Ono Castle's Historic Hyakken Slope

The steepest, most arduous hiking trail to the castle!

By Takako Sakamoto    - 1 min read

There are four hiking trails to get to Echizen Ono Castle in Ono city, Fukui. Two of them start at Yanagino Yashiro Shrine grounds. Since it was the shortest trail from where I was, I took Hyakken Slope, which was a mistake! I later found out that Hyakken Slope was the steepest, and thus most unpopular trail of the four. The sign said, "This was the only path leading to the castle in olden times, and was made narrow and steep to protect the castle from enemy attack". I can vouch for it! However, this path is historic, so if you'd like to feel the history with your own legs I'd recommend that you take this path. Don't worry, there are at least steps now to help you get to the castle!

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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.