Fukui Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chubu region on Honshu Island.
It faces the Sea of Japan, and has a western part which is a narrow plain between the mountains and the sea, and a larger eastern part with wider plains including the capital and most of the population. The province lays within Japan's "Snow country".
15% of the areas are designated as Natural Parks, Quasi-National Parks and Prefectural Natural Park.
Fukui prefecture is rich in historical and cultural sites. One place you should visit is the Maruoka Castle as it is the oldest remaining castle in Japan. The Fukui Dinosaur Museum may be a place to consider as well. It is said that, if you like Dinosaurs, this museum ranks high globally for its magnificent displays.
Fukui is also known for its great food. Snow crab (Chionoecetes) and mackerel are popular among the visiting Japanese. Because of the quality of the water supply here, rice and Sake are also considered very delicious.
Diving wise, Echizen area is the diving home base for Kansai divers for its easy access. Although often closed during the winter seasons, due to fishing and weather situations, the ocean itself is full of marine life.