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福井市
contains Shimizu Town (清水町), Miyama Town (美山町) and Koshino Village (越廼村)

Situated in the northern part of Fukui Prefecture which is in the center of the Japanese Archipelago, Fukui City faces the Hakusan Mountain Range in the east and the Echizen Coast in the west. To reach the Echizen Coast, famous for its beaches and rocks, you have to drive through a mountainous area. Three major rivers the Kuzuryu, the Asuwa, and the Hino, can be found in the vast plain. The Hokuriku JR Main Line runs through Fukui City while Echizen and Fukui Railroads connect the neighboring towns. Hokuriku highway, Route 8 and Route 158 are some of the main roads in Fukui City.

Conveniently located and easily reachable, Fukui City has gradually become a strong political, industrial and educational focal point for the whole of the Fukui prefecture. Enjoy your stay in Fukui city!

Town Map Useful and interesting places in Fukui City

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RESTAURANTS
Head on over to the Fukui City Restaurant Guide for more info.

MAIL AND BANKING

POST OFFICE
There are two main branches in Fukui City, one is the Central branch and the other is the Minami (South) branch. There are several smaller post offices scattered around the city but when picking up packages or sending money orders, it is better to go to one of the two bigger branches

HOURS OF OPERATION
The Central branch is located one block south of the Kencho building. The main branch is open M-F 9:00-7:00. Saturday 9:00-5:00. There is also an out-of-hours service which means nearly all services are available 24-hours, 7 days a week including holidays. For sending money home the hours are M-F 9:00-6:00. Other branches are open M-F 9:00-5:00.

ATMs
The post office also has ATMs from which you can withdraw money from your bank account at home, if you have a bank card with you. These ATMs have an English button so you don't have to worry about navigating through the Japanese.
If you get a chance, you should open up a postal account because unlike the Fukui Bank, you can access your postal account from anywhere in Japan.

FUKUI BANK
The main branch of Fukui Bank is located on the Northwest corner of Chuo Dori and Phoenix Dori.

BARS
VELOCITY
Premium Belgian Beer and Cocktails.
0 NIGHT- ¥2000 2 hr nomihoudai (whatever drink u want)on days that end in 0 ie. 10th, 20th 30th. They also have an impressive menu that includes pasta and Curry. GET THE CURRY!

TIME FLIES
Conveniently located near Fukui Station (on the corner near JTB and the main post office), this basement bar features a very friendly bartender, excellent music, Japan's top of the line creamy dark beer on tap and generally classy clientele. Also, no seating charge!

CHOP
They frequently have live bands here. Every once in a while, JETs arrange for an evening here, when the tables are moved aside and the dance fl oor opens up. The cover charge varies from 500 - 2000Yen. Go south on Phoenix Dori for quite a ways. Where the tracks curve, turn left and go under a small bridge. Turn right at the first light. Then, turn left at the fourth light (you'll see a pachinko parlor and a Family Mart). Cut through the pachinko parking lot and you'll see Chop's neon sign. (0776) 34-3558. Open 6:00-2:00. Closed Mondays.

CREME
Location: Katamachi
A hip-hop club run by the Japan DMC champion ‘97 and ‘98, DJ Akakabe. He also came 4th in the World DMC those 2 years. It's the home of the Delta Force crew, who often DJ at events in Holly's. There's a weekly reggae night on Wednesday and usually a hip-hop event on Saturday's. Entry to these ranges from 1000 - 2000 yen and sometimes includes a drink. There's a really good atmosphere. It's at the bottom of Katamachi, next to the entrance to the Metro Cinema. It's on the 2nd floor.

VIALE NAF
This bar is bigger than most by Fukui standards and has a nice modern style. There is no dance floor, its just a sit down bar but has a nice atmosphere and is usually quite busy on the weekends. The prices are the usual for Katamachi and nomihodai is ¥2500 for 2 hours, which is about 5 drinks for your moneys worth. The 300 yen cover includes some lame hor d'oeurve. Located on the main street of Katamachi, on the right facing the Pachinko, toward the Pachinko end.

