Following in the footsteps of Oda Nobunaga
Follow this fascinating, historical route to the areas and places associated with national hero, and first of the Three Unifiers of Japan, Aichi born Oda Nobunaga.
Komaki Castle is a small but historically and strategically important castle, constructed in 1563 atop 86m high Mt Komaki, providing unhindered views across the Nobi Plain, The castle would be the first to make extensive use of defensive stonework, and would serve as a template for the future magnificent Azuchi Castle.
Kiyosu castle was built around 1405, and captured by Oda Nobunaga in 1555, killing his brother in the process. He made it his seat of power and residence, launching many major battles from the fortress. Thanks to foreign missionaries’ reports back to Europe, the castle came to be known as“One of the Greatest Castles on Earth”.
Nobunaga built a protective wall around Atsuta Shrine following his remarkable 10-1 victory at the Battle of Okehazama. Nobunaga had prayed for victory at Atsuta Shrine prior to entering the battle, and in gratitude, constructed the impressive “Nobunaga Wall”.
In June of 1560, Nobunaga defeated an invading army of 25,000 Imagawa clan troops, with just 2,500 of his own samurai. It was one of Nobunaga’s finest victories, facing the Imagawa at a ratio of ten to one! Two battlefields commemorate the skirmish, one in Midori-Ward, Nagoya City, and another in neighboring Toyoake City.
One of the most famous samurai battles,the Battle of Nagashino, also known as the Battle of Shitaragahara, took place on May 21st, 1575. The invading Takeda army were halted by Nobunaga’s 2km long wooden palisades, and 3,000 matchlocks guns, becoming one of the first major gun battles in samurai history.