Obama is not only the name of the President of the United States of America but is also a beautiful coastal town of Fukui facing the Sea of Japan. If you are looking for a relaxing place to spend a few days at the beach in a relaxing environment then you must visit. The beaches are small but clean and quiet. The place is relatively small and fairly quiet (do not expect a promenade lined with bars and clubs) but the beautiful combination of the charm of the sea and the mountains reminded me a little of the Spanish Cantabrian coast in parts. It is quite easily accessible from Tokyo via Tsuruga (Fukui prefecture), though the road to get there is long. From Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, you need to go through Maibara (in Shiga Prefecture).