Sakai (Fukui)Fukui Prefecture.
Maruoka CastleThe oldest castle keep (or donjon) in Japan. Built in 1576. It's a great place for the hanami festival (or cherry blossom viewing). It is called the Mist Castle because of to the legend that whenever an enemy approaches the castle, a thick mist appears and hides it. See also Japanese castles.
Echizen Bamboo Doll VillageBamboo dolls are a famous local craft. Here there is a museum of some of the best works, as well as shops where you can purchase bamboo dolls. They also offer "make your own" experiences.