The exact date when Torigoe castle was build is unknown, but must be around 1580, by Suzuki Dewanokami. He was a commander of an Ikkô-ikki army. He decided to build this castle on a 312m high hill, between the rivers Dainichi and Tedori. It stood in front of the Futoge castle(an older castle), on the opposite bank of the Dainichi river. An army of Oda Nobunaga under the command of Sakuma Morimasa was send to this castle 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 Dewanokami defended well the castle 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 castle fell to the Oda. One year later an uprising of the Hakusan people retook the castle, but Sakuma Morimasa recovered it and slaughtered everybody(about 300 people). Sakuma Morimasa was executed after the battle of Shizugatake in 1583 and the Torigoe castle was abolished. This castle is renowned as being the last stand of the Kaga Ikkô-ikki.
I didn't found a suitable public transportation to this site so i took a taxi from Tsurugi station as stated above. When you visit this site go also to the Ikkô-ikki no sato. It's at +/-3km from the 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. The internet site is only in japanese : http://www.city.hakusan.ishikawa.jp/kankoubunkabu/ixtuki/ikkifolda/ikkoikkirekisikan.html From Ikkô-ikki no sato it's about 400m to the entrance of Futoge castle.
|No main keep but other buildings
|Next 100 Castles, Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, National Historic Site
|Pre Edo Period
|gates, trenches, walls
|From Tsurugi station on the Hokuriku Railroad Ishikawa Line, Taxi 20min.(4050yen)
|Open year-round; admission free
|http://hakusan-geo.main.jp/en/areaintro/site06 04-01.html http://www.japancastle.jp/search?q=torigoe
|Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture
|36° 21' 58.93" N, 136° 36' 3.74" E
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