Fukui’s Prefectural Facilities, Open Facilities Listed Here

Fukui’s Prefectural Facilities, Open Facilities Listed Here

Novel Coronavirus, March 15th to 24th, Some Outdoor Facilities Reopening

On March 13th, concerning the preventative measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Fukui Prefecture has listed the facilities which will be closed during March 15th to 24th. Seven facilities, including the Fukui Children’s Museum (in Fukui City), have extended its closures. Meanwhile, nine outdoor facilities, including the Prefectural Children’s Science Museum (in Sakai City), and seven other facilities, including the Fukui Undo Park (in Fukui Park), will reopen.

Indoor children’s facilities will generally remain closed, but the outdoor facilities will open, while drawing attention to the potential danger of infection through use of the playground equipment.

The status of prefectural facilities for March 15th to 24th are as follows:

  • [Open Outdoor Facilities (Closed Indoor Facilities)]
    • Children’s Science Museum (Sakai City)
    • Fukui Children’s Hall (Oi Town)
    • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (Katsuyama City)
    • Fukui Kenko no Mori-Kenko Sports Center (Fukui City)
    • Fukui Prefectural Green Center (Sakai City)
    • Fukui Shonen Sports Park (Fukui City)
    • Engei LABO no Oka (Mihama Town)
    • Naisuimen Sogo Center (Fukui City)
    • Kanegasaki Green Field (Tsuruga City)
  • [Open Facilities (Possibly with Some Closed Areas)]
    • Fukui Prefecture Livestock Examination Ground-Nakayoshi Tongari Farm (Sakai City)
    • SME Educational Facility (Fukui City)
    • YOU-I-Fukui (Fukui City)
    • Fukui Agricultural Business Center (Echizen City)
    • Wakasa Wan Energy Research Center (Tsuruga City)
    • Technoport Fukui Sogo Park (Sakai City)
    • Fukui Undo Park (Fukui City)
  • [Closed Facilities]
    • Okuetsu Takahara Seishonen Shizen no Ie (Ono City)
    • Awara Seinen no Ie (Awara City)
    • Sabae Seinen no Ie (Sabae City)
    • Mikata Seinen no Ie (Wakasa Town)
    • Fukui Children’s Museum (Fukui City)
    • Fukui Kenko no Mori-Ikigai Cultural Exchange Center (Fukui City)
    • Climbing Center (Fukui City)

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1047807

Effects of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Favourable for Tourism in Fukui

Effects of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Favourable for Tourism in Fukui

5 Year Since Kanazawa Opening, Anticipation with Tsuruga Extension

On March 15th, the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension connecting Nagano and Kanazawa will hit its 5th anniversary. The total number of passengers has surpassed 43 million; with this ridership, Fukui Prefecture has been able to maintain its favourable tourist numbers. In preparation for the opening of the extension between Kanazawa and Tsuruga after three years, Fukui Prefecture has postured itself to accelerate the refinement of its measures to attract tourists.

During the Hokuriku Shinkansen’s first year (March 14, 2015 – March 13, 2016), the number of passengers totalled to 9.258 million, and continued to maintain a steady ridership. Within its fifth year (March 14, 2019 – February 2020), in October 2019, Typhoon Hagibis caused flooding in a train yard in Nagano City (Nagano Prefecture), affecting the ridership numbers, totalling to 7.906 million; nonetheless, this is still more than double the number of passengers which had used the conventional train lines (3.142 million) before the Hokuriku Shinkansen was operating.

With such ridership figures, tourist attractions within Fukui Prefecture were able to maintain its strong tourist numbers within 2019. According to the Fukui Prefectural Tourism Department, looking at the preliminary figures for the main tourist facilities for 2019, the Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins (in Fukui City) received 1.057 million visitors, 335 thousand more than the previous year. Compared to before the Kanazawa extension opened (at 687 thousand visitors in 2014), it is a 1.5 times increase.

The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama City) received 983 thousand visitors in 2019, a 96 thousand visitor increase compared to the previous year, and the Kehi Jingu Shrine (in Tsuruga City) was visited by 745 thousand people, with a 24 thousand increase from the last year.

“The effects of the Shinkansen are still ongoing. One of the primary factors for the increased visitors last year is a popular television program featuring a number of tourist spots within the prefecture, and there was also Golden Week in May which held a 10-day holiday,” explained the tourism department in an analysis.

Riding on the favourable conditions of the situation, the prefecture has been formulating a plan, the “FIRST 291”, which contains measures towards the opening of the Tsuruga extension in three years time. The main pillars of the plan are the “Enhancement of Information Distribution and Promotion” and the “Enhanced Improvement of Tourist Attractions and Hospitality”. After the plan is formulated within the year, it will be carried out immediately in the new fiscal year, in a strategy to increase the number of tourists.

The Fukui Prefectural Shinkansen Operation Establishment Department described its aim of “Improvement” summarizing its concept as “uniting the stimulation of intellectual curiosity and the desire for personal experience”, considering it as a way to effectively appeal towards tourists.

“Starting with the Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, which is undergoing functional enhancements, the charm of the tourist attractions in Fukui, including the Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins, is ‘knowledge’. It is not just about enjoying the sights, it is being able to take in and bring home the knowledge,” explained the department enthusiastically.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1042950

Novel Coronavirus Leaves Facilities Within Fukui Prefecture Quiet

Novel Coronavirus Leaves Facilities Within Fukui Prefecture Quiet

Increased Book Borrowing at the Library in Preparation for Suspension

In the midst of the continued infection of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), on Sunday, March 1st, facilities within Fukui Prefecture, usually bustling with children and families, were quiet. Even in outdoor facilities where it is more difficult for a crowd to gather, parents and children were still discrete in their play. In libraries, families stood out in borrowing books, in preparation for the long school break from March 2nd.

