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

Dinosaurs & Abura-age: #1 in Japan, Video Stream

Dinosaurs & Abura-age: #1 in Japan, Video Stream

Made by the Fukui Prefecture, A New Series on SNS

As a way to promote the charm of Fukui to those outside the prefecture, Fukui Prefecture’s public information department launched a new video series for social networking sites (SNS). The theme is “#1 in Japan: Fukui Prefecture”. The first segment introduces the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. A manager enthusiastically said, “We are working in anticipation for the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line extending to Tsuruga in three and a half years. In order to attract more people into Fukui Prefecture, we want to broadcase about many of Fukui’s aspects that are the best in Japan.”

Video broadcasts towards the other prefectures began from July 2016. The prefecture’s public information department also broadcasts on their Facebook page and Youtube channel “Oideyo! Fukui!” (「おいでよ!ふくい!」; “Come to Fukui!”). Up to now, the series has reported on various tourist attractions and activities within Fukui Prefecture.

The first broadcast of the new series talked about the excavations of new dinosaur species in Fukui; of the 7 new species found in Japan, 5 were found within Fukui Prefecture, and so, “in the amount of new dinosaur discoveries, Fukui is #1 in Japan!” The broadcast also featured the exhibits within the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and an activity area outside the museum, where people can try digging fossils.

We will continue to create straightforward videos with good tempo,” said a production staff.

From here on, one video per month is planned to be broadcast, featuring topics such as “#1 in Japan: Consumption of Abura-age” and “#1 in Japan: Eyeglass Frame Production.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/969774