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Mikuni marugoto navi (General guide for sightseeing in Mikuni)

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Strolling route

History and literature route

Strolling route appreciating beautiful nature

History and literatureroute

Strolling route visiting rows of old houses with traditional styles

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.

Ex-Morita Bank Ex-Morita Bank

The residence where Jun Takami, a famous novelist, was born The residence where Jun Takami, a famous novelist, was born

Miyata inn Miyata inn

Residence of the Kishinas Residence of the Kishinas

Mikuni minato machiyakan Mikuni minato machiyakan

The Shian Bridge The Shian Bridge

In old district of Mikuni, you can see old residences of shipping agents standing side by side as if they completely filled the narrow, complicated alley. They tell us how gorgeous the life of wealthy merchants in those days was and what the lifestyle of ordinary people seeking refined tastes was like. Based on prosperity brought about by Kitamaebune, cargo ships that sailed the Japan Sea in the Edo and Meiji Era carrying specialty goods of various regions, unique merchant culture and craftsmanship culture developed in Mikuni. This unique atmosphere still remains quietly in the area called “Demura” that also prospered as a red-light district. While strolling around old district of Mikuni, you will feel as if you strayed into sepia-colored old, romantic world.

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Strolling route visiting temples and shrines in Mikuni

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.

Takidanji Temple Takidanji Temple

Naritasan Fukui betsuin (Branch temple of Naritasan in Fukui) Naritasan Fukui betsuin (Branch temple of Naritasan in Fukui)

Myokaiji Temple Myokaiji Temple

Shokaiji Temple Shokaiji Temple

Saikoji Temple Saikoji Temple

Eishoji Temple Eishoji Temple

Kinpoji Temple Kinpoji Temple

Wherever you walk along the streets of Mikuni, you will see many temples and shrines with refined architectural style full of sense of wabi and sabi, or taste for the simple and quiet. Is this because many people sought salvation of souls amid prosperity people once enjoyed or because Mikuni has any specific local color of being extremely religious? We feel a sense of affinity that can’t be explained well for each of these religious constructions that seem to talk their long history quietly to us. Why don’t you stop thinking the way we usually do in the hustle and bustle of our daily life and visit these temples and shrines quietly? It is said that “Kasen”, a good-looking and highly intelligent female prostitute and famous poet in Mikuni was buried in a temple somewhere around here. Stone guardian dogs called komainu in Japanese placed in front of each shrine are said to be slightly different in design from shrine to shrine, although they look almost the same. Comparing the differences in these stone guardian dogs is getting more and more popular among the visitors to Mikuni.

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Strolling route appreciating beautiful nature

Standard popular route

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 Shopping street of Tojinbo

Ouike and sightseeing boats 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.

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Casual strolling route

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 Spectacular view of Oshima Island

Strolling route full of greenery 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.

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Long distance route

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.

Ariso promenade Ariso promenade

Vermillion bridge leading to Oshima Island 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.

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Mikuni sightseeing marugoto navi (General guide for sightseeing in Mikuni)

Sakai City Mikuni Tourist Association

〒913-0063 Tojinbo, Mikuni-cho, Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture

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