Images: Daniel O'Grady
本多氏1613 - 1695
有馬氏1695 - 1871
丸岡城Maruoka Castle is classified as a hilltop castle (its layout: Renkakushiki), and is located in Fukui Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Echizen Province. It is associated with the Shibata clan. Dates in use: 1576 - 1871.
This castle is quite the survivor. It is Japan's oldest castle & while it lacks the grandeur of Japan's other original castles, it is quite an interesting specimen. One unique aspect of this castle is its stone-tiled roof which even includes the ornamental Shachi-hoko. Unfortunately, the main tower collapsed during an earthquake in 1948 but was rebuilt 7 years later using much of its original materials.
This is another surviving artifact of Maruoka castle. It is the Akazu Gate which has been relocated several kilometres to the south-east.
|The castle was built by Shibata Katsui's nephew, Katsutoyo.
|Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeated the Shibata clan.
|Ownership changed yet again following the battle of Sekigahara.
|The Honda clan were transferred here.
|The Arima clan were transferred here.
|The domain was abandoned and the castle grounds entered private ownership.
|The castle was donated to the town.
|The main tower collapsed in an earthquake.
|The main tower was rebuilt using materials from the original construction.
|Important Cultural Property