BEAR'S BAR
It's close to the station and centrally located. The atmosphere is great in summer, the kimchee pizza is better and the drinks are all 500 yen. Karaoke has also been known to occur.

BUTTER
This is a grungy hole in the ground that will bring joy to the hearts of rock and rollers and punk kids -- you'll feel like you were back in college / high school / insert the period of your life when you enjoyed really loud music in a grungy hole in the ground here. There's reggae nights, too. The local kids hang out here, so it's a nice place to meet Fukui scenesters, for as much of a scene as Fukui can muster. Have fun. Butter is located in a basement off Sunkitano-sho Dori. From the station, turn left into the little alley directly before the Lawson's on Phoenix Dori. There's a sign on the right a couple of blocks down.

HALL BEE
Another good place for local music and Fukui's hipster scene. Reggae is common here, but so are other musical genres. It's on the same street as Butter -- just peek down the alley next the Lawson's on the corner of Chuo Dori and Phoenix Dori. It's just past the record shop.

Dub
Just off Phoenix Dori near Big Echo, this cozy little bar offers a chance to perform live music and taste a variety of drinks. There is a 500 yen cover charge, but if you fancy making your own music and make a night of it, it's well worth the price.

Swinging Bass
Located in a basement in the ekimae shopping area (near the katsudon restaurant and family mart in front of the station) this bar is a pleasant hang out for fans of jazz music.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND PLACES

BUDOKAN
This is the Fukui prefectural martial arts hall. There are classes in kendo, judo, karate, sumo and kyudo (archery). They can also give you information about classes that are happening closer to where you live. To get there, go North on Awara Kaido. Turn left at Fujishima dori, continue for a while. Pass Fujishima JHS on the right and then you'll see a large complex of white buildings on the right. Many foreigners have enrolled in classes here in the past. The address is Mitsuya-cho 8-1-1. (0776) 26-9400.

SHODO: (JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY)
1) FREE Lessons offerred on Thursday evenings from 6pm-7:30pm at the FIA, 2nd floor.
2) ¥1500/month lessons offered Thursday evenings from 6:30- 7:30 on the 6th floor of the International Center. You only pay for the weeks that you attend. The teacher is great and very patient with all of the loud non-Japanese speaking foreign residents and no Japanese ability is necessary.

AIKIDO: (JAPANESE MARTIAL ART)
Aikido lessons are offered at the Midori Youchien (みどり幼稚園) in Fukui City. Lessons are ¥1500 /mo on Mon and Fri from 7pm to 8:30pm. The teachers speak some English and are really nice people.

To get there: From the Fukui JR Station, head down Chuo Dori, cross over Phoenix Dori, and turn left at the first traffic light. Go straight and head over the bridge, turn left after the light. Go down one block and turn right. You will see Midori Youchien at the corner.

There are also lessons Mondays and Thursdays at the Sundome run by two very good teachers.

SADO: (JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY)
We know of one woman who teaches tea ceremony on Tuesday nights. We're not sure if she is taking new students, but if not, she would surely recommend someone for you. She speaks minimal English. Contact Sugahara-sensei at 34-5152 for more information.

FUKUI CITY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
There is an observatory on the roof of this museum. The entry fee is 100 yen for adults, children free. It is located in Asuwayama Park. The address is Asuwakamicho 147. (0776) 35-2844. Open 9:00-5:00. Closed Mondays and the day after national holidays.

PREFECTURAL ART MUSEUM
The entry fee is 100 yen for adults. The address is Bunkyo 3-16-1. (0776) 35-2825. Open 9:00-5:00. Closed Mondays and national holidays.

PREFECTURAL CULTURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Newly re-opened in March 2003. It has some good displays on post-war and post-earthquake Fukui. On Phoenix Dori near PIA. Entry is 100 yen.

PREFECTURAL NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM
The entry fee is 100 yen for adults. The address is Omiya 2-19-15. (0776) 22-4675. Open 9:00-5:00. Closed Mondays and national holidays.

