Map of Japanese provinces (1868
) with Echizen Province highlighted
Echizen Province (越前国 Echizen no kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area of Fukui Prefecture on the island of Honshū. Along with Etchū and Echigo Provinces, it was sometimes called Esshū (越州).
The ancient capital city of the province was at Echizen.
View of Echizen Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1853
The boundaries of Echizen were formally established during the reigns of Empress Genshō and Empress Kōken.
In the Edo period, the daimyo of Fukui Domain lived at Fukui.
In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Echizen Province were reformed in the 1870s.
Shrines and Temples
Kehi jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Echizen.