The following precious constructions, ex-residences of wealthy merchants, and old prestigious shops constitute integral part of old residential district in Mikuni with nostalgic atmosphere.
The residence where Jun Takami, a famous novelist, was born
Residence of the Kishinas
Mikuni minato machiyakan
The Shian Bridge
The history of Mikuni originates in Mikuni minato, or Mikuni port, which used to be a part of a manor of a big temple in the Middle Ages. Since then Mikuni gradually developed into what we see today.
Naritasan Fukui betsuin (Branch temple of Naritasan in Fukui)
Tojinbo, famous precipitous cliffs and strange-shaped rock facing the Japan Sea, is a scenic spot known well in TV suspense dramas as well.Dynamic and spectacular view of the Japan Sea in Tojinbo welcomes you every time you visit there.
Shopping street of Tojinbo
Ouike and sightseeing boats
This is a route that passes through the shopping lane of Tojinbo whose shops lines up in a row and reaches the observation terrace near the rocky area by the sea commonly known as Ouike which literally means in Japanese “a big pond”. Many tourists take pictures with a signboard of “Tojinbo” put up in Ouike and grand view of the Japan Sea against them. Boarding point of sightseeing boats of Tojinbo is also located in Ouike. This is the spot we recommend to people who want to enjoy spectacular view besides having lunch and buying some souvenirs in a limited amount of time. Biting into hot, broiled squid or Japanese scallop while walking slowly down this lane looking at shops on each side of it is also one of the typical ways to enjoy Tojinbo.
Especially the beauty of the setting sun that turns the whole horizon a crimson red is overwhelming. Please enjoy dramatic beautiful view which is designated as one of Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Sunset.
Spectacular view of Oshima Island
Strolling route full of greenery
This is the course where you walk for about ten minutes along the promenades stretching into two opposite directions from the observation terrace. If you walk to the left, you can see strange-shaped rocks called Lion Rock and Candle Rock. This is known as a vista point for spectacular sunset where photographers love to take pictures. If you walk to the right, you will see two rocks called “Couple Rocks” that look like a happy husband and wife. This route is recommended to people who want to avoid noisy places and walk slowly and calmly. If you take a sightseeing boat and look at all these strange-shaped rocks from the distance, you can find why they got their peculiar names.
In this walking route, you can appreciate a grand work of art by great nature made up of the sky, the sea, and rock which constantly change their appearance. We are sure you will find another different aspect of Tojinbo.
Vermillion bridge leading to Oshima Island
This is a walking course which stretches from Tojinbo to Ariso promenade and also from Tojinbo cliffs to Oshima Island, each of which stretches for 2 km and it takes you 30 minutes to walk respectively. If you have extra time and physical strength, please do try these courses. Ariso promenade is also called “a walking course of literature” where you can find slabs with a haiku cut on them composed by men of letters and poets, including haiku poets related to Mikuni such as Jun Takami, Tatsuji Miyoshi, and so on. Another promenade leading to Oshima Island also known as an island of God is a walking course that heals your mind. While walking, you can see peaceful daily life of a fishing village. The view of Tojinbo seen from Oshima Island after crossing a vermillion bridge leading to this island is another wonderful sight to see. When you walk along these courses, we recommend you to wear shoes you are accustomed to wearing for walking.