Tsuruga Castle[Castle Special Topic Japanese History]

敦賀城:信長の側近 蜂屋頼隆が拝領しその後大谷吉継が城主となる 敦賀城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

[Castle name]
Tsuruga Castle
a castle where Yoritaka Hachiya, Nobunaga’s close advisor, and Yoshitsugu Otani once came into the possession

Tsuruga Castle was located in today’s Tsuruga-shi, Fukui.

As Nobunaga Oda was defeated by his servant, Mitsuhide Akechi at Honnoji incident, Hideyoshi Hashiba avenged Nobunaga’s death and conquered Japan.

In the process of the conquest, Yoritaka Hachiya, who had worked for Nobunaga, supported Hideyoshi and joined in the Toyotomi force at several battles such as the Battle of Shizugatake and the invasion of Narimasa Sassa’s land in Ecchu. As a reward for his service, Yoritaka received Tsuruga Castle with 40,000 Goku.

敦賀城:信長の側近 蜂屋頼隆が拝領しその後大谷吉継が城主となる 敦賀城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

Yoritaka, however, passed away from an illness while he was away on the conquest of Kyushu, and Hachiya clan extinguished. Yoshitsugu Otani was nominated for the chief of Tsuruga Castle with 50,000 Goku. Yoshitsugu was one of Hideyoshi’s close advisor and known for his excellence in pen and sword.

Upon the Battle of Sekigahara between Ieyasu Tokugawa and Mitsunari Ishida in 1600, Yoshitsugu couldn’t make up his mind which side he would support at first. He eventually decided on working for Mitsunari Ishida who had been his sworn friend. The rumor has it that Yoshitsugu had prepared for his death upon the decision.

敦賀城:信長の側近 蜂屋頼隆が拝領しその後大谷吉継が城主となる 敦賀城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

The West force led by Mitsunari seemed to win the battle in the beginning, but Hideaki Kobayakawa’s betrayal turned the table and the West force lost the battle. After Yoshitsugu committed suicide, Hideyasu Yuki came into the possession of Tsuruga along with the title on Echizen and a partial land of Wakasa. Tsuruga Castle was abandoned upon Ikkoku Ichijo Regulation (Law of One Castle per Province).

敦賀城:信長の側近 蜂屋頼隆が拝領しその後大谷吉継が城主となる 敦賀城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

The area where the Tsuruga Castle ruin is at is named as Yuki-cho. It is because a local governor was sent to this area by Hideyasu Yuki. Yuki-cho is a residential area and there is not much remaining.

7-23 Yuki-cho Tsuruga-shi, Fukui 914-0064


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