Wednesday, June 11, 2014


If you ever have the chance to visit Fukui, make sure the ruins of Ichijodani Castle is on your agenda.  Built in 1471, it was the home of Asakura family until Oda Nobunaga put the castle town to the torch in 1573.  That same year, Nobunaga banished shogun Ashikaga Yoshiaki.  During the Onin War (1467-77), many of Kyoto's court nobles and intellectuals moved north making Ichijodani, Kyoto of the North.  It was a major cultural, military, and population center in Sengoku Japan.

The ruins are beautiful and there is a reconstruction of a Sengoku village across the street from the ruins.  I highly recommend that you visit the village.  It will give you an idea what life was like at Ichijodani.  Once Nobunaga burned the place to hell, the area was forgotten.  In 1575, Shibata Katsuie moved to Echizen.

Nobunaga no tame!

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