To visit the Eiheiji temple, we must first reach JR Fukui Station. Below are the main train connections from different parts of Japan.
From Tokyo station (also from Ueno or Ōmiya (Saitama), take a shinkansen direct to Kanazawa (the fastest are Hakutaka or Kagayaki), and from there take a Thunderbird limited express bound for Osaka, getting off at Fukui.
The entire journey from Tokyo takes about 3 hours and a half, and the price is about 16,000 yen for one way (the route is still covered by Japan Rail Pass, if you have it.
From Osaka and Kyoto stations, you can use the Thunderbird Limited Express.
From Osaka it takes 1 hour and 55 minutes, at a price of 5,500 yen (fare without reserved seats), while from Kyoto 1 hour and 25 minutes, at about 4,500 yen.
Compared to the number Thunderbirds available from Kyoto and Osaka, there are fewer direct trains from Nagoya. One of these is the Shirasagi Limited Express, which takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach Fukui, at about 5,200 yen (not reserved seats).
If you come from other parts of Japan, the train can take a lot of time, so here we show you some connections available by plane.
The nearest airport to Fukui is Komatsu Airport, in the neighboring Ishikawa Prefecture. The following connections are available as of 2019:
- From Sapporo to Komatsu: about 2 hours with ANA
- From Fukuoka to Komatsu: about 1 hour and 20 minutes with IBEX Air
- From Naha (Okinawa) to Komatsu: about 2 hours and 5 minutes, with JAL
- From other airports: connections at Tokyo Haneda Airport with ANA or JAL
A direct shuttle is available from Komatsu Airport, which takes about a 55-minute ride to JR Fukui Station. Information (site in Japanese, you can use the translation feature of your browser)
From Fukui Station to Eiheiji Temple
You can choose different ways to move between the two.
You can take advantage of a convenient direct bus linking Fukui Station to Eiheiji temple by bus (one per hour, more or less). Click here for timetables.
Fukui Station, besides serving the JR Hokuriku line, is the terminal of the Echizen Electric Railway. One of these two local lines allows you to approach the temple.
In about 20 minutes, you reach Eiheijiguchi station (Katsuyama-Eiheiji line), at a price of 450 yen in 2019. From this station you must continue by bus to the temple, and get off at Daihonzan Eiheiji: timetables (in Japanese)
Alternatively, at Eiheijiguchi station you can rent bicycles, and you can cycle for about 8 km to the temple. However, it seems that only 3 bikes are available at the station, so before planning the visit, call, if you are able, to confirm availability. Info (Japanese).