Fukui Castle 福井城
Founder Yuki Hideyasu
Year 1601
Type Flatland
Condition Ruins
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Location Fukui City, Fukui Pref.
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Access Fukui Sta. (Hokuriku Line), 5 minute walk
Visited June 13, 2006
Notes Just a short walk from the station, it's worth the trip if you are there and have time.

Yuki Hideyasu, the second son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, was awarded the area of Kitanosho for his efforts in the Battle of Sekigahara. Hideyasu built his castle just to the North of Shibata's Kitanosho Castle. In 1624 Matsudaira Tadamasa became lord of Kitanosho and renamed it Fukui. The 4 level 5 story main keep burned down in a great fire in 1669 but the castle itself existed until the Meiji Restoration.

The picture above is of the moat and stone walls of the Honmaru.

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  • suupaahiiroo    April 07, 2017 at 11:29 AM
    Definitely worth a quick trip. The covered bridge is a really nice structure and I'd really like to go back and see the gate when it's finished. Note that in front of the Fukui City History Museum (福井市立郷土歴史博物館) there's another reconstructed gate. It's near Yōkōkan (a reconstructed villa and garden of the Matsudaira clan), which is a destination not to be missed, by the way.
  • jim    June 27, 2016 at 10:28 PM
  • DiegoDeManila    May 08, 2016 at 04:44 PM
    Visited 29 June 2015 (https://withinstrikingdistance.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/field-report-sticks-and-stones-at-fukui-castle-japan-29-june-2015/). Nice ishigaki and a generously sized moat. The pref. govt. compound was built right on top of where the palace once stood, so not much chance of that getting rebuilt soon, but the reconstructed Orōka-bashi was a great addition. As mentioned in my previous comments, work was underway at the time to prepare the site for rebuilding the Yamazato-guchi-gomon; you'll notice in my pictures how parts of the ishigaki flanking the gate site were partially disassembled and the stones laid out in the drained moat. The pref. govt.'s webpages on the project (see the links in my earlier comments) have even more pictures and info about the project. If/when that gets done, I'll have a great reason to swing by again. 2.5 stars for now (nice walls and bridge); if the gate goes up as planned - and is done right - I'll gladly revisit that rating.
  • Eric    May 06, 2016 at 09:18 PM
    Very interesting. I did not know that !
  • DiegoDeManila    May 06, 2016 at 06:11 PM
    Progress reports (with loads of pictures) on the preliminary work for the restoration project can be accessed from here: http://www.pref.fukui.jp/doc/sokou/kennto/yamazato_kouji.html
  • DiegoDeManila    May 06, 2016 at 06:07 PM
    I'm currently working on a blog post covering my visit to this castle - for the moment I should mention that work is now well under way to restore the Yamazato-guchi Gomon (the gate to which the reconstructed bridge once led). The moat section near the bridge has been fully drained and parts of the wall flanking the gate site were being worked upon during my June 2015 visit - I'd love to see fresh pictures from people who've been there more recently. Details about the project are available from the prefectural website (http://www.pref.fukui.jp/doc/sokou/kennto/yamazato.html). Expected completion: 2017. Exciting times indeed.
  • findlayjamie    January 29, 2016 at 10:32 AM
    I was impressed by the moat (still having water) and the bridge they've rebuilt nicely. I can't see it's ever going to be a major site, as the prefectural office is dumped on top, but worth it if you're heading back from Maroka to Osaka.
  • kiddus_i2003 on My Page    May 17, 2014 at 10:10 PM
    Impressive walls
  • bryanbaier on My Page    February 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM
    Only a couple of walls and a part of the moat remain. The rest of the grounds have been taken over by the prefectural government buildings. If you have a long stop over in Fukui than it is way better than waiting around on the platform for your next train, otherwise don't go out of your way for it
  • RaymondW on My Page    August 08, 2011 at 08:10 PM
    If you are passing through Fukui City and like ishigaki, this is one castle ruin worth visiting. The ishigaki surrounding the honmaru and its water moat are intact. As mentioned below by Furinkazan, the local authorities have also rebuilt a wooden bridge. As I was taking photos of the stone walls, one of the police officers who patrolled the area (the City Police Headquarters and the Prefectural Office are now in the original honmaru), gave me a brochure about the castle. Pretty cool stuff. The site is a mere five minutes from the JR Fukui Station. This site is worth a 2-star for its ishigaki and the reconstructed bridge.
  • Eric    October 18, 2010 at 10:42 PM
    I've seen pictures of the new wooden bridge but I would love to see it in person!
  • furinkazan on My Page    October 18, 2010 at 06:08 PM
    After Maruoka i had some time left for visiting Fukui.(my hotel is just next to the trainstation)Normally i don't visit castleruins, but i have to say that this one is interesting. There are some panels around the moat(in english too)telling the story of Fukui-city and -castle. In 2008 the Oroka-bridge was restored to celebrate the 400 years of Fukui-castle. It is a covered bridge and for this i give 2 stars.
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Fukui City, Fukui Pref.
Fukui Castle views
moat and stone walls Stones walls and moat
Stones walls and moat stone foundation of the main keep
Rokabashi Bridge Rokabashi Bridge and gate
Rokabashi Bridge