Funehiki Castle

Castle Properties
English Name Funehiki Castle
Japanese Name 船引城
Alternate Names
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", 140° 34' 26"
Admin Visits
Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Added 2016
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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

A small site, all sign posts about the castle are gone. Today site of Akiba Shrine and a local park.

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