Ichijodani Castle 一乗谷城
|Alternate Name||Asakura Yakata|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||Special Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles, Important Cultural Properties|
|Location||Fukui, Fukui Pref.|
|Access||Fukui Sta. (Hokuriku Line), 25min bus; or, Ichijodani Sta (Etsumihoku Line), walk|
|Website||Fukui City Ichijodani Historical Site|
|Visitor Info.||Museums are open 9am-5pm; closed 12/28-1/4; museum is 100yen admission, reconstructed town is 210yen|
|History||Asakura Takakage established his family home and castle at Ichijodani in 1471. During the Onin War, many elite and educated people escaped to Ichijodani making it the cultural center of the Echizen Province. The fifth Asakura lord, Yoshikage sided with the Ashikaga against Nobunaga. Yoshikage failed in an attempt to capture Oda Nobunaga and fled to Ohno leaving Ichijodani open to attack. Nobunaga attacked and burned Ichijodani in 1573. The castle deftly makes use of the long thin valley between two mountains. At both ends of the valley were narrow openings with strong gates that opened up into a flourishing castle town. The castle at the top of the mountain had three main baileys and numerous dry moats and earthen embankments protecting it.|
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Fukui, Fukui Pref.