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.
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.
|English Name||Funehiki Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Yuuyuu Abukuma Line, Funehiki Station, 15 min walk|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Tamura City, Fukushima Prefecture|
|Coordinates||37° 26' 13.09" N, 140° 34' 26.11" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2016|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|