最終更新日 2018年6月8日 印刷


 No matter what period it was Emperor Keitai’s era, Warring States Period or the Meiji Restoration, Fukui City has always played an important historical role.
Even now traces of history remain strong. The city is dotted with historic sites that allow its visitors to savor the historical atmosphere.



Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins and Gardens

(Nationally-Designated Special Historical Site and Special
Places of Scenic Beauty.)


These are the ruins of the castle town, which was the center of Echizen province (The northen part of present-day Fukui Pref.) about 100 years after Asakura Takakage, a war lord during the Warring States Period, constructed a castle in Ichijodani in 1471. At its peak there were more than 10,000 people living in the town. It was also a center of refined culture. The excavated remains of the residence and gardens tell us about the history. A part of the street with an old samurais' residences and commoners' houses have been reconstructed to its original state.




Kitanosho Castle Remains


The center of Fukui was once called Kitanosho. Kitanosho Castle, which was said to be one of the biggest castles in Japan at that time, was built by Shibata Katsuie, a military commander during the Warring States Period and a ruler of Echizen province. He concentrated his efforts especially on civil administration. He also worked on the development of the castle town and established the foundation of today’s Fukui City.




Fukui Castle Remains


The castle, which took six years to complete, was built in 1601 by Yuki Hideyasu, the second son of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
It is renowned as a symbol of prosperity for the Matsudaira Clan who ruled Echizen for 17 generations until the end of Edo period. Only a part of its innermost moats and stonefoundations remain today.




Yokokan Garden (Nationally-Designated Scenic Spot)


It is the second house of the Matsudaira, the Fukui feudal clan, whose garden is known as a great example of those from the mid-Edo period. It has an elegant look.
A study and other structures burned down during the war were restored to their original grandeur after eight years of reconstruction. The garden reopened in 1993.



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