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.
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.
|English Name||Futoge Castle|
|Alternate Names||Tonosama yashiki|
|Year Founded||16th century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||From Tsurugi station on the Hokuriku Railroad Ishikawa Line, Taxi 25min.|
|Visitor Information||Open year-round; admission free|
|Location||Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 21' 26", 136° 36' 4"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|