Maruoka Castle (丸岡城 Maruoka-jō ) is a Japanese castle, located in Maruoka, Fukui, and famous for its donjon (tenshu), the oldest in Japan. Built in 1576 by order of Shibata Katsutoyo, only the central tower (tenshu) remains; the grounds are used by the local populace for festivals such as hanami and traditional parades. The castle is also known as Kasumi-ga-jō (霞ヶ城 Mist Castle ) due to the legend that whenever an enemy approaches the castle, a thick mist appears and hides it.
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- Schmorleitz, Morton S. (1974). Castles in Japan. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co.. ISBN 0-8048-1102-4.
- Motoo, Hinago (1986). Japanese Castles. Tokyo: Kodansha. p. 200 pages. ISBN 0-87011-766-1.
- Young, David and Michiko. Introduction to Japanese Architecture. Hong Kong: Periplus Editions, 2004. pp97, 100.
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