|English Name||Fukazawa Castle|
|Year Founded||16th C.|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Access||Gotenba Sta. or Ashigara Station (Gotenba Line), 50 min walk|
|Visitor Information||Private property, be respectful. Open anytime.|
|Location||Gotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 19' 30", 138° 57' 24"|
|Visits||April 13, 2014|
This castle started as the palace of the Fukazawa. It was fortified into a castle in the 16th C. by Imagawa Ujichika to watch over the Ashigara and Koshu Highways and the confluence of the Mabuse and Nuke Rivers. In 1568 it became the site of a pitched battle between the Hojo and Takeda Shingen. The Hojo prevented Takeda from moving into the Suruga Province but he came back the following year and succeeded in conquering the castle in 1570. The Hojo quickly fought back and retook the castle, but a few months later Takeda himself went back to lay siege to the castle. Hojo Ujinari gave up and surrendered the castle. The castle was commanded by Komai Masanao for the Takeda until 1582 when he set fire to the castle and abandoned it. When the area came under the control of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1584, Ieyasu rebuilt the castle for his perimeter defenses. After the fall of the Hojo in 1590 the castle was no longer necessary and was abandoned.
Visit NotesThe ruins are on a mix of private property. The guy form the house by the road was following me at a distance the whole time and watching me suspiciously making it very uncomfortable. Even if it's private it's still open and that was a bit rude.
Daiunin, a nearby temple, has the original Otemon and is only about a 15 min walk away.
There is also an occasional bus from Gotenba Sta. that goes near the castle, but I bicycled from Gotenba.