Ōno (大野), also called Echizen Ōno, is a historic castle town in Fukui prefecture, Japan, known as the 'little Kyoto' of Echizen. About one fifth of Fukui Prefecture lies within its borders.
With the exception of buses to Katsuyama, the only way in by public transport is through Fukui. As such, the nearest airport is Komatsu, though Nagoya-Centrair and Osaka-Kansai may be better options, especially for international travellers.
By trainThere are nine local trains per day on the Etsumi-Hoku Line (also known as the Kuzuryū Line) from Fukui to Echizen-Ōno, taking about an hour and costing ¥670. Trains are covered by the Japan Rail Pass, the Hokuriku Arch Pass, the Hokuriku Area Pass, and the Kansai-Hokuriku Area Pass.
By busKeifuku Bus runs 17 buses a day from Fukui (Stop 5 at the station) to Ōno, taking about an hour and costing ¥990. They also run 9 buses a day (5 on weekends) to Katsuyama, taking about 30 minutes and costing ¥580.
address: 3-109 ShiromachiA 'Castle in the Sky'. A castle was built here by Kanamori Nagachika in around 1580, but the current structure dates from 1968.
address: 1-2 HōkyōjiFounded by the 13th-century Chinese Zen monk Jiyuan (better known as Jakuen) after he left Eiheiji, this beautiful Sōtō Zen temple in the hills on the outskirts of the town displays an original self-portrait of Zen Master Dogen.
- Tera-Machi - a street of historic temples.
- Learn zazen (Buddhist meditation) - many Westerners have studied with Sasagawa Roshi at his temple in the foot hills around Ono. Tel: +81 779 660-325 (some spoken Japanese would be helpful).
Ono offers many options for outdoor lovers. There are several ski areas within a 45-min drive of the city, and in summer the Kuzuryu river and Manahime Lake are beautiful spots for kayaking or camping.
By public transport, the only places to go from Ono is Fukui by train or Katsuyama by bus.