Oroshi soba

One of the famous things in Fukui is Oroshi soba. 

Soba is buckwheat noodles, and Oroshi refers to grated radish.

This local dish uses regular Japanese radish and bitter radish, which are put into the broth. 

Leeks and shaved bonito flakes are used as a topping. 

This is also called Echizen Oroshi Soba.

I ate this in the Shinboya soba restaurant in Mikuni. 

It was very bitter, but good. 

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Mikuniminatoza

Mikuniminatoza is a tourist center and restaurant in Mikuni town, Fukui.

The Mikuni burger is their speciality. 

The buns are made of rice flour, and pickled scallion, which is a noted product, are inside.

My friend’s kid ate it and he said it was good.

Many customers were ordering it.

Nearby, there is a delicious gelato shop called Carna.

Morita bank

This is the building of Morita bank which was made in 1920.

It is the oldest ferro-concrete building in Fukui prefecture.

Mikuni had a nostalgic townscape.

It had red light districts and a literature town in which novels were made by several writers.

I saw videos of the history of Mikuni in the town.

Learning history was fun.

Suikinkutsu

Kishina family’s house was interesting and full of old things.

But that I could hear the sound of a Suikinkutsu (water harp cave) was most fun. 

When you drop water onto these pebbles, you can hear beautiful sounds from a hole of that pole–it’s shown in this picture. 

These Suikinkutsu are also found in some gardens in Kyoto.

And I liked the garden view from upstairs in the Kishina family house.

Kishina family’s house

Mikuni in Fukui prefecture is a port town that prospered by trade during the Edo era to the early Meiji era.

This is Kishina family’s house who had run a lumber dealer business. 

It’s architectural style was called ‘Kagura date.’

It was built in the Edi era era and was fixed in the Meiji and the Taisho era. 

In those days, houses which were long like this were in arranged in a row.

And these houses opened up directly onto the port. 

It must have been convenient and I thought that was interesting.

Oshima island

Oshima island is located in Sakai city in Fukui.

It is about 2 kilometers in circumference. 

People can go there using a red bridge which is 224 meters long.

There are groves of Japanese cinnamon trees. 

Oominato shrine, which is a guardian god of the fishing industry and sea voyages, is found there. 

It is called ‘God island’ by the locals. 

Yukemuri Yokocho

There is an interesting place next to the foot bath building.

It is an Awara Onsen food stall village which is called Yukemuri Yokocho (cloud of stream side street).

Now 8 shops are open there.

Those are restaurants specializing in tebasaki (chicken wings), yakitori (chicken pieces grilled on a skewer), kushiage(fried vegetables and meat on a skewer), okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes with various ingredients), gyoza, ramen, and French.

They have their own specialities.

Each shop has only about 10 seats, so it is easy to become friendly with shopkeepers and between customers.

It was difficult to chose the shop to enter, but we went to the tebasaki and kushiage ones.

We had an enjoyable time with food and talking.

The place is in front of Awarayunomachi station of the Echizen train in Fukui.

I forgot to take pictures of the food.