ISTS and NSAT ISTS: 32nd International Symposium on Space Technology and Science NSAT: Nano-satellite Symposium

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Fukui Prefecture has been blessed with rich and beautiful nature. Culture and traditional industries were developed throughout Fukui's long history and have been passed down even until today. Fukui also provides the best environment to live a long, healthy life. The prefecture has stable jobs and children's academic ability and physical ability remain the highest nationwide. According to private-sector research, Fukui is "the happiest prefecture” in Japan.

Fukui City is located at the north of Fukui Prefecture, which is the prefectural capital.
We are hoping all the participants of ISTS truly have a satisfying time in Fukui.
Fukui City has faced a number of calamities including damages from war, earthquake, and flooding.
Nonetheless, the city rose from the ashes like a phoenix, and continues to develop.
Fukui City is abundant in nature preserved by our ancestors, delicious food, a nurturing environment for children, and a respectful community.
Additionally, starting with the Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins, Fukui City proudly maintains historical sites and has produced historical figures. Fukui's traditions, which have evolved throughout its long history, still exist today.

The relationship between Fukui and Outer Space

Fukui Prefectural Satellite

Fukui is planning for the launch of an ultra-compact satellite in FY 2020, as new policies are rooted in the space industry. This will be the first nationwide initiative and is unique for japan.
It will generate a new industry and create dreams for the next generation of children through space.
The research institutes "Industrial Technology Center of Fukui Prefecture" and "The Wakasa Wan Energy Research Center" have many test machineries for satellite manufacturing.

The Angel Land

Fukui prefecture has a science museum called “Angel Land”.
In this facility, you can experience the gravity of the moon and learn about the universe on a big screen.

The Seiren Planet

It also has the latest type of planetarium called “Seiren Planet” where you can experience shining stars in downtown Fukui.


Dinosaur Kingdom

Many dinosaur fossils have been discovered in Fukui Prefecture. The Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is located in Katsuyama City, one of three biggest dinosaur museums in the world.
Today, it is an exclusive spot that distinctly represents Fukui Prefecture, as over 900,000 visitors come per year and visitors can also excavate for fossils.

Mysteries of the Nature

Lake Suigetsu is an internationally important wetland, and was registered in the Ramsar Convention in 2005. Through the accumulation of sediment over 70,000 years, striped patterns called “varves” have formed at the bottom of this lake.
Research on these varves is attracting attention from inside Japan and around the world as a global standard measurement.
The research exhibition facility open 2018, so please come and see it.


The spirit of Zen, Eiheiji Temple

"Zen" means "meditation", "calming of the mind", "concentration" and "peacefulness".
Zen Buddhism is famous for zazen ("sitting Zen" in the cross-legged posture). Zen Buddhism is largely divided into the Soto school and the Rinzai school. Eiheiji Temple and Daianzenji Temple both provide opportunities for visitors to experience zazen.
Eiheiji Temple is a Soto Zen training monastery established in 1244 by Dogen Zenji, the founder of Soto Zen Buddhism in Japan. It has about seventy buildings of various size inside the precincts. This temple was listed with two stars in “Michelin Green Guide Japan” in 2015, a famous French travel guidebook.

Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins

Asakura, one of the Three Cultural Lords of the Warring States Period, built his city in Ichijodani about 430 years ago. In its heyday, the city housed roughly 10,000 people. It was razed by Oda Nobunaga and its remains excavated 400 years later. Ichijodani is the only place in Japan that featuring Warring States architecture in its original ruined form.

Yokokan Garden

Yokokan Garden was the second residence of the Matsudaira clan, the Daimyo of the Fukui Domain during the Edo Period.
Yokokan garden was ranked 3rd in the "Sukiya Living Magazine" (an American magazine specializing in gardens) due to the wonderful architecture of Sukiya-Zukuri.

Traditional Crafts

Fukui has wonderful traditional crafts and excellent technology from artisans.
Echizen Yaki is a popular type of earthenware famed for its simplicity and earthy tones.
Echizen Washi has a delicacy and softness rare among all Japanese paper.
Bewitchingly coated in jet black or vermilion red, inlaid with gold, Echizen lacquer lacquer embodies culture and refinement.


Echizen oroshi soba (buckwheat noodle)

The soba grown in Fukui is a small type with thin skin. The sesulting handmade soba noodles made with stone-ground flour have a rich taste.
The soba in Fukui is unique. The original way of eating soba noodles is "Oroshi soba" covered in a healthy portion of grated Japanese radish. The boiled hot soba noodles are cooled down by cold water and eaten with dashi broth and Japanese radish. This unique way of eatingis widely known as a typical food culture of Fukui.


Koshihikari, which is one of the most delicious rice cultivars in japan, was born in Fukui, being famous throughout all of Japan.
Recently more delicious "ichihomare" rice has developed.

Fukui City's Local Sake

Fukui City, blessed with delicious water and rice, has over 10 different breweries. Each brewery makes their own specialty sake, which have differing tastes and aromas. The sake not only goes well with Japanese cuisine, but a variety of cuisines as well.