How to travel between Fukui and Tokyo
Take a Hikari train along the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Maibara and transfer to a JR Shirasagi limited express train for Fukui. The entire one way trip takes about 3.5 hours, costs about 14,000 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
JAL and ANA operate several flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Komatsu Airport in nearby Ishikawa Prefecture. Flight duration is about one hour. The regular one way fare is around 25,000 yen, however discounts tickets are usually available for between 12,000 to 17,000 yen. Komatsu Airport is a one hour, 1400 yen bus ride from Fukui Station.
By highway bus
Daytime and overnight highway buses are operated between Tokyo (Tokyo Station and Shinjuku) and Fukui Station. The one way trip takes about 8 hours and fares range from around 5,000 to 10,000 yen. The route is also served by discount bus operators, such as Willer Express. One way fares start around 4500 yen. If used effectively, the Japan Bus Pass can reduce the cost for the bus trip to around 3000 yen. Online reservations can be made through Willer.
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Many of Fukui's attractions lie outside of the city center and can be accessed relatively conveniently by train or bus from Fukui Station, the region's major transportation hub. Traveling directly between the various attractions, however, is more difficult, and it may be easiest to travel via Fukui Station. Consequently, a rental car can be more convenient for exploring multiple sights in the region. Several rental car outlets can be found around Fukui Station.
Three railway companies operate in and around Fukui. Japan Railways (JR) operates the main line that connects Osaka with Fukui and Kanazawa and a branch line that provides access to the Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins. Echizen Railway can be convenient for accessing the Dinosaur Museum and Tojinbo. Fukui Railway is less relevant to tourists. The local bus network is operated by Keifuku Bus and is convenient for accessing Eiheiji.