|English Name||Futamata Castle|
|Year Founded||around 1520|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||National Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Features||trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Futamatahonmachi Sta. (Tenryuhamanako Line); 10 min walk|
|Location||Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 51' 44", 137° 48' 34"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
It is esimated that Futamata Castle was built in the early to mid 1500s by the Imagawa. It was ruked by the Futamata and Matsui as retainers for the IMagawa until it was taken over by Tokugawa in 1568. Futamata Castle was one of the main defenses for Hamamatsu Castle, the home castle of Tokugawa Ieyasu. In 1572 the castle was taken over by Takeda Katsuyori, but it was retaken by Ieyasu again in 1575. Like Suwahara Castle, this was retaken as Tokugawa used the momentum from his win at Nagashino to take back many lands that were taken by the Takeda.
In 1579, Ieyasus eldest son Nobuyasu was ordered to commit seppuku by Ieyasu (as per the wishes of Oda Nobunaga). Nobuyasu and his wife Tukiyama were accused of conspiring with the Takeda. Tsukiyama, one of Nobunaga's daighters, was also executed here.
The castle was abandoned when Tokugawa moved to Kanto.
Convenient stop between Kakegawa and Hamamatsu. Beautiful scenery along the river, minimal ishigaki and an interesting history. They have a loud-speaker that plays the story of the castle on repeat to dramatic music.
History by Kris; photos by Kris and RaymondW