local tour plan vol.006

Since the 8th Century, Wakasa Province has been called “Miketsukuni”, or the food retailing province, because the area was in charge of providing seafood for the Imperial Court. For this reason, the area is rich in seafood like Wakasa globefish, eel, oval squid, and many others. There is also beautiful scenery at the Five Lakes of Mikata, mountains, and rivers as well as historical sites.



Travelling from Kyoto to Wakasa
By train : Take the JR Thunderbird limited express train from Kyoto to Tsuruga (50-60 minutes) and transfer to the JR Obama line to Mikata (about 30 minutes).
By car : Take national route 367 and other routes from the Kyoto Station to the Mikata station (about 2 hours).

Five Lakes of Mikata

Lakes have 5 different colours

The 5 lakes of Mikata are Mikatako, Suigetsuko, Sugako, Kugushiko and Hirugako. The sea water coming from the Sea of Japan changes its salinity from Kugushiko to the other lakes, and changing in color. Please enjoy this majestic scenery created by nature and experience their mystical power.

mikatagoko mikatagoko


It’s located on the lakeside of Suigetsuko

Drive-in Yoshidaドライブインよしだ

Have a bowl of squid!

The drive-in restaurant “Yoshida” is located near the lake side of Suigetsuko. You can enjoy a bowl of squid caught from the Wakasa Bay! The texture is so chewy and tasty! They add quail eggs, taro, nori, and soy sauce. If you are hungry, please order it as a set menu, so that you can get deep-fried squid arms. Enjoy it with the great scenery of the five lakes!

  • 70-3 Umiyama, Kaminaga-gun, Mikata, Fukui Prefecture
  • 8:30~18:00
    Close:No scheduled holidays
  • 0770-47-1438
  • None
  • Squid bowl set menu 1,500 yen
    Squid bowl 1,350 yen

Drive-in Yoshida Drive-in Yoshida


10 min drive by car

Roadside station

All the tasty foods come together!

This shop opened on March 21st, 2015. There are freshly harvested vegetables from local farmers, dried fish products made from freshly caught fish, wild bird, and Fukui’s specialty, “Fukui-ume”. The farmers will sometimes explain the best way to eat these foods. Please visit when you visit Wakasa... it’s even tax-free!

  • 22-31-1 Torihama, Kaminaga-gun, Mikata, Fukui Prefecture
  • 9:00~18:00
    Close:Tuesday (It’s closed the day after a national holiday),
    Year-end and New Year holidays
    ※No scheduled holidays between 1st July and 31st August.
  • 0770-45-0113
    (Wakasa-mikatagoko Tourism Association)
  • Available
  • wakasa-mikatagoko.jp/en/

Roadside station “Five Lakes of Mikata” Roadside station “Five Lakes of Mikata”


1 min by car/ 3 min by foot

Jomon Museum縄文博物館

A museum connects today with the past, 17 thousand years ago

There are a lot of ruins in Wakasa from the Jomon era, 17 thousand years ago. In 1991, a 17-thousand-year old varve was found in lake Suigetsuko, the largest lake of the five lakes. Its condition was well preserved and researchers from all over the world came and see it. The museum also offers workshops on making earthenware and Magatama (pre-historical beads shaped like a comma).
※Varve= A varve is an annual layer of sediment or sedimentary rock that is made of white dead plankton and black dirt.

  • 122-12-1 Torihama, Kaminaga-gun, Mikata, Fukui Prefecture
  • 9:00~17:00 (Last entry is 16:30)
    Close:Tuesday (It’s closed the day after a national holiday.)
    Year-end and New Year holidays
  • 0770-45-2270
  • town.fukui-wakasa.lg.jp/jomon/
    (Japanese text only)
  • Entrance: 200 yen (Elementary school, Junior high school and high school students) / 500 yen for adults Group discount:20% off for a group of more than 20 people

Jomon Museum Jomon Museum


15 to 30 min by car (It depends on each guesthouse)

GuesthouseTHE 民宿

Experience the real life of the locals

Surprisingly, there are about 90 guesthouses in this small town alone! Most of them are ran by fisherman, so you can experience the life of the locals in vast nature with heartwarming hospitality from the family. Imagine a relaxing time and fresh seafood for breakfast... what more could you ask for?

