Domestic Travel Restrictions Lifted Across Japan, Fukui’s Tourist Attractions During the Weekend

Domestic Travel Restrictions Lifted Across Japan, Fukui’s Tourist Attractions During the Weekend

Number of Tourists from Outside the Prefecture Increased from 20% to 60%

On June 20th, Japan entered its first weekend after the domestic travel restrictions, placed by the Japan government, requesting self-restraint, was lifted; travellers have begun returning to tourist spots within Fukui Prefecture, raising anticipation for the return of crowds.

At Rainbow Line Summit Park, which spans across Mihama and Wakasa towns, and completed its renovations during the spring, has around 180,000 visitors in a year, approximately 70% of which are from outside the prefecture. During the past few days, the number of visitors from outside the prefecture went no higher than around 20%; however, on the 20th, that number increase to around 60%. License plates from the Kansai and Chukyo regions were conspicuous in the parking areas, which became fully occupied by 11 of the late morning.

“When the domestic travel restrictions were lifted, Fukui was the first to come to mind, which is why we came here. It feel refreshing, for the children as well, to go sightseeing outside our prefecture after such a long time,” said a family of tourists from Shiga Prefecture.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1108758

Fukui Prefectural Green Center, Completely Closed

Fukui Prefectural Green Center, Completely Closed

Until May 6th, Four Additional Michi-no-Eki Closed

On April 30th, in an effort to reduce the amount of traffic across the prefecture during the long holiday, Fukui Prefecture announced that the Fukui Prefectural Green Center (in Sakai City) will be completely closed from May 1st to the 6th, which includes its outdoor facilities, such as the open space lawn, and parking area.

Furthermore, the Michi-no-Eki (“roadside station”) in four locations will also be completely closed, including its parking areas, washrooms, and information booths, during May 1st to 6th; the four locations are “Ichijodani Asakura Mizu-no-Eki” in Fukui City, “Nishiyama Park” in Sabae City, “Zen no Sato” in Eiheiji Town, and “Mikatagoko” in Wakasa Town.

“Uminpia Oi” in Oi Town and “Seaside Takahama” in Takahama Town have already been closed, making 6 of the 15 Michi-no-Eki within Fukui Prefecture inaccessible.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1079060

Novel Coronavirus, Total of 5 COVID-19 Related Deaths in Fukui Prefecture

Novel Coronavirus, Total of 5 COVID-19 Related Deaths in Fukui Prefecture

First COVID-19 Case in the Reinan Area

On April 18th, Fukui Prefecture reported that a patient who had been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has passed away. Within the prefecture, it is the 5th COVID-19 related death. In addition, there has been confirmation of the first COVID-19 case within the Reinan area.

Regarding the person who had passed away, in respect to the strong wishes of the family, the person’s gender, age, and residence has not been published.

Furthermore, the prefecture reported the confirmed COVID-19 infection of a Wakasa Town unemployed female (in her 30s), and of a Fukui City male company employee (in his 40s); this brings the total number of confirmed cases within the prefecture to 106, with 4 patients in serious condition.

Concerning the case of the Wakasa Town female, it is the first confirmed COVID-19 case within the Reinan area. During the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms, she had travelled within the Tokai and Kansai regions. On April 14th, she experienced a fever of at least 38⁰C. On the 17th, she took a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and was confirmed as positive for the virus.

As for the Fukui City male, a colleague had been infected with COVID-19, and became a close contact.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128267&page=1

First COVID-19 Case Confirmation in Fukui Prefecture’s Reinan Area

First COVID-19 Case Confirmation in Fukui Prefecture’s Reinan Area

April 18th, a Wakasa Town Woman

On April 18th, Fukui Prefecture reported its 105th and 106th confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of one person in Wakasa Town, and one person in Fukui City. It is the first confirmed COVID-19 case within the Reinan area.

Brief details of the 105th and 106th cases are as follows:

[105] Wakasa Town unemployed female, in her 30s

[106] Fukui City male company employee, in his 40s

For the Wakasa Town female [105], during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms, the woman had visited Shizuoka Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, and Gifu Prefecture.

The Fukui City company employee [106] has had close contact with someone who had been confirmed with COVID-19.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1070876

Perfect Amount of Sourness, Ramen with Fukui Plums

Perfect Amount of Sourness, Ramen with Fukui Plums

“Ume Ramen”, Awarded with Top Prize at a National Competition

In a ramen shop located within Fukui Prefecture’s Wakasa Town, a new item incorporating the flesh and essence of the Fukui plum has been developed: the “Ume Ramen”. Recently, the Ume Ramen received the top prize at a competition where new products, using Japanese plums from across the country, are evaluated. The medium-think noodles with Japanese plums kneaded into it, giving out a red colour, and the soup that compliments its sourness has been popular with the locals.

“Upon receiving the award, I wanted to bring more effort into promoting Fukui plums and Wakasa Town,” said Yusuke Nakanishi (aged 34), who developed the ramen.

Using the flesh and essence of Benisashi plums, which are a breed of meaty plums with small seeds, the ramen is assembled with springy noodles and a salt-flavoured soup.

“Having the perfect amount of sourness, and without being fatty, it is completed with a light flavour,” says Nakanishi, proud of his work.

“I was thinking of a way I can contribute in stimulating the local area, by using the Japanese plums that have been close to me since I was very young,” explains Nakanishi, regarding when he started development last July, going through roughly four months of trial and error. Nakanishi continually adjusted the flavour of the plums, the hardness of the noodles, and the balance of the salt flavour; and from last November, he was able to offer the item in his own ramen shop “Menya Ginga”, located in the Minamimaekawa district of Wakasa Town.

The competition that awarded the special gold prize was hosted at the National Ume Summit Convention, an event created by the 13 Japanese plum production areas spread across the country. The event took place in Shizuoka Prefecture on February 7th and 8th; among eleven other items in the competition, the Ume Ramen received first place.

On February 28th, at Wakasa Town’s Libra Wakasa, Town Mayor Yutaka Morishita presented Nakanishi with a special gold prize certificate.

“The flavour of the plums and the right amount of saltiness made it very pleasant to eat; it was received favourably at a tasting [conducted by the head of the local government]. I hope we can work hard together to establish this as a new local specialty of this town,” delivered Town Mayor Morishita in a speech.

“I’m happy to have had this chance to reaffirm the deliciousness of Fukui plums with the local residents. Taking the momentum of receiving this award, I want to continue promoting Fukui plums even more,” declared Nakanishi with enthusiasm.

The Ume Ramen is priced at ¥1,000 (tax included). The noodles and soup are also available for purchase. Inquiries can be made through Menya Ginga’s phone line: 0770 (45) 2511.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1038705