by beautiful seasonal flowers and twittering of wild birds. This park also has barbecue facility, which is good news for outdoors people.
It takes about 3 minutes from Kaihin Shizen Kouen (Seaside Natural Park) by car.
Crossing a vermillion bridge leading to Oshima Island, you can walk around this island which is about 2 kilometers around. You feel as if you were exploring this small mysterious island while walking. After walking through the forest with huge trees that are over one hundred years old, you can command with your precious person exquisitely beautiful view only those who made their way with great difficulty through this old shadowy forest can see.
It takes about 9 minutes from Oshima Island by car.
At the top of this tower which is 55 meters high, you can command 360-degree panoramic view. Not only Tojinbo right below this tower, you can also see Echizen Coast and Hakusan mountain range in the distance. If a young man and a woman pat the image of the Kan-non and Hotei on the heads placed in the corner of the observation platform, they are said to successfully fall in love with each other. (Hotei is a god with potbelly known as one of the seven Gods of Good Luck.) Young people who want to fall in love with each other should visit this tower by all means to pat these two images on their heads.
It takes about 9 minutes from Tojinbo Tower by car.
This is a white five-storied Western-style building with an unusual octagonal shape where precious old documents, photos, and various scale models related to Mikuni are exhibited. The observation platform of this building is known as a vista point where you can command 360-degree panoramic view of the whole town of Mikuni. Let’s take many pictures of both of you to send by email against this beautiful building on the hill.
It takes about 4 minutes from Mikuni Shoryukan by car.
How about taking a short stroll around attractive spots in Mikuni? You can visit classy cafés, gelato shops, old famous cake shops, hamburger shops serving special hamburgers cooked with local ingredients, etc. We recommend you to check these shops in advance.
It takes about 7 minutes from Mikuni Minato Kitamae dori.
Beautiful and dynamic sunset seen at Sunset Beach turns the horizon of the Japan Sea a crimson red. It is designated as one of Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Sunset. The silhouette of the pier in the setting sun designed by Escher, a Dutch engineer, in the Meiji Era is also a moving sight. Sunset Beach presents both of you the best location to finish your dating course in Mikuni.