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15 Mar 2002
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Maruoka Castle

Maruoka Castle (丸岡城 Maruoka-jō) is a hilltop castle located in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture. It is famous for its wooden main keep, one of the oldest remaining castle towers in Japan.

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When Oda Nobunaga captured the nearby temple of Hakusan Hougenji in 1575 to thwart further uprisings of the Ikkō Ikki in Echizen, he ordered Shibata Katsutoyo (柴田勝豊, 1556-1583) to build a castle in Toyohara. Katsutoyo was the nephew and the adopted son of Shibata Katsuie, a retainer of Oda Nobukatsu, Oda Nobunaga's younger brother and one of Nobunaga's most trusted generals. In 1576, Katsutoyo moved Toyohara Castle to Maruoka. Maruoka Castle was also known as "Castle of Mist" (霞ヶ城 Kasumiga-jō) due to the legend that thick mist appeared whenever an enemy advanced towards the castle.

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After Katsutoyo's death in 1583, the castle was under control of the Aoyama, who...

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Depends on how you travel. We travelled by car which is actually cheaper than public transportation. As far as article material is concerned our summer trip will keep me busy for months! 🙂:
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