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Maruoka Castle is Japan's oldest surviving castle tower although it collapsed during the Fukui Earthquake in 1948. Rebuilt in 1955 with most of the original materials. Originally built in 1576 by Shibata Katsutoyo, nicknamed Kasumiga-jo (Misty CastlePhoto: Way to Maruoka Castle from the bus stop.
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Entrance to castle grounds
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The stone marker says National Treasure Kasumiga-jo Castle.The castle was a National Treasure until it collapsed in the 1948 Fukui Earthquake. Now an Important Cultural Property.
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Maruoka Castle tower
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Maruoka Castle tower
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Maruoka Castle tower
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Path to castle tower
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Maruoka Castle
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Old shachi (killer whale) roof ornaments made of stone.The original shachi were made of wood with copper plating. But during WWII, the precious copper was taken and these two stone shachi were made to replace the original shachi. These two shachi fell off the roof during the 1948 earthquake and were replaced by a replica of the original made of wood and copper plating.
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Steps to castle tower entrance.
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Side of castle
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Entrance to castle tower
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1st floor of castle towerThe steep stairs go to the 2nd floor.
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1st floor of castle tower
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1st floor of castle tower with photos of other castles.
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Old-style "bay window?"
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"Sama" hole to shoot weapons (arrows or guns)
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2nd floor
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Roof tiles made of stone (rare)
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Roof tiles made of stone (2nd floor)
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Roof tiles made of stone on Maruoka Castle
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Stairs to top floor
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Stairway on top floor
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Top floor
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Top floor
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Veranda (closed to visitors)
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View from castle tower
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The veranda is narrow and the fence is low.
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Ceiling on top floor
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Ceiling on top floor
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Ceiling on top floor
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Ceiling on top floor
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Stairs going down
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Well related to the castle's mist.
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Lower stone wall
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Folk History Museum adjacent to the castle. 歴史民俗資料館
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Folk History Museum
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Inside Folk History Museum
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Edo Period currency
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Kasumiga-jo Park, noted for cherry blossoms.
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Bus stop for Maruoka CastleTakes about 40-50 min. from Fukui Station.
   
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