Mikuni is a town surrounded by nature such as the sea, mountains, rivers, hills, etc. Mikuni has a long coastline located almost in the middle of Echizen Kaga Coast Quasi-National Park and gently-sloping beautiful hilly area that spread from the coastline. Mikuni is, as it were, surrounded by excellent nature as rich and beautiful as jewelry. Please enjoy your walk in a relaxed manner playing with water at the seashore and beach or wrapped by fragrance of greenery in the hills and fields.
Tojinbo is famous for strange-shaped rocks which are without a peer in Japan. If you come closer to the cliffs, you will be overwhelmed by their indescribable power. The attractive point of Tojinbo is the high cliffs which have long been praised as a scenic spot. Rugged rocks stretching for about one kilometer along the coastline are made up of columnar joint of pyroxene andesite, a rock which is geologically rare and is said to be found only in three spots in the entire world, including Tojinbo. The view from the top of the cliffs which is as high as 25 meters (about the same height as the 8th or 9th floor of a building) is really spectacular. This area, including Oshima Island near Tojinbo, is designated as the natural monument of Japan. Near the cliffs spread many souvenir shops and restaurants. You can also go up Tojinbo Tower from which you can command as far as Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture on a clear day. You can find various ways to enjoy Tojinbo.
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Sunset Beach is famous for beautiful sunset. The sea at this beach is shallow and clean. It is very popular among families as a safe beach. Many sea bathers visit this beach in and out of Fukui Prefecture every summer thanks to favorable conditions such as accessibility that is within easy walking distance of Echizen Railway Mikuni minato Station, many lodging facilities and restaurants close to this beach, and temporary food stalls at the beach in summer that are popular with the visitors. In winter, on the other hand, taking advantage of rough waters of the Japan Sea in wintertime, marine sports such as surfing are popular, gathering many young surfers. Mikuni Hot Spring Your Port is located in the south of Sunset Beach where you can enjoy hot spring watching beautiful sunset from the bathtub. Mikuni pier located next to this hot spring is the construction representing modern ports constructed in Japan in the early Meiji Era, constituting main facilities of Mikuni port. This pier was completed in the 15th year of the Meiji Era (1882) under the direction of Escher, a Dutch civil engineer. This is a pier with beautiful moderate curve line projecting into the sea.
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Quiet inlet of Hamaji swimming beach is especially popular among sea bathers. Clean beach and beautiful greenery surrounding the beach is attractive. An advantage of this beach is that many leisure facilities are close to it such as Echizen Matsushima Aquarium, Shibamasa World, and various camping sites. People with family can fully enjoy themselves in this swimming beach.
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This is a natural park that belongs to Kaga Echizen Coast Quasi-National Park covering the area of about 200,000 square meters with camping sites, waterwheel plant park, green turf square, flower garden, hygrophyte garden, square with play equipment, disc golf, etc. In the park where hydrangeas and plum blossoms bloom, over fifty kinds of wild birds can be seen and you can enjoy different aspects of nature from season to season. A camping site for young people has facilities such as tent site, fire circle, cooking building, etc. They also have barbecue facility which is available from April 20 to November 10.
Oshima Island is located about 2 km north of Tojinbo which is about 2 kilometers around. This is the biggest island in Echizen coast and has been worshipped by the local people from ancient times as “an island of God”. Crossing the vermillion bridge leading to the island and going up the stone stairs, you will get to holy, old Ouminato Shrine with a long history where you will feel mysterious atmosphere. Walking along the promenade stretching about one kilometer around this island, you can enjoy different view from that of Tojinbo such as huge trees over one hundred years old and cliffs by the sea eroded by ocean waves, etc.
The beauty of Echizen Matsushima is not in the least inferior to that of Matsushima in Tohoku region. That’s why it is named “Echizen Matsushima” in Hokuriku region. Moving northeast from Tojinbo along the coastline, you will find a grand rocky area among quiet fishing villages. This rocky area is surrounded by small rocky islands. You can enjoy walking up one of these islands by crossing a stone bridge or you can explore ancient remains made in the cave of the cliff eroded by ocean waves. Echizen Matsushima gives you an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of coastal area with various strange-shaped rocks and caves by the sea. Echizen Matsushima Aquarium located right next to Echizen Matsushima is an unusual facility in that it makes use of a part of the geographical feature of Echizen Matsushima. You can enjoy taking a walk along the shore right behind this aquarium. In Echizen Matsushima, you can enjoy watching calm horizon in summer and dynamic raging waves in winter.
Ariso Promenade stretches for about 4 kilometers from Komegawaki to the point close to Oshima Island by way of Tojinbo. Along the promenade stand many slabs with a haiku cut on them composed by men of letters and poets, including haiku poets related to Mikuni. Walking along the promenade for about 100 meters from the starting point, you will find aliterature monument of Jun Takami, a renowned novelist born in Fukui. I wonder how he would be feeling about his own monument erected in his birthplace. Close to it stand slabs with haiku cut on it by Kyoshi Takahama, Hakusui Ito, and Aiko Morita, who is said to have been secretly in love with Kyoshi Takahama. Besides these are a haiku slab by Seishi Yamaguchi and a monument inscribed with a poem by Kazuo Noritake.