Echizen Ono Castle

A "Castle in the Sky" shrouded in morning mist.

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Castle

Echizen Ono Castle rises to the top of Mount Kameyama (249 meters above sea level) in Ono City, Fukui Prefecture.
The castle was initially built around 1580 but burned down in 1775. The current castle was reconstructed in 1968.
Early each morning, the cool air from the surrounding mountains gather in the Ono basin, creating a sea of white clouds. Ono Castle appears to float above the clouds when this happens, earning it the nickname "Castle in the Sky."

Depending on the weather each day, there are days where the cloudscape may or may not appear. However, from October through April, the likelihood of the "Castle in the Sky" occurring is high! Supposedly it is most likely during November.
The Castle in the Sky view typically appears from sunrise to around 9 am.
The scene is particularly likely to unfold when it rained the previous day or when there is little wind blowing.
It isn't a sight always available every day, so there's a certain extra feeling of satisfaction if you do manage to catch it!

Highlights

  • The castle rises on the top of Mount Kameyama in Ono City, Fukui Prefecture.
  • The castle we see now is a reconstruction from 1968.
  • Along with Takeda Castle (Hyogo Prefecture) and Bicchu Matsuyama Castle (Okayama Prefecture), it is well known as a "Castle in the Sky" floating in a sea of clouds.
  • The Castle in the Sky view can be seen by climbing Inuyama, about 1 km from Echizen Ono Castle (about a 20-minute hike), only when the weather conditions are right.

Photos

  • Echizen Ono Castle in a sea of clouds

    Echizen Ono Castle in a sea of clouds

  • Echizen Ono Castle in a sea of clouds

    Echizen Ono Castle in a sea of clouds

  • Echizen Ono Castle on a clear day

    Echizen Ono Castle on a clear day

  • Echizen Ono Castle

    Echizen Ono Castle

  • Cherry blossoms in the spring

    Cherry blossoms in the spring

  • Echizen Ono Castle blanketed in snow

    Echizen Ono Castle blanketed in snow

Reviews

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  • Ting SA

    陡峭的階梯讓我爬的氣喘吁吁,山上的視野真的不錯😌

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Details

Name in Japanese
越前大野城
Postal Code
912-0087
Address
3-109 Shiromachi, Ono City, Fukui
Tel
0779-66-0234
Hours
April to September 9:00am – 5:00pm, October to November 9:00am – 4:00pm
*Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed
December 1st through March 31st
Admission
Adults 300 yen. Junior high school students and younger free.
Access
30 minutes on foot or 15 minutes by bus from JR Etsumihoku Line Echizen-Ono Station
Official Website
Official Website (English)