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The 100 Hometown Views of Fukui

Traditional architecture


【Entry Number 7】(Sakai City)

Port Town of Mikuni

Mikuni’s traditional homes preserve the town’s history as a flourishing Edo Period port of call for kitamaebune, ships widely used throughout Japan during that time.


【Entry Number 18】(Katsuyama City)

Remnants of Old Katsuyama

Since its days as the central district of Katsuyama’s castle town, February has welcomed the Sagicho Festival to Katsuyama City’s Hon-machi, a celebration meant to ensure a good harvest.


【Entry Number 22】(Ono City)

Ono City’s Castle and Architecture

The area of Ono City retains its original layout, patterned after a go-board. Constructed by Kanamori Nagachika, loyal retainer to Oda Nobunaga, the town below the castle separated samurai and commoner residences, as well as Buddhist temples, from one another. 400 years later, the spirit and architecture of the original town are alive and well.


【Entry Number 34】(Fukui City)

Streetcars and Street Corners of Fukui City

The streetcars that run along the finest examples of Fukui’s modern architecture are among the city’s most enduring charms. Though destroyed in wartime aerial bombardments and postwar earthquake, its value as a symbol of the city led to the reconstruction of the old courthouse in 1953.


【Entry Number 39】(Fukui City)

Streams and Streets of Togo

The Togo district is where the town surrounding Togo Castle stood after the Asakura Clan relocated their headquarters to Ichijodani. Still flowing through the district’s center today, the Doden River gives it a rich “hometown” feel, and its beauty captured the attention of novelist Shiba Ryotaro, who praised it in his Kaido wo Yuku: Echizen no Shodo.


【Entry Number 46】(Sabae City)

Yoshie, Home of Chikamatsu Monzaemon

Sabae City’s Yoshie-cho was the castle town of Yoshie-han, a subsidiary domain of Fukui, and this aspect of its heritage remains today. Its Yoshie Nanamagari, as the meaning of its name implies, was designed to obstruct the advance of any potential invaders through its twisting, hook-like shape.


【Entry Number 48】(Sabae City)

Streets of Sabae’s Temple and Castle Towns

Sabae grew from a temple town during Japan’s medieval period to a castle town producing 50,000 koku of rice. Much of its temple town-era architecture remains today, giving the town a historical feel and lining the streets with its long heritage.


【Entry Number 52】(Echizen City、Sabae City)

Western Architecture of the Tannan Area

The cities of Sabae and Takefu, spared from the ravages of World War II, still possess a wide array of western architectural specimens ranging from Meiji Period styles to the modernist school.


【Entry Number 53】(Echizen City)


In 1601, after being awarded the fief that now comprises Takefu from his lord Yuki Hideyasu, Honda Tomimasa rebuilt the devastated area around the Hokuriku Highway. Constructing commoner housing along the highway, samurai districts to the east, and temples and shrines to the west, the foundations for his castle town, as well as present day Echizen City, were laid.


【Entry Number 77】(Tsuruga City)

Tsuruga, International Port and Gateway to Asia

Tsuruga Port, situated in the interior of Tsuruga Bay, is an excellent natural harbor that has long enjoyed strong links to the rest of Japan and Asia.


【Entry Number 90】(Obama City)


Obama City’s Obama Nishikumi district is home to many well-preserved examples of traditional architecture, located where the Tango Highway turns eastward. On its western side sit old tea houses, its eastern section houses merchant homes and shops, and the town at the foot of Mt. Nochise and the western extremity of the area are old “temple towns.”

Cultural Promotion Division
Promotion Department
Fukui Prefectural Government
Ote 3-17-1, Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture 910-8580 JAPAN

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