PREFECTURAL LIBRARY
A nice and cool place to go in the summer, some English books available. As a member you can request up to 6 new book which they will buy for they library. On Itagakibashi Dori, go south from the Sakura intersection. It will be on the right hand side, just past a green overpass. The address is Joto 1-8-21. (0776) 24-5167.

OSAGOE-MINKA-EN (TRADITIONAL HOUSE VILLAGE)
Want to know what it was like to live in Fukui 300 years ago? This is a village of original houses dating back to the early 18c and is a really nice place to wander around. It's on Asuwa Mountain and can be reached by taking the bus to Nishitanaka (Osagoe Minka-En Mae stop) from bus stop number 5 in Eki Mae. Entry is 100 yen and you get an English guidebook.

OUTDOORS AND RECREATION

PREFECTURAL ATHLETIC PARK (UNDO-KOEN)
Indoor and outdoor pools, soccer field, tennis court, baseball diamond (also a lot of flat surfaces good for rollerblading!) Located in the Southwest corner of town, follow the signs. Football and rugby practice are held here.

MUNICIPAL (SANSHU) SWIMMING POOLS

One is located 3 and a half blocks west of the Chuo-Awara Kaido intersection. If you are coming from the train station, pass the Chuo- Awara Kaido intersection and it will be on your left. Admission is about 200Yen. The address is Terute 3-1-1. It's open only in the summer. (0776)23-8713.

HIGASHIYAMA POOL
This is a public indoor pool run by Fukui City. It is a full 50 meters long and heated. There is also a small workout room, and nice baths available, all for only 500Yen. The location is along the mountain range on the eastern side of Fukui. Take Sakura Dori east (towards the Hokuriku Expressway), pass the Expressway, continue going straight. Then the road curves a bit, and you can't miss the pool and its glass roof on your left. The address is Ryoumachi 50-5. Phone: (0776) 54-9190. It's open from Tuesday-Friday 13:00- 21:00 (last entry 20:00), and on Saturday and Sunday 10:00- 18:00 (last admittance 19:00) It's closed on Mondays.

ASUWAYAMA
Located South of the river and known for its beautiful natural setting. Check it out! To visit Asuwayama park, take the Keifuku Dentetsu bus from JR Fukui station bound for Nisseki Byoin and get off at the Koen-shita bus stop (20 minute ride).

ONSEN (HOT SPRINGS) /SENTO (PUBLIC BATH)

GOKURAKUYU (ONSEN)
If you haven't been to an onsen, a Japanese public bath, you are missing out on something magical. And you don't need to go all the way to Awara if you are just looking for a way to relax after a long day at work. Gokurakuyu is a fancy onsen complex located right in downtown Fukui. The onsen itself is big, guaranteeing hours of soaking pleasure. It boasts an outdoor bathing area (rotenburo), individual barrels of water you can sit in, a sauna, a steam room, super-jet baths, electric baths, a bed of heated gems/jewels that you lie down on, and more.

It's worth getting a membership (free) for the discounts on bathing and on food at the restaurant. You buy your tickets from a vending machine at the front of the store -- 630 yen with membership. The complex contains a decent (and moderately priced) Japanese style dining area to sit down in and relax after your bath.

Location: 3 minutes walk south-west from the Echizen Kaihotsu station (on the Echizen Tetsudou line). Or, 3 minutes walk south-west of Keimo Elementary school. Going east on Fujishima dori (416), turn right (south) at the intersection right after Yamaya. Continue south, past the third light, until you see train tracks (if you go past the train tracks, you've gone too far). On your left will be Gokurakuyu (the sign is written in kanji, but you can just look out for the big red hiragana “yu”)

HANA NO YU
More like a sento, but has a nice selection of little baths along with four different kinds of saunas. It's not as pretty as Gokurakuyuu but it satisfies the sento lovers among us. Located in the southwest are of Fukui on Nishikanjosen just next to Coco's, has light rules concerning tatoos, and open late till midnight.

