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A Walk through the History of Fukui

By Monica E Doble. Posted on February 24, 2016

The first thing that usually comes to people's minds when you mention Fukui is the beach. We usually go there in summer, since it is located in the northwest part of the Chubu Region, facing the Sea of Japan to the north. But apart from that, Fukui has historical places you could also visit. And if you happen to have an hour or so to spare when you stop by at Fukui Station, there are places that are worth visiting for a few minutes.

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Shibata Shrine (at the site of Kitanosho Castle) is just five-minute walk away from the station (to the left).

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It enshrines a famous samurai, Shibata Katsuie, his wife, Oichi, and their three daughters dubbed as the Three Sisters of Sengoku Period: Chacha, Hatsu, and Go. 

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A little farther than Shibata Shrine, about a 30-minute walk away (on the right) from Fukui Station, there is the Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History. This museum, which is dedicated to the history and culture of Fukui Prefecture, opened in 1984 and reopened after renovations in 2003. General admission is 100 yen.

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Yokokan Garden is a must see place, which is a villa and garden of the feudal lords of Fukui during Edo Period. The original structure was destroyed during the war in 1945 but was later rebuilt in 1982. The entrance fee is 210 yen.

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These are the remains of Fukui Castle, which was destroyed by fire in 1669 and torn down during Meiji Restoration. The lord's palace was destroyed by the bombing in 1945.

The only things left of Fukui Castle are the stone walls, and the Prefectural Government Buildings now occupies the grounds. 

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Take a quick walk through Fukui for a dose of history and a lesson about this city's own unique culture.

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