Echizen Katsuyama Castle (Echizen Katsuyama-jo) located in Katsuyama 勝山市 in Fukui prefecture and which features 3 large dragons was built in 1579. Today the castle is a museum which proudly displays a collection of artifacts from Japan and China, some of which date back 700 years. The castle itself is five tiered and contains 10 floors. At 57.8 meters, measured from the bottom rock wall to the top of the fish adorning the roof, Katsuyama Castle is the tallest in Japan.
On display in the various exhibition rooms are numerous historical and cultural Japanese artifacts, including a sword constructed during the Kamakura era. Besides various exhibition rooms, the castle also has a tea ceremony room and a library. From the sixth floor observatory there is a commanding view of Echizen Daibutsu, Katsuyama City and surrounding areas; even Mt. Hakusan can be seen.
There are three other big tourist attractions for those of you visiting Katsuyama, the world class Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, the winter Ski Jam Katsuyama and the Daishizan Seidaiji temple (Echizen Daibutsu) which contains biggest bronze Buddha statue in Japan.
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