BOWLING

WAVE 40 (40=40 lanes)
Go north on Route 8 (towards Maruoka) it's on the left hand side, you can't miss it. It costs 450-500 yen per game, plus 300 yen for shoe rental (check out the cool automatic shoe dispensers). (0776) 54-8000. Open daily 10:00-23:00, Sundays and holidays 9:00- 23:00, Saturday and day before a holiday 10:00-24:00.

NEO GEO BOWL
Located in Wai Plaza, second floor, similar prices.

LUCKY BOWL
It's not actually in Fukui city, but it is the favorite for bowling enthusiasts. Located in Harue, north of Fukui on Awara Kaido. It's on the right side- look for the bowling pin on the roof. 450 yen a game plus 200 yen for shoe rental. Please see the Harue section for map of the area. Open Monday to Thursday 10:00am-1:00am, Friday 10:00am-2:00am, Saturday 10:00am- 3:00am, and Sunday 9:00am-1:00am.

POOL (BILLIARDS)
Again, there are many pool halls, ask around.

LEISURE LAND
About 10 tables and around 500 yen a person per hour. If you go during peak hours (i.e. Saturday night) there will probably be a wait of an hour or so. There is an arcade and Karaoke boxes where you can pass the time. Follow the directions to 100 Man Volt on Sanonimiya, Leisure Land is on the second floor. Open daily 24 hours.

KORONA WORLD
The game center in Wai Plaza has about 12 tables, though there's no atmosphere.

NICE SHOT
A friendly place which is popular with the Brazilian expat crowd in Fukui as well as some JETs. It's off Akarabashi-dori, just south of Sakura-dori in Koyo-cho. A table is about 600yen for an hour.

GYMS
There are a lot of gyms in town, although many JETS have complained of poorly maintained or inadequately equipped and staffed facilities. Best bet; ask someone who goes to the gym.

KONAMI SPORTS
Located on the second floor of the Washington Hotel off of Phoenix Dori near the Kencho. For about 6000Yen a month you can use the gym with free weights, bikes and stair machines, 20 meter pool, spa, sauna and join aerobics classes. There is also a tanning bed. It's a nice atmosphere with a friendly staff. Consider joining up with someone else as a pair, as this is slightly cheaper per month. (0776) 28-0810. Open weekdays 9:00-11:00, Saturdays 9:00-8:00, Sundays and holidays 9:00-5:00. Closed Tuesdays.

BELL SPORTS
Located next to Bell shopping center. It's a new facility with gym, 25 meter pool, aerobics studio, sauna and whirlpool. There is a 20,000Yen start up fee and 8,000 yen monthly fee (or 300 yen per visit).

HOLIDAY SPORTS
A new gym that just opened up a 3 years ago, located on Itagakibashi dori, down the east side of Sakura Dori. Many ALTs use this gym but beware, if you have a tattoo, they do not allow you in. They have a wide selection of machines, offer many different classes (kickboxing, aerobics, pilates, etc), and have massage chairs, a swimming pool and an onsen. Prices vary based on intended use, (eg ¥5000 for the after work plan: Mon - Thurs 5,00- 8.30) but the complete package with use of all the facilities runs about 8000 yen a month -- cheaper options are available, so ask around or check it out yourself.

HEALTHY PLAZA
Recently, yoga has taken the city by storm. There are many yoga studios now but Healthy Plaza's central location is its main draw. HP is located just on Chuo dori down the street from the Fukui Station. They have a friendly staff who have some English ability. They offer up six different kinds of Yoga classes: Healing Yoga, Soft Yoga, Power Yoga, Balance Yoga, New York Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Diet Yoga. Healthy Plaza also has Beauto, where you can do circuit training, and Apaiser, where can get massages and facials.

ROCKSCAPE
Not a traditional gym but rather an indoor bouldering gym. It is located in Nishi Kaihotsu, tucked away in a corner just off of Rt. 416 just after the bridge near Osensui Dori. If you want to try a different kind of workout, definitely check this place out. The staff are helpful and the owner speaks perfect English!

SHOPPING MALLS

You will find that most malls here are complete with a grocery store, the usual clothing and shoe shops, and restaurants.

