Echizen Province

Echizen Province
Echizen Province in 1868.

Echizen Province

Echizen Province (越前国) was an old Province of Japan, located in what is now Fukui Prefecture.1

Legendary Period

It is mentioned in the Nihongi alongside that of Echigo Province and Etchu Province. However, they are grouped together and given the name of Koshi. Koshi being the fifth island of Japan created by Izanami and Izanagi.2


The Province was created in the 7th Century as part of the Taika Reforms when the Province of Koshi was broken into Echizen, Echigo and Etchu.3


1. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
2. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697″. Tuttle Publishing.
3. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.

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Echizen Province