Funehiki Castle




Funehiki Castle is said to have been founded by, Tamura Noriaki, the second son of Tamura Yoshiaki, probably between 1560-1580. In 1586 the clan patriarch, Tamura Kiyoaki, died and a succession battle broke out. Tamura had married a member of the Sōma family but had not sired a legitimate heir, and the Sōma and Date rival clans subsequently fought for control. In 1588, after a failed assault on nearby Miharu Castle, where the Tamura were headquartered, Sōma Yoshitane holed up in Funehiki Castle. The Date sent a force to take Funehiki Castle but the Sōma fled. The Date were ultimately victorious and took control of Miharu Castle. Thereafter a succession of Tamura descendents ruled Funehiki Castle at the behest of the ascendant Date clan.

Visit Notes

The ruins of this hilltop fort, Funehikijō, are now part of Tateyama Park. One can see earthen ramparts surrounding the main bailey. The castellan’s headquarters was on the wooded ridge now occupied by Akiba-jinja.


Castle Profile
English Name Funehiki Castle
Japanese Name 船引城
Founder Tamura Noriaki
Year Founded 1550-1580
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Yuuyuu Abukuma Line, Funehiki Station, 15 min walk
Visitor Information 24hr/free
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Tamura City, Fukushima Prefecture
Coordinates 37° 26' 13.09" N, 140° 34' 26.11" E
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Added to Jcastle 2016
Contributor ART
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