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Akechi Shrine

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Fukui Prefectural Ichijodani Asakura Family Site Museum

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Ichijōdani Asakura Family Historic Ruins

Ichijōdani Asakura Family Historic Ruin is the ruins of a castle town of the Asakura clan, who ruled Echizen for five generations (1471-1574). At that time, the castle town was in no way inferior to Kyoto. The town has been restored, and now the mansions, temples and roads are just like they used to be. The ruins are still being excavated, and artifacts, such as tea sets, stationery and other objects of value to research have been discovered. This is a rich archaeological site that has been designated as a site of special historic significance and scenic beauty as well as an important cultural property. There are only a few such archaeological sites in Japan.

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Ichijōdani Restaurant

This restaurant was started by a restaurant journalist named Yumiko Inuyo. Here, you can enjoy local foods in season while soaking up the ambiance of the rich archeological ruins.

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Ichijo Falls

The Ichijo Waterfall has a drop of about 17 meters and a width of about 2 meters. It is truly a majestic waterfall. It is said that Taicho Daishi trained here and created this waterfall. It is also well known as a training spot for Miyamoto Musashi’s rival, Kojiro Sasaki.

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Mt. Monju

Mt. Monju is a mountain made holy by Taicho Daishi who climbed it thirteen centuries ago in 717 AD. It consists of three ridges: Omonjyu, Shomonju and Okunoin. Mt. Monju is the central peak of the five mountains that make up the Ochi Mountains: Mt. Haku, Mt. Hino, Mt. Ochi, Yoshinogatake and Mt. Monju. At an altitude of 365 meters on the mountainside, there is a small temple called Omonju that houses a statue of the bodhisattva Manjusri that was built by Taicho himself and is still worshiped as a Buddha to this day. The mountain can be climbed in all seasons, and you can enjoy a variety of plants and flowers. In the spring there are camellias, dogtooth violets and late-blooming cherry blossoms; in the summer, there are green trees and plants; and in the autumn there are the changing leaves before winter. You can also see Japanese serows, which are a rare species of wild antelope-like mammal. Also, an endangered plant called Amana latifolia Erythronium has been found for the first time on the Sea of ​​Japan side of Japan.

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