Guesthouse Guesthouse

2nd Day

Experience fishing
using a fixed shore net!定置網漁見学体験

See and Join the fisherman job!

During this activity, you can experience how they fish using fixed shore nets early in the morning, from their boats.
You’ll be astonished at their work and the fish they catch like hamachi, tuna, and even turtles and mola! The best part is eating the fresh fish on boat! You won’t forget this experience!
※The fishing method of using a fixed shore net is a way to catch fish by rounding up fish to the shore with the net.

  • Sekumi, Wakasa-cho, Kaminaga-gun, Mikata, Fukui Prefecture
  • It depends on the season. ※Please confirm
    Close:Tuesday (It depends on the condition) ※Please confirm
  • 0770-45-0113
  • None (Staff only speak Japanese)

Experience fishing using a fixed shore net! Experience fishing using a fixed shore net!


15 min by car

Rainbow Lineレインボーライン

Let’s view the five lakes from a park

The Rainbow Line is a road leading to Mt. Baijogatake (395-meters above sea level). The road is about 11.2km long and you can view the five lakes of Mikata and Wakasa Bay from the top of the mountain. If you go up even further, you’ll find Baijogatake park. This park is known as a sacred place for couples where they pledge their love. You can either take a lift up to the park, or walk. There is even a cable car, so you can view the beautiful scenery of Wakasa Bay at your own pace.

  • 18-2-2 Kiyama, Wakasa-cho, Kaminaga-gun, Mikata, Fukui Prefecture
  • Between May and September: 7:00~19:00
    Between 21st July and 31st August: 6:00~20:00
    Between October and April: 8:00~18:00
    close: 29th December to 1st January
  • 0770-45-2678
  • mikatagoko.com
  • ・Fee for the road, 730 yen for Motorcycles, 1,040 yen for cars.
    ・800 yen for lift and cable car

Rainbow Line Rainbow Line


25 min drive by car

“Uriwari no Taki” Waterfall

Have healthy and tasty water

This waterfall is located in back of the Tentokuji Temple. The water wells up through rocks on the mountain. The temperature of the water doesn’t change throughout the year. The waterfall is named after its cold temperature and will even crack watermelon in the hot summer. The water is filtered though many layers and creates clean water, rich in minerals. The forest around the waterfall is vast, with more than 10 thousand hydrangeas, cherry blossom, and maple trees. This natural scenery can be seen throughout the year.

“Uriwari no Taki” Waterfall “Uriwari no Taki” Waterfall


10 min drive by car


A postal town with 400 years of history

This town is located in the middle of the “Kawasa-kaido”, or the road of Wakasa, where seafood was transported to Kyoto. During the Edo era (about 150 years ago), the town prospered as a postal town, with more than 200 hotels. There are different types of architectural structures along the road like, “Tsushi-nikai”, with its low 2nd floor ceiling, and “Sodekabeudatsu”, with its fire retardant exterior. The area was designated as a national treasure in 1996 and the town still exhibits its 400 years of history.

  • Kumagawa, Wakasa-cho, Kaminaga-gun, Mikata, Fukui Prefecture
  • close: No scheduled holidays
  • 0770-45-0113
    (Wakasa-mikatagoko Tourism Association)
  • kumagawa-juku.com

Kumagawa-juku Kumagawa-juku


It depends on the shop.

Sabazushi (a kind of sushi)鯖寿司

A local traditional food

The specialty of Wakasa Bay has been Saba fish. This fish was difficult to keep because of no refrigeration at the time. The people created a way to preserve it by using vinegar and konbu. Its thick pieces of meat and vinegar rice go so well with the accent of spicy & sweet ginger as a garnish. There are shops in the Kumagawa postal town, so please give it a try.

  • Kumagawa, Wakasa-cho, Kaminaga-gun, Mikata, Fukui Prefecture
  • 0770-45-0113
    (Wakasa-mikatagoko Tourism Association)

Sabazushi Sabazushi

1st Day



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The best part of Wakasa is experiencing the daily lifestyle of the fisherman in the vastness of nature! Please enjoy the fresh seafood and experience fishing with the local fisherman early in the morning. It’s also important to visit the local museum and learn about the history of the town.

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