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Wakasa Province
A Cultural Heritage Linking the Sea to the Ancient Capital

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STORY

The province of Wakasa was situated along the Sea of Japan’s coastline in what is now Fukui Prefecture.
It was referred to as miketsukuni (a region that produced food offerings for the Imperial Court) and played an important role in providing foodstuffs such as sea salt,mackerel, and other marine products to the ancient, landlocked capital of Nara and Kyoto.
Wakasa's role as a source of supplying the foodstuffs led to the development of a unique culinary culture.
The coastal hub of Wakasa also connected the sea trade from China and Korea to the inland trade routes.
Local ports and castle towns sprang up and flourished along this route.
Traveling tradesmen brought with them festival customs, entertainments, and Buddhist culture that soon spread far and wide into rural farming areas and fishing villages.
This ultimately resulted in distinct cultures and customs evolving in the different villages and hamlets.
The ancient thoroughfare is now called the saba-kaido (Mackerel Road) and here visitors can experience nature, eat delicious traditional foods, attend festivals, as well as view traditional houses and roads that hearken back to the earlier days of great prosperity.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

STORYⅠ Wakasa kaido-Road
 -The main road linking Wakasa region to the former Capital conveying foods and culture-
  • TITLE

    DESIGNATION

    LOCATION
  • Wakibukuro Kofun-gun(Jounozuka Kofun, Nishizuka Kofun, Nakatsuka Kofun)

    Historic Sites and so on

  • Tentokuji Kofun-gun(Juzen no mori Kofun)

    Historic Sites and so on

  • Hikasa Kofun-gun(Kamifunazuka Kofun, Shimofunazuka Kofun)

    Historic Sites and so on

  • Remains of Okozu salt manufacturing facilities

    Historic Sites

  • Shirahige Shrine Kofun

    Obama city Historic Sites

  • Hikasa stone guidepost

    Wakasa town Cultural Properties(Stone Construction Art)

  • Miyake stone guidepost

    Wakasa town Cultural Properties(Stone Construction Art)

  • Kumagawa-juku

    Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings

  • The residence of the Ogino family

    Important Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Ex-residence of Kanbei Henmi

    Wakasa town Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Kumagawa guard house

    Wakasa town Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Tokuhoji Temple

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Historic Sites)

  • Shiraishi Shrine

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Historic Sites)

  • Okuramichi

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Historic Sites)

  • The method of manufacturing Kumagawa kudzu starch

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(raft skills)

    Wakasa town
  • Uriwari no taki Waterfall

    Wakasa town Places of Scenic Beauty

  • A fire tower and a storehouse in Miyake

    Registered Tangible Cultural Properties(Structures)

STORYⅡ Starting point of Saba-kaido Road
-Obama, a bustling port town-
  • TITLE

    DESIGNATION

    LOCATION
  • Suigetsu, an ex-luxury Japanese restaurant

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Houtouro, an ex-luxury Japanese restaurant

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Ex-Asahiza Theater

    Obama city Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Nochiseyama Castle remains and the site of the Takeda clan residence

    Historic Sites

  • Kuinji Temple

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Historic Sites)

  • Ex-second house of Fukukawaya

    Fukui Prefecture Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Old maps of the world and Japan

    Important Cultural Properties(歴史資料)

  • Obama Houze Festival

    Fukui Prefecture Cultural Properties(Intangible Folk Cultural Properties)

  • Gion Festival of Hiromine Shrine

    Obama city Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Oshiro Festival

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Intangible Folk Cultural Properties)

  • Wakuri Mibu Kyogen

    Selected Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Nishizu Shichinen Festival

    Fukui Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Wakasa lacquer ware

    Cultural Properties(Traditional crafts)

  • Hagaji Temple

    Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Honkyoji Temple

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Historic Sites)

STORYⅢ Harihatagoe (Negori-zaka slope)
-The oldest historical landscape of Saba-kaido Road-
  • TITLE

    DESIGNATION

    LOCATION
  • Saba-kaido Road (Harihatagoe)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Historic Sites)

  • Historical streetscape of Onyu

    Fukui Prefecture Preservation Districts for Groups of Old Houses

  • Kaminegori settlement

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Omizu okuri

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Intangible Folk Cultural Properties)

  • Wakasahiko Shrine

    Fukui Prefecture Tangible Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Wakasahime Shrine

    Fukui Prefecture Tangible Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Ryuzen yakushido & standing bronze statue of Yakushi Nyorai, the Healing Buddha

    Important Cultural Properties(Sculptures)

