Tourist spot in Fukui Prefecture

Maruoka Castle [丸岡城]

Maruoka Castle
Maruoka Castle
Photo by Fukui Prefectual Tourism Federation

Maruoka Castle in winter
Maruoka Castle in winter
Photo by Fukui Prefectual Tourism Federation

Maruoka Castle is located in Sakai city about 10 km north-northeast of the center of Fukui city.

This castle is one of the 12 castles that original buildings are kept.
So it has been designated as a nationally important cultural property.

The castle was constructed by Shibata Katsutoyo (?-1583) in 1576.
His uncle was Shibata Katsuie (1520s?-1583), and he was a retainer of Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) who united a whole country first as samurai.

But, until the 1620s, the lord of the castle often changed during dynamic changes of the nation.

During Edo Period (1603-1868), the castle was the center of this town by stabilization of the nation.

After establishment of modern Meiji Government, most feudal castles were demolished.
In 1871, this castle was also demolished.

Maruoka Castle in spring
Maruoka Castle in spring

Maruoka Castle in autumn
Maruoka Castle in autumn

Fortunately, only the castle tower in the site escaped demolition because Maruoka town bought this building.

But, in 1948, the great earthquake occured around Fukui area and the castle tower fell dawn.
After that, the castle tower was restored by using original components in 1955.

According to recent investigations, it became clear that the original castle tower was built between 1624 and 1644.

The height of the castle tower is about 35 meters including the stone wall.
And it is a three-story building.

Inside of Maruoka Castle
Inside of Maruoka Castle/p>

Steep stairs in Maruoka Castle
Steep stairs in Maruoka Castle

We can enter the inside of the castle.
The stairs are extremely steep, so you must climb grasping a rope.
(Because, Japanese castle was basically a fort.)

There is a park around this castle.
And about 400 cherry trees are planted and it is known for the magnificent cherry blossoms.

How to get here

By route bus, about 50 minutes from Fukui station to Maruokajo stop.

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