Ainoki Family Residence
(Nationally designated important cultural property)

Known as the residence of the Ainoki family noted in connection with the Asakura family who ruled over this Echizen area from before the Warring States period (1467-1568), this mansion was thereafter inherited by the family's descendents who served as a head official of the village ("Shoya") during the Edo period (1600-1868).


(pine trees in memory of young lord)

The history of the pine trees dates from the Nambokucho (Northern and Southern Courts) period (1337-1392) when the two rival imperial courts were in conflict to claim the legitimate right to rule, which caused Takatsune Ashikaga, the then military governor of the Echizen area, to be involved in the conflict, requiring a nursemaid taking care of his boy prince to flee to a safe distance with the boy. However, both underwent such a hot pursuit of the enemy that they were forced to resign themselves to taking their own lives at this area. The villagers felt great compassion for both and constructed a tomb for them with pine and cherry trees planted around it to appease their souls.

Shinmeigatani Sueki Kama-ato
(Remains of unglazed ceramic "Sue" ware kiln)
(Fukui Prefecture designated cultural property)

The remains of the kiln has retained its almost original form, presenting very valuable information to let us know that the history of Ozowara, Echizen town as a district for production of ceramic ware dates back to old times


越前金刀比羅山宮 Echizen Kotohirasangu
(Shrine dedicated to the guardian deity of seafarers)

The shrine has its annual festival on July 8 to 10, attracting many of its devotees especially on this occasion.

陶寿園 Tojuen (old-age persons' welfare center)

The center is welfare facilities for the aged, equipped to allow them to spend a day in a comfortable way for relaxation while taking a bath in its characteristic mineral spring containing various types of ions effective in curing rheumatism and neuralgia.

Iwamoto Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy)

Engraved on the face of rock in this area, the array of 11 images of the Goddess of Mercy, believed to date from around the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868), is a rare sculpture in a relief style, which distinguishes it from other "Magaibutsu" Buddhist images line-engraved on rock walls, making it the only one of its kind found in Fukui Prefecture.


Hanamizuki (dogwood tree) -dori (street)

The portion of national road No. 365 running in front of the Community center of the town, which constitutes its main street, is lined with footpaths paved with ceramic plates associated with Echizen ware and gardens of dogwoods designated as the town's official flower. In addition, the street is decorated with "Hanamizuki (dogwood tree)-to (lamps)" designed in the shape of pots and dogwoods, brightly illuminating the road at night.


Semimaru-no-haka (grave)

The story associated with Semimaru, a legendary poet well noted for the piece of poem he composed in association with "Osakayama," has been transmitted from generation to generation in Suenotani, Echizen town. Legend has it that Semimaru, after his long wanderings from place to place through the nation, finally arrived at the Suenotani and became sick during his stay at a farmer's house in this area, leaving to the farmer his dyeing wish for the construction of his grave in this district.


しだれ桜 Shidare (weeping) -zakura (cherry tree)

This cherry tree in the precincts of Hokkeji Temple blooms with wonderful flowers on its weeping branches in every spring, giving people visual pleasure.