At the Fukui Prefectural Library (located in Fukui City), asking students to practice self-discipline, the facility stated that on a normal weekend, there would be a line of 200 to 300 junior high school students lined up, waiting for the library to open; on the 1st, there was almost no children in sight. During this time, the library’s free study space would be full of students studying for the entrance exams, with an adult sitting in each four-person space, reading a book.

In response to the school closures, the library reported that people are borrowing about 5 more books than usual, going up to 15 books, considering more time will be spent at home. The number of visitors on February 29th were roughly 20-30% lower than normal, but compared to the Saturday and Sunday averages of the month, there were at least 1,000 more books loaned out, totalling to about 4,500 books. A Fukui City woman (aged 40) with her two daughters explained, “Because of the school closure, we’re borrowing more than usual,” taking 30 books on loan.

In Wai-Plaza Shinbo (located in Fukui City), “Asobi MA-RE”, an indoor amusement area for parents and children, there were roughly 20 people, with a staff member commenting, “It is usually bustling with about 200 people on a normal Sunday.” The facility will be closed from March 2nd to 13th.

At the temporarily closed prefectural science centre for children (known as “Angel Land”, located in Sakai City), regardless of the exceptionally fine weather during the winter season, there were much less children playing in the outdoor plaza. A woman (aged 35) from Fukui City explained her reason for visiting with her 3 six-year-old boys, “We didn’t want to go to a shopping centre, where there would be a lot of people; if we’re outside, we can maintain distance from other people.” When the children intend to interact with the playground equipment, they would not take food or drinks with them.

“Prioritizing the children’s safety, and to prevent infection, please refrain from being in the outdoor plaza,” expressed Angel Land in a statement.

Until March 15th, many facilities frequently visited by children, including the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (located in Katsuyama City) and the Fukui Children’s Museum (located in Fukui City), are closed.

“Until spring, there will be many days with bad weather, and if the closure continues, it will be problematic for the facilities,” says a man (aged 39) visiting Angel Land with his family, expressing his worries.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1039387

Dinosaur Train, Operated by Echizen Railway

Dinosaur Train, Operated by Echizen Railway

Tourist Attraction: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Support from Fukui Prefecture

With eyes set on the 2023 spring opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line extension within the prefecture, Fukui Prefecture brings focus onto the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (located in Katsuyama City) as a centrepiece for drawing in tourists, with an initial budget for 2020 drafted at ¥1,035,070,000 for expansions and functional enhancements of the facilities. A “Dinosaur Train” and Dinosaur Hotel” project has also been planned out in the background, to support the museum.

In regards to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum’s enhancements, with a 2023 summer reopening in mind, ¥447,670,000 has been allotted for the expansion project costs, and ¥587,400,000 for the landscaping costs on the museum’s west wing. The museum extension will have event halls and special exhibition room in the 1st and 2nd basement floors. The main building of the museum, which was sculpted into an egg-shaped dome, has been established as a symbol for the museum; the integrity of the museum’s design in being taken into consideration.

In line with the expansion and renovation projects, discussions will also be held with Katsuyama City, to start work on methods to promote trips and accommodations within the prefecture. ¥122,350,000 has been allotted to support those working on projects, including of the Dinosaur Train and Dinosaur Bus, which will be furnished to evoke the image of dinosaurs, and also the project to bring the Dinosaur Hotel into reality.

The Dinosaur Train will be operated by Echizen Railway. In addition to remodelling already existing trains to roll out this summer, preparations to introduce new train cars to operate in three years is in progress.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1032269

Doraemon, Big Adventure in Katsuyama During the Cretaceous Period

Doraemon, Big Adventure in Katsuyama During the Cretaceous Period

The Prefectural Dinosaur Museum as Supervising Director, a Book to Fully Enjoy Doraemon’s New Film

Doraemon and friends, on a big adventure in Katsuyama, one hundred and twenty million years in the past!

On January 22nd, an educational mook was released for sale by Shogakukan, for those wanting to fully enjoy the upcoming film, “Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur”, which will show in theatres nationwide from March 6th. In cooperation with the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, located in Katsuyama City, to be part of editorial supervision, an educational manga was compiled where Nobita and other regular characters find various fossils, including that of a Fukuititan, transforming into a herd of dinosaurs during ancient-period Katsuyama, and leading to chaos.

The project began development from fall of 2019, and marks the museum’s fourth collaboration with Doraemon. The prefectural governor of Fukui, Tatsuji Sugimoto, made the announcement during a scheduled press conference on January 22nd.

The B5 size mook is 102 pages. It features a rampaging dinosaur from the film, in a high-quality illustration. Based on the latest research, many topics including the dinosaurs’ ecology and extinction are explained in an easy-to-understand format.

The included education manga is 26 pages long, and follows a story where Doraemon and Nobita visit an excavation site in Katsuyama City’s Kitadani-cho, in an effort to find treasure. The museum’s chief research officer, Masateru Shibata (aged 44), makes an appearance in the manga as himself; he talks about the fossil cleaning operation done in the museum, and the difficulties involved in excavation.

Using a secret gadget to travel to the Cretaceous Period, Doraemon and his friends cross paths with the Fukuiraptor and Fukuisaurus, turning into an amusing adventure story.

The mook is currently on sale in bookstores across the country for ¥800 (tax excluded).

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1015339