Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins 一乗谷朝倉氏遺跡
Explore the ruins of an ancient power base
Just a 30-minute journey from central Fukui is the Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins, the partially reconstructed ruins of the Ichijodani Castle Town. Once the base of the powerful Asakura clan, the Ichijodani area thrived as a cultural, military and commercial center until it was destroyed by the great feudal lord, Oda Nobunaga, in 1573.
Excavation on the ruins began in 1967—400 years after they were destroyed
This designated National Historic site is one of the largest castle town ruins in the country
How to Get There
The Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins is accessible by train or bus.
By train (25 minutes)
Take the JR Kuzuryu Line from Fukui Station to Ichijodani Station. The entrance to the ruins is a 10-minute walk from the station, and the restored town is a further 15 minutes from there.
By bus (35 minutes)
Take the Jokyo-ji bound bus from Fukui Station to the Bukeyashiki-mae bus stop, which is right outside the restored town.
Explore the area
While the majority of the excavated ruins, including the foundations of the Asakura Lords' Residence, are free to explore, there is also a small, completely reconstructed area which you can see for a small fee. Visiting the restored town allows you to get a glimpse of what life was like during the Muromachi Period (1336-1573).