Shinmei Jinja Shrine is situated directly across the street from the Shinmei-en Hotel where I stayed in October. I woke up early and decided to take a walk. I found this shrine - the back entrance, actually. At 6AM, it was chilly, empty, and serene. The wood of the shrine building was old and dark, but there was a splash of color here and there that added beauty to everything. There were other surprises: an old beautiful wooden house, a statue of a horse, a pond, a long, long walkway leading to the main entrance. A couple walking their dog greeted me in English with a cheerful "Good morning." It was a beautiful day in Sabae, Fukui.
A nice local old-fashioned inn/hotel in the pretty rural town of Sabae in Fukui Prefecture.
This is a lovely park, known for it cherry blossoms in April, and azaleas in May. There are also a number of festivals held in the park year round. The park also includes a green lawn zone (most parks in Japan don't have grass!), an Adventure Forest, a Japanese Garden, and a zoo. An observation deck near the zoo offers up a beautiful view of the town and Hakusan mountains. When I visited the park in early October, it was just a short walk from the Sabae City Hotel, where I was staying.
Located near Nishisabae Station, and famous Nishiyama Park, Sabae City Hotel is a convenient place to stay in Sabae city. In fact, it's the largest in town, and is host to numerous wedding parties. The hotel has a very nice Italian restaurant, Il Vigore, on the 8F, and a simple, homey izakaya on the 1F, Yoshimitsu. There is also a cute little shop, just off the lobby, that sells very tasty puddings. Rooms are small but clean, and reasonably priced. Service is friendly, and staff can speak some English.
Situated on a side street in Sabae, and sandwiched in between a number of modern buildings, the Emi Photo Studio, is almost 120 years old. Established in 1905 by Mr. Yoshinosuke Emi, this elegant western style home features some beautiful architectural touches, both inside and out. The gate, a designated cultural property of the city, is charming. The building, although clearly western, features a Japanese style tiled roof. Inside, the floors are of beautiful wood. There is a strong feeling of nostalgia here, with old cameras and photos tucked into every corner and hanging on all the walls.
Japan is known worldwide for its beautiful traditional lacquer ware, and Sabae in Fukui prefecture is one of Japan's top lacquer ware spots. Dozens of highly respected, incredibly talented artists live and work here. Sabae Echizen Lacquer Ware Town is part museum, part gift shop/restaurant, part event space. This is the jumping off point for anyone who is interested in seeing (or trying) how lacquer ware is made. Also, tours can be arranged to visit some of the artists. I had an opportunity to do so, and it was an unforgettable experience!
Sky Boat is a 42m diameter Sky Boat Ferris Wheel with glass bubble gondolas on the side of Sunshine Sakae, a large shopping entertainment complex in Nagoya's CBD!
Funatsu Jinja, a venerable shrine in Sabae, Fukui, is over 1500 years old. Like many shrines, it is located in the middle of a grove of beautiful trees, some of which are very tall, and also old. This shrine faces Mt. Oo. When a shrine has a long approach, like this one does, there is real drama to your walk as you get closer and closer to the main building of worship. The main wooden gate, or torii, is quite large and majestic and was built in 1800.
If you are in the neighborhood of the Eye Glass Museum, or anywhere in Sabae actually, and you are craving American-style food, head on over to Tommy Empire. As you open