LPA
The largest of the ken's malls. It has everything you could want plus a Starbucks across the way. It is one of two Starbucks we have in the whole ken! (The other one is on the expressway, so you probably don't want to go to it, anyway.) Lpa has a grocery store, a home store, a bakery, a sports store, and numerous restaurants. Attached to one side is Korona World which is a chain of pachinko parlors, arcades and movie theaters.

In the surrounding area you can find Super Kabos, which is a stationery goods store, bookstore, and music store, Genky, a Walmart like drugstore, and Nitori, a home and furniture store. 100 Man Volt and Yamada Denki are just down the street as well. These are the two main electronic stores that ALTs usually frequent. They have point cards that are really handy and very friendly sales people. I know that the 100Man Volt has one sales representative that can speak English.

The area that Lpa is currently being developed so new stores and restaurants seem to popup everyday. When you get a chance, check out the area and tell us if you find something interesting!

BELL
Bell, is our second largest shopping mall. It has just recently been remodeled so it's all nice and new. You can find it in the south of town if you head towards Sabae on Phoenix Dori. Bell has a Heiwado grocery store, Tully's Coffee, KFC, and a Mister Donuts. Bell Sports (one of the more popular gyms in town) is right next to it, too.

PARIO
East of town, you can find the Pario off to the corner of Sakura Dori and Route 8. This houses a Wai Plaza (grocery store), a small Kabos (bookstore), a really good Kaiten Sushi restaurant (one of the best in the city!), a Toys R Us, and a JTB (Japan Travel Bureau), a travel agency that many ALTs use because there is an English speaker who works there. A Tsutaya, movie and music rental place, is right next door to Pario!

APITA
For those on the west side of Fukui City, Apita is the best shopping mall around. It's located on Nishikanjosen and Sakura Dori. It has a Baskin Robbins, McDonald's, and a very nice grocery store. There is a popular store called Muddy which many ALTs frequent. It's an ethnic store that sells little odds and ends as well as some nice clothes.

LOFT, MUJI, SEIBU
Finally Loft and Seibu can be found near the train station (Eki-mae). There are two separate buildings. One side has Apple City (brand name/designer female clothing), Loft (stationery, watches, music, beauty supplies etc), Kinokuniya (bookstore), and Muji, an Ikea style store, except clothes are sold as well. It prides itself in its simplicity so you will see that the predominant colors of their merchandise are: black, dark brown, white, etc. The stationary store in Loft is a great place to get unique, lightweight (read: cheap to ship), traditionally styled Japanese gifts for a reasonable price. In addition there is a nice food department in the basement that concentrates on gourmet.

In the other building, we have Seibu. It is our one big department store and it is pricey. You can find all the brand name clothing you want here and the nice cosmetics section as well. On the 8th floor, there are some restaurants worth taking a look at. There is a family restaurant, an Italian restaurant, and a Chinese restaurant up there that are really good. In the basement, you find a grocery store that is connected to the food department in the other building mentioned before. You will find a really a good bakery called Donq that is famous for their mini croissants, a Yours Hotel Fukui deli, and a butcher. This grocery store also has a good selection of foreign foods.

GROCERY STORES

There are a large number of chain grocery stores in the ken, including Honey Super, A-Coop, Orange, Hearts, and Youth. You'll find the best and closest one to you quickly, so this section will focus instead on places to find unique selections, good deals, and the like.

All of the major department stores listed above have grocery stores, usually on the first floor.

SEIBU
The grocery store (in the basement) in Seibu is the most notable, as it has excellent products and some foreign food - the specialty sections are among the best if not THE best around. However, you'll definitely be paying an arm and a leg for it. This store has very high prices.

GENKY
For very cheap food, check out a Genky pharmacy megastore. These stores are similar to Wal-Mart in the US or Tesco's in the UK; you'll find everything they stock to be cheaper than what's available anywhere else, although the fresh selection is lacking. For instant noodles and the like, you can save 20% or better at a Genky. There's a nice new store just past Michimori High School and Yashiro Middle School on the southwest side of town.

