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Sotomo, Fukui prefecture
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Eiheiji temple entrance.
Land of crafts
Far from the hustle and bustle of major Japanese cities, Fukui is not yet beset by hordes of tourists. However, its wild nature, its unique know-how and its historical heritage will seduce you. Discover this region full of traditions that borders the Sea of Japan south of Kanazawa.
Perpetuating the tradition
Beyond the sea, fields, plains and mountains that create the fantastic landscape of the prefecture of Fukui, it is the inhabitants of the region who strive to maintain the heritage they have inherited. They boast a simple lifestyle that respects their environment. The climate conducive to crops and landscapes changes with the seasons, with magnificent cherry blossoms in spring and a thick layer of snow in winter.
Without relying too much on technology, the locals have learned to live with what the earth has to offer and among these treasures, particularly pure water has greatly contributed to the development of agriculture. Whether the products are fished at sea or taken from the ground, each dish has the touch of charm and simplicity of Fukui.
Wakasa Bay is a culinary gold mine, with fishery resources whose success was well known in the ancient capital Kyoto. The path traveled by these products was even nicknamed "the mackerel route". In winter, many Japanese people fond of seafood are bored of tasting the very popular crab of Echizen, and do not hesitate to travel to distant regions to come to Fukui to feast! Thanks to the exceptional quality of the water used to water the crops, the region's chefs have only to let the flavors express themselves in their dishes.
Many skills are passed on from generation to generation, and care is taken to celebrate the nature that allows such prowess. By exploring the prefecture of Fukui, you will be able to discover the ancestral crafts which have endured for sometimes more than 1,500 years. Cradle of lacquer and paper, but also of pottery and knife, it is in Echizen that you can realize how rich the region is. Chefs from around the world are waiting for their custom-made knife by Echizen experts. The artisans will patiently and passionately share their knowledge, happy to arouse the interest of travelers in a region where tourism is not yet very developed. Most of them dedicate their lives to their art and work for decades with devotion under sometimes harsh conditions without ever complaining.
In communion with nature
Crafts are revered and many ceremonies are organized to honor for example the god of paper. Shinto belief is that gods live in the sea and in the mountains, but also in everything in between. Humans, therefore, owe respect to nature, which allows them to live within it.
In Awara, the thermal springs await travelers wishing to relax in the heart of bucolic landscapes and enjoy legendary Japanese hospitality. Breathtaking sunset followed by a spectacular fireworks display, the region is perfect for enjoying all that Japan has to offer. A spiritual getaway where relaxation is the watchword.