  • Tadaji Temple

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Historic Sites)

  • Wakasa Kokubunji Temple

    Historic Sites

  • Kominami Shrine (Wakasa no kuni souja)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Historic Sites)

  • Wakasa jinguji Temple

    Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Mantokuji Temple

    Places of Scenic Beauty

  • Myotsuji Temple

    National Treasures

  • Myorakuji Temple

    Cultural Properties(Structures)

  • Enshoji Temple

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Historic Sites)

STORYⅣ Saba-kaido Road leading to the ports in Wakasa region
-Villages passing down the festivals and tradition of Kyoto, the ancient capital-
  • TITLE

    DESIGNATION

    LOCATION
  • Shinto ritual performing art of Uwase Shrine

    Selected Cultural Properties(Fukui Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties)

  • Annual Shinto ritual of Kurami Shrine

    Fukui Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Annual Shinto ritual at Tenmansha Shrine

    Fukui Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Annual Shinto ritual at Tayuhi Shrine

    Fukui Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Festival at Shiimura Shrine

    Fukui Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Dance of the king at Iwakura Shrine

    Wakasa town Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Gion festival at Hiromine Shrine

    Wakasa town Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Dance of the king at Hie Shrine

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Shinto Ritual at Kunitsu Shrine

    Fukui Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Dance of the king at Noto Shrine

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Dance of the king at Tenmangu Shrine

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Rokusai nenbutsu in Uryu district

    Selected Cultural Properties(Fukui Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties)

  • Rokusai nenbutsu in Miyake district

    Selected Cultural Properties(Fukui Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Properties)

  • Rokusai nenbutsu in Nago district

    Fukui Prefecture Cultural Properties(Intangible Folk Cultural Properties)

  • Rokusai nenbutsu in Okukubotan district

    Fukui Prefecture Cultural Properties(Intangible Folk Cultural Properties)

  • Jizobon

    Undesignated Cultural Properties(Intangible Folk Cultural Properties)

  • Matsuage in Nakanata district

    Obama city Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Matsuage in Kuchinata district

    Obama city Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Five Lakes of Mikata

    Places of Scenic Beauty

  • Production technique of heshiko and narezushi

    Obama city Intangible Cultural Properties(raft skills)

    Obama city

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Nagoya Sta.(Shinkansen or Tokaido Line)〜JR Maibara Sta.(Hokuriku Line)〜JR Tsuruga Sta.(Obama Line)〜JR Kaminaka Sta.〜JR Obama Sta.(Approx. 5hr)
    • JR Osaka/Kyoto Sta.(Kosei Line)〜JR Tsuruga Sta.(Obama Line)〜JR Kaminaka Sta.〜JR Obama Sta.(Approx. 2hr50min)
    • JR Osaka/Kyoto Sta.(Kosei Line)〜JR Omi-Imazu Sta.(JR Bus)〜JR Kaminaka Sta.〜JR Obama Sta.(Approx. 2hr)
    • JR Toyama Sta.(Hokuriku Shinkansen or Hokuriku Line)〜JR Kanazawa Sta.(Hokuriku Line)〜JR Tsuruga Sta.(Obama Line)〜JR Kaminaka Sta.〜JR Obama Sta.(Approx. 3hr20min)
  • Car
    • [From Nagoya] Komaki IC(Meishin Expwy)〜Maihara JCT(Hokuriku Expwy)〜Tsuruga JCT(Maizuru-Wakasa Expwy)〜Wakasa-Kaminaka IC〜Obama IC(Approx. 2hr20min)
    • [From Osaka] Suita IC(Chugoku Expwy)〜Yokawa JCT(Maizuru-Wakasa Expwy)〜Obama IC〜Wakasa-Kaminaka IC(Approx. 2hr30min)
    • [From Kyoto] Kyoto(National Highway R367 or National Highway R161/National Highway R303)〜Wakasa Town(National Highway R303/National Highway R27)〜Obama City(Approx. 2hr)
    • [From Hokuriku region] Toyama/Kanazawa/Fukui(Hokuriku Expwy)〜Tsuruga JCT(Maizuru-Wakasa Expwy)〜Wakasa-Kaminaka IC〜Obama IC(Approx. 3hr)
  • Express Bus
    • Osaka Namba/Umeda〜Obama Sta./ Michi-no-eki「Wakasa-Obama」(Approx. 3hr)

CONTACT

  • Japan Heritage Utilization Promotion Council of Obama city and Wakasa town
  • TEL:+81-770-53-1111