Situated at the foot of a mountain in the suburbs of Echizen City, Gotanjoji Temple is a Zen temple built on the birthplace of the fourth founder of the Soto sect, Keizan Jokin. Sitting in front of the main hall is the one and only Big Buddha with two cats carved together. Dozens of shelter cats are kept in the precincts of the temple, which is well known as a cat temple. Here, you can spend a soothing time watching the cats relaxing in their own way.
Echizen, where the Ritsuryo system's national government was once located and the name of the place has been passed down from generation to generation as a stage for numerous historical events, is enriched by the delicious food nurtured by the rich nature and the traditional crafts that shine with careful work. The specialties that bear the name of Echizen are crab, soba noodles, pottery, Japanese paper, cutlery, chests, and many other items. People are drawn to this healing journey through beautiful scenery and traditions.