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Echizen is a city in Fukui Prefecture where Murasaki Shikibu had a one year residency with her father.


Echizen is a city in Fukui Prefecture and was once known as the ancient Koshi Province. The city was an important military center for many centuries. There you will find the remains of former castles all over the area. Archaeological digs have uncovered roof tiles, weapons, tools, and other items at places where castles once stood. Echizen is also known for the many shrines and temples located in the region. There are well over 300 of these religious sites. The most known of the religious structures is the Oshio Hachiman Shrine, which has been designated an Important Cultural Property. In the city there is the Murasaki Shikibu Park, which was built in her honor. She had spent a year living in Echizen Province when her father was placed as governor of the region. The statue of Murasaki Shikibu in the park faces the direction where Kyoto is located. There is a neighborhood called Washi no Sato, which is dedicated to the traditional craft of Japanese papermaking. In the Papyrus Center you can find information and workshops about traditional Echizen paper.