STORES WITH FOREIGN FOOD

For most foreign foods, search out foreign liquor stores like:

YASUBUN
Found near Nishikanjosen on the way to Michimori High School and another on Sakura Dori, a few blocks east of Rt. 8.

HANA LIQUOR WORLD
Has many stores around town - 1) on Akaribashi Dori just before after the bridge from Koen Dori 2) in the Wasse Shopping Center 3) on Rt 8 going north in the Wai Plaza Shopping Area and 4) on Rt 8 going south near King Family

MARUSHIN
Far and away the best place to go for foreign foods in Fukui City. This store has everything the baking enthusiast needs -- from Betty Crocker cake mixes, to a variety of flours to the elusive Arm & Hammer baking soda. Besides baking ingredients, many popular foreign cuisines are represented, including Mexican, Thai, Chinese and Italian. This is the only place in Fukui-ken that you can actually buy a whole turkey without pre-ordering. There's no fresh food to speak of, but dairy, frozen and packaged are well stocked. The 2nd floor houses a wide selection of cooking utensils, such as stainless steel mixing bowls, cake pans and whisks in addition to oodles of well-priced matching dishes (restaurant overstock). To get there, take Rt. 8 to 416. Go west on 416 for one block and turn right at the first stop light. Marushin in one block up on the left, next to the Daisho Shop.

PLANT 3
Brand spanking new and freaking enormous, it is well worth the trip to the southern most reaches of the city for not only it's wonderful selection of European-style granola cereals and other foreign goodies, but also for its huge Deli and Pre-Prepared Food counter. Besides food, Plant 3 is a great choice for all your home and personal needs (think Monster Sized Super Wal-Mart).

JUST OUTSIDE FUKUI CITY
**The best place to go for good deals would actually be at YAMAYA which is located in Harue Town. If you ever get the chance to go out there...To get there, get onto Awara kaido, the street that Bear's is on and head straight into Harue. You will see Yamaya on your right.

ORDERING ONLINE
***If you must have something that these stores don't stock (check back often, stock rotates a lot) then try looking on the The Flying Pig and Foreign Buyer's Club websites (please read the Foreign food shipping section). You can pay for your groceries via a postal transfer (very easy) or credit card (even easier) and it will be delivered by Kuroneko delivery service, dry or cold.

SECOND HAND STORES

Recycle shops can be found throughout the city. Here's a list of a few of them:

BOOK-OFF
For books, manga, movies and cds (locations throughout the city)

HOUSE-OFF
For household goods, appliances and clothes (just off of Rt. 8 on the left if you are heading towards Lpa)

HOBBY-OFF
For musical instruments, dolls, collectible items, etc (just west of Bell)

B'S KIDS
Has kimonos and accessories for cheap along with western clothing (found at the south end of Nishikanjosen across the street from a Serio Garden)

2ND STREET
Past the tram lines on Phoenix, regularly restocks most of the good home stuff and has a very nice toy section to boot. A second store can be found on Matsumoto Dori heading past Route 8.

SUNSTEP
A vintage/second hand shop that has a great selection of clothes, shoes, eyewear and accessories. Some things are still pretty expensive but if you have the time to look around, you can get some deals. There's one located on Rt. 8, a couple blocks south of Sakura Dori.

ECO HANDS
It's in the southwest of town in the Wasse Plaza on the road that goes past Michimori High School and Yashiro Junior High - near the big Genky.

KING FAMILY
Has several locations, one being south of Asuwa River on Rt. 8 by the Uniqlo and the other north on Phoenix Dori, right before you hit the Baskin Robbins. King Family is loaded with clothes in all shapes and sizes -- sometimes it's a bit overwhelming, but it's worth the effort if you have the time.

MUSIC SHOPS

In Japan, you'll find that CDs can be quite expensive. A cheap alternative to buying is renting. You can do this at places like Tsutaya or Geos. If you feel the need to buy CDs, the music shop in Loft, Matsukiya (just off of Itagakibashi dori near Sakura dori) and Super Kabos (near Lpa) offer a good selection. You can also get music lessons and a wide variety of instruments and equipment at the previously mentioned Matsukiya. If you are looking to buy a musical instrument at a cheaper price check out Hobby-Off.

