Futoge Castle

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The history of Futoge castle is linked with that of Torigoe castle, but apparently there was a mansion of the Suzuki on this 260m high hill before the construction of Torigoe castle. It was called Tonosama dashiki. An army of Oda Nobunaga under the command of Sakuma Morimasa was send to this area in 1580 to suppress the last of the Ikkô-ikki. The head temple of the Kaga province, Oyama gobo, had already fallen to the Oda. But Suzuki Dewanokami, leader of the Ikkô-ikki army, defended well the castles and Morimasa had to retreat. Shibata Katsuie, another Oda general, tricked Suzuki Dewanokami in peace negotiations and instead killed him and several other Ikkô-ikki genrals at the meeting. Without leaders, the castles fell to the Oda. One year later an uprising of the Hakusan people retook the castles, but Sakuma Morimasa recovered them and slaughtered everybody(about 300 people). Sakuma Morimasa was executed after the battle of Shizugatake in 1583 and the Torigoe castle was abolished. These castles are renowned as being the last stand of the Kaga Ikkô-ikki.

Visit Notes

I actually walked from Torigoe castle to the Ikkô-ikki no sato. It's at +/-3km from Torigoe castle site. It relates the stories of Torigoe castle and Futoge castle. Admission is 300 yen; open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on mondays(if monday is a holiday, closed the day after), new year and special occasions. From Ikkô-ikki no sato it's about 400m to the entrance of Futoge castle.


Castle Profile
English Name Futoge Castle
Japanese Name 二曲城
Alternate Names Tonosama yashiki
Founder Suzuki family
Year Founded 16th century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access From Tsurugi station on the Hokuriku Railroad Ishikawa Line, Taxi 25min.
Visitor Information Open year-round; admission free
Time Required 30min
Website http://www.city.hakusan.ishikawa.jp/kankoubunkabu/ixtuki/ikkifolda/ikkoikkirekisikan.html
Location Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 21' 26.21" N, 136° 36' 3.67" E
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Added to Jcastle 2017
Contributor Furinkazan
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57 months ago
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I don't rate the Ikkou ikki museum: over-priced and shows little. Advise skipping it. Sat and watched an amateurish video because I felt I had to justify the cost of entry. Got bored. Regret. Castle's good though! There's a little bit of ishigaki left on the fourth bailey too (which apparently contained a kura). Didn't go to the detached fifth bailey, or rather, I couldn't because it was too overgrown.


84 months ago
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After visiting this site i walked 1.3km to the Kamashimizu busstop. Since i visited on a sunday, there weren't a lot of buses passing there. I had seen on a site(sadly i don't find it back) that a bus was going to Kanazawa station and passed at this busstop at 14h06. When i arrived at the busstop i didn't found a bus going to Kanazawa on sundays. I asked at a couple, who were going to a restaurant behind the busstop, what were the destinations of the busses. One destination was Tsurugi station, where i took a taxi to get at Torigoe castle. I had to wait 1h30 for the next(last, and only bus in the afternoon). I decided to wait in the busstop and take notes of the pictures i had taken at both castles. 30min later a car stopped in front of the busstop. It was the couple of the restaurant. They asked me if i was still going to Tsurugi station. In the car they asked me my destination. I told them that i was going to my hotel in Kanazawa, where i had to pick up my lugage. They decided to drop me off in front of my hotel. They didn't spoke english, but i tried to answer their questions about my journey in my little japanese. I really wanted to thank them with a little present, but they didn't want any. Thanks to them i arrived earlier in Kyôto than scheduled.