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Tojinbo Cliffs

Mysterious cliffs off the Sea of Japan. Oh, and they may be haunted.

A group of cliffs with rugged honeycomb-shapes and tall columns called Tojinbo create a picturesque scene on the coast of Fukui Prefecture. These rock formations were sculpted millions of years ago by erosion and strong waves from the Sea of Japan. They’re one of the Chubu region’s most iconic and mysterious natural landmarks.

The Tojinbo Cliffs in Fukui, Japan.

Facing the Sea of Japan.

Tojinbo shopping and island hopping

Before reaching the cliffs, you’ll pass a pathway with various shops serving fresh seafood, ice cream, and more. There are plenty of souvenir stores to grab a memorable keepsake from as well. Stop in at the cafe at the end of the alley and enjoy a cup of coffee as you take in the serene views.

Tojinbo in Fukui, Japan.

A bit of shopping before your gazing?

Visitors can also join a cruising tour that allows them to get a closer view of Tojinbo, as well as its neighboring island, Oshima, which also has honeycomb-shaped cliffs. The excursion lasts for 30 minutes, and there’s a free mobile app called Tojinbo Cruise that provides information and pictures about the spots the boat tour passes by.

For those traveling with their sweethearts, there’s an observation deck called Tojinbo Tower that is known to bring luck in love. It’s because this tower houses a statuette of Hotei (the god of contentment and happiness), which gives good fortune to couples who stroke his head together.

Gaze out over Mount Hakusan and Oshima Island from the observation deck with sweeping views of the Echizen Cape.

Wait, the Tojinbo Cliffs are haunted?

The Tojinbo Cliffs in Fukui, Japan.

Why is everything in Japan haunted?

The cliffs were named after a rather unsavory Buddhist monk called Tojinbo who was loathed by the locals. According to legend, the townspeople were angered by his despicable antics, so they threw him into the ocean. However, another story says that he fell in love with a beautiful princess. Unfortunately, he was duped into going to the cliff by one of her jealous suitors who then pushed him off.

Many believe his spirit still haunts Fukui’s cliffs, especially when there is heavy rainfall and strong wind. Perhaps Tojinbo just needs a prayer to calm his restless soul.

Get off the sofa and explore more of Japan’s Great Outdoors.

Things To Know

Hours and Fees

Tojinbo Tower is only five minutes away on foot from the cliffs. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the schedule might change due to weather. It costs ¥500 for adults and ¥300 for children.

The Tojinbo Cruise is available from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. from April to October and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from November to March.

Tickets are ¥1,400 for adults and ¥700 for children. Boarding might change from Tojinbo Sightseeing Cruise’s ticket office to Mikuni Sunset Beach depending on weather conditions. Check the official website for more details.

How To Get There


Mikunicho Anto, Sakai, Fukui 913-0064, Japan

By train

From Fukui Station, take the train going to Mikuniminato, which is the last stop and the closest train station to Tojinbo. From there, it takes 30 minutes on foot. You can also take the train bound for Kanazawa from Fukui Station and change at Awara Onsen.

By bus

From Awara Onsen, the bus takes 40 minutes.

By car

If you are coming from Nagoya, Osaka or Tokyo, use the Hokuriku and Meishin Expressway. There is free and paid parking available.

Where To Stay

Mikuni Inkyojo
  • 3-7-22 Mikunicho Shuku, Sakai-shi, Fukui, 913-0056 Japan
  • ¥55,000 - ¥110,000
  • 5/5 (38 reviews)
  • 1.8 km
Awara Onsen Mimatsu
  • 26-10 Funatsu, Awara-shi, Fukui, 910-4105 Japan
  • ¥17,600 - ¥118,800
  • 4.51/5 (2,301 reviews)
  • 5.6 km
Minoya Taiheikaku
  • 50-1-1 Funatsu, Awara-shi, Fukui, 910-4105 Japan
  • ¥17,765 - ¥20,900
  • 3.82/5 (205 reviews)
  • 5.8 km
Awarano Kakureyado Yuraku
  • 2-15 Funatsu, Awara-shi, Fukui, 910-4105 Japan
  • ¥17,800 - ¥25,800
  • 5.9 km
Awara Onsen Seifuso (Fukui, Hokuriku)
  • 3-803 Seifuso, Awara-shi, Fukui, 910-4198 Japan
  • ¥9,900 - ¥31,900
  • 4.48/5 (2,429 reviews)
  • 6.0 km

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