The Echizen Pageant is a festival that is held every year in order to celebrate Fukui’s culture and important historical figures. Each year people dressed in elegant traditional Japanese clothing and armor walk a 1.5 km stretch of road in central Fukui. All along the path are beautiful sakura trees, and they look astonishing especially in April, when the festival is held. It is free of charge, and about 10 minutes away from Fukui Station, making it a very easy and fun place to go to during the Spring.
Echizen Summer Festival
The Echizen Summer Festival is a festival held every year, and is the representative summer festival of the Fukui area. It is packed with fireworks, food stalls, drinks, and fun. It is typically held on the northern coast, looking out towards the Sea of Japan, near Takefu Station. Each year the number of fireworks is increasing, and this year it was over 10,000 fireworks launched. About 60,000 people attend, and it is bound to be a great time!
Echizen Ajimano-en Park in Autumn
Want to take a break and relax? Want to get away from the urban center and enjoy the view, and drink some tea? Look no further than the Ajimano-en Park, located in Echizen city. The garden is famous for being the birthplace of many old Japanese poems and songs, and for being the home of Prince Keitai before becoming emperor in 507. The park itself is very well tended for, and looks especially amazing during the autumn, when the mountains in the distance are a vibrant red and orange. Entrance is free of charge, so you can use that money to enjoy some tea on the way!
Skiing and Illuminations in Winter
Fukui is located in what is known as the “Snow Country”, and while the other seasons look just as beautiful, Fukui’s strength lies in its bountiful snow and ski resorts. Katsuyama Ski Jam is the prefecture’s most popular ski resort, but if you wish to visit the coast, you can also enjoy delicious seafood that can be eaten fresh. Along the coast are also beautifully resilient winter flowers that are said to represent the strength of the Fukui people. Want something a little more energetic? Try visiting the Sagicho festival, where they burn huge strawmen in order to beckon the beginning of spring.