Futatsugi Castle (Azumi)
Futatsugijō, also called Futatsugitosanokami-yakata, was the fortified manor hall of Futatsugi Tosanokami, who capably saw to the survival of the Futatsugi clan along with his brother, Futatsugi Bungonokami, in the turbulent Sengoku period. The Futatsugi clan were active in the area since the Muromachi period. Tosanokami’s descendants served the Ogasawara clan as warriors whilst some others reverted to farming.
I found the site of Futatsugijō somewhat interesting despite not identifying any ruins. There was a sign to designate the fortified manor site, which it called 'Futatsugi Castle', as well as another which indicated the site of a gate, so that was already more than I had expected. What was nice was that the site of the yakata is now that of a large, walled residence, and it was easy to imagine this old home as the rightful inheritor of the old Futatsugi Manor Hall. There were lots of large, traditional dwellings in this area so I had a nice – if brief – look around. Legend-tier castle bloggers have tentatively identified possible dorui (earthen ramparts) here, and old (but not that old) maps of the area indicate such castle features.
|English Name||Azumi Futatsugi Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Hitoichiba Station on the Ôito Line; 25 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Private Property|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Azumino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 15' 34.99" N, 137° 53' 10.32" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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