This castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi when he was attacking Toyama Castle and Sassa Narimasa in 1585. It was a support castle for Shiratori Castle. After the fall of Narimasa, the region came under the control of Maeda Toshiie and Okajima Kazuyoshi became the new lord of Yasuda Castle. After Toshiie died in 1599, Toshinaga became the new lord of the Ecchu region and Okajima also returned to Kanazawa. It briefly served as an administration facility but was abandoned in the early 1600's.
The Honmaru, Ninomaru and Migi Kuruwa (right bailey?) and moats were restored from 1990-1994 based on historical records and excavations. Though mostly buried or turned into rice fields, the underlying structure and artifacts were in very good condition. The complete restoration also makes it a valuable historical site.
Fuchu-Usaka station is 2 stations away from Toyama station on the Takayama line. Exiting the station go right and right again on the next road to go over the railroad tracks. Go straight ahead. When you'll reach the other side of the Ida-river, you'll see the site. There is not alot to see here apart some earthen embankments and moats. In the little museum you'll see some images of the excavations and some info of other sites in Toyama-prefecture. The site is well know for its waterlilies.
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|National Historic Site
|Pre Edo Period
|Fuchû-Usaka Sta. (JR Takayama Main Line), 15 min walk
|Museum open from 09:00 to 17:00; Closed on mondays and the day after if a holiday, and end of year and New year holidays; Entrance fee : free.
|http://www8.city.toyama.toyama.jp/kanko/album detail.phtml?Record ID=60cf962efeeacf19f818eb9b91b0cd41&TGenre ID=230
|Toyama, Toyama Prefecture
|36° 40' 49.01" N, 137° 9' 38.99" E
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