VIDEO RENTAL

TSUTAYA
Tsutaya is one of the more frequented video shops in town because you can count on them having a huge selection of not only movies but US and UK TV shows, older movie titles and CD rentals . Prices are average. One location is in the south of the city on the same road as Yashiro Junior High. The big blue and yellow signs are hard to miss! A second store is found next to Pario.

GEO
Has a large selection of used games and a pretty good movie section. New releases must be returned the next day (or kept longer for an extra charge), older titles can be kept for a week. Some are open 24-hours. The largest store is on the corner of Sakura Dori and Itagakibashi Dori. Another one is on the west end of Sakura dori near the Fukui University.

MOVIE THEATRES

1.Theater Cinq(near Seibu)
2.Teatoro Fukui
3.Cinema Plaza
4.FBC Theater
5.Metro Gekijo
(The Metro Cinema, near Katamachi, plays a good and constantly changing selection of indie/art films.)

PC-DIY COMPUTER SHOP
Head South on Rt 8 from Fukui City and you'll see an Alpine on the right hand side (it might be the left as you're going in. I have the direction sense of a stunned bunny). At those traffic lights turn right and you'll see a big department store (I think its an LPA type, it has a KFC). Keep on straight and on the left hand side you'll see PC-DIY just after another computer shop on your right (that place isn't that great - it has an Apple mac sign out front, but doesn't stock anything Apple apart from iPods). These directions are for someone coming from the North.

TRANSPORTATION

CITY BUSSES
Buses are not as scary as they may first appear. Get on at the back door (usually). Take a ticket from the dispenser just inside the door. Sometimes tickets are not available. Pay when you get off. The number on the ticket determines your fare - look at the display panel above the driver. Your bus ticket number will correspond to the fare you owe. The fare increases with distance, so check the amount as you leave. You cannot get transfers between buses, you must pay for each bus you use.
Children's fares. Children under 6 are free, those aged between 6 and 12 pay half the adult fare. If more than one child aged between 6 and 12 are traveling together, one of them gets a free ride.

In Fukui City, the main bus stops are directly in front of the train station, on the left side of Chuo-dori. The bus fare within the city starts at around 200Yen. Instead of carrying a lot of loose change, you can buy books of tickets from the little pink booth on the pavement among the stops on Chuo-dori. If you aren't sure what bus to get, go to the main bus station at the top of Chuo-dori on the right side and ask there. They'll point you in the direction of your stop.

There are special busses called Smile Bus and the Friendly Bus. The Smile Bus costs only 100yen for any trip and it goes around the city in different loops. The busses are in different colors and serve a certain area. The Friendly Bus on the other hand is a free bus with limited service to different areas.
This website (some basic Japanese would help) has an easy to access list of all the Fukui ken bus schedules, and a map of their routes. It's very user friendly.
http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~fba/map_access.htm

TAXIS
If you are in the downtown area you can frequently flag a taxi. If there is not one readily available, however, there are a couple of options. Walk to the nearest store, restaurant, etc.. and say “Takushi o yonde kuremasuka” (call me a taxi please) They will be happy to do this and a taxi will arrive shortly.

If you are at home in Fukui city call the following number: (0776) 22-4100. The meter starts at around 600 yen if you order one. When they pick up the line, just say “Sumimasen, takushi ichi-dai onegai shimasu. Watashi no jusho wa (Hoei 3 chome 29-8 aparto wa Heim Edel)” (I need a taxi, my address is ( ). Before hanging up say, “Onegai shimasu”. They will say “wakarimashita” (I understand) and send a cab within about 10 minutes usually. Then watch the magic of combustion as your door magically opens.

Once you are in the cab just tell them the address. If you aren't comfortable saying it, just carry around a card with it printed in Japanese (this makes it easier for the cab driver, too). Don't worry too much about giving him/her directions, point the way if you can or they can call into the dispatcher and get the exact location for any address. (masugu - straight; hidari - left; migi - right; shingo - streetlight; kado - corner)