Siege of Futamata
Siege of Futamata

Battle Information
Date 1572
Location Totomi province
Result Takeda victory, Tokugawa forces retreat
Takeda Clan Tokugawa Clan
Shingen Takeda Ieyasu Tokugawa
Notable Officers
Katsuyori Takeda Unknown
Siege of Futamata was fought in 1572 between Shingen Takeda and Ieyasu Tokugawa during the Mikatagahara campaign.

Before the battleEdit

Shingen marched his army out of his capital of Kofu in October 1572, relying on the coming snows and also relying on the Ikkō-ikki to keep Kenshin Uesugi off his tail. Shingen's first objective in the Tokugawa lands was the castle of Futamata.[1]

Futamata was a Tokugawa possession in Totomi province. It was situated on a cliff above the Tenryugawa and obtained it's water supply by lowering the buckets into the river from withen the safety of a wooden tower known as the well-tower.[2]


When Katsuyori Takeda laid siege to it he lashed together large logs to make rafts and floated these down the river as unmanned missiles. After a while the force of these rafts hitting the supports of the well-tower caused it to collapse. The garrison surrendered.[3]


Two months later the Takeda army pressed on past Futamata, heading for Hamamatsu.[4]


  1. War in Japan 1467-1615, Stephen Turnbull pg.46
  2. Samurai Source book, Stephen Turnbull pg.222
  3. Samurai Source book, Stephen Turnbull pg.222
  4. Samurai Source book, Stephen Turnbull pg.222