Echizen's Murasaki Shikibu Park

Autumn leaves and the Tale of Genji

By Takako Sakamoto    - 1 min read

Located in Echizen city, Fukui, Murasaki Shikibu Park was built to commemorate the famous female Japanese author of the Tale of Genji. She spent one and half years in this area when her father was the governor of Echizen during Heian Period. In this park, there is a traditional Japanese building in the Shinden-zukuri style. This is the only building reproduced in this style throughout Japan. Although this park is well-known among local people, when I visited here during the three-day holiday in late November, (the highest season for viewing autumn leaves) there were only a few people enjoying this beautiful park. Like other places in Fukui, you'll probably have the whole park to yourself. Entry is free of charge. Highly recommended!

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.