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  • Komaki Castle (Komakiyama Castle)
  • Komaki Castle (Komakiyama Castle)
  • Komaki Castle (Komakiyama Castle)
  • Komaki Castle (Komakiyama Castle)
  • Komaki Castle (Komakiyama Castle)
  • Komaki Castle (Komakiyama Castle)

Komaki Castle, A Design For Future Greatness

Komaki Castle is a small but historically important castle just north of Nagoya city. The first of the Three Unifiers, the warlord Oda Nobunaga, built Komaki Castle in 1563 during his expansionist efforts and plans to defeat the neighboring warlord, Saito Tatsuoki and taking the province of Mino, modern day Gifu Prefecture.
Nobunaga was aware his retainers would not readily agree with moving their base from the long established Kiyosu Castle, and so he suggested constructing a new fortress on the steep and difficult Mt. Ninomiya in Inuyama. As expected, his men baulked at the idea, and so he suggested Komaki instead. Unable to refuse their lord a second time, Komaki was decided upon.
The position was ideal, situated on top of an 86 meter high hill providing a superb, unhindered view right across the vast Nobi Plain, and surrounding areas. Komaki is a small castle compared to many others in the area, but for history and castle buffs, it’s a must see!
This was the castle that would serve as a template for Nobunaga’s most superb castle at Azuchi a few years later. The designs and layout of both castles feature many similarities, and recent research and excavations show that Komaki was one of the first castles to make extensive use of defensive stonework that later became standard in all castles. It was also the first castle to have a properly designed castle town built below it.
The castle didn’t see action until two years after Nobunaga’s assassination, when it became one of the sites of the of the Battle of Komaki and Nagakute, a historically important conflict that began in 1584 as a siege between the forces of Oda Nobunaga’s general, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and those of his former ally, Tokugawa Ieyasu, who had taken Komaki Castle.

Komaki Castle Today

Although the three-storey keep gracing the mountaintop is fancy, a 1968 reconstruction built of concrete, (Nothing like this ever graced the mountain at the time of Nobunaga or Ieyasu) the 21 Hectares of tree-covered mountain is preserved as a National Historical Site. There is very little in the way of English information, but there are some interesting relics on display in the keep, and an easy to understand diorama of the battle that took place around the base of the hill worth viewing.

The fun in visiting Komaki Castle is looking for the remaining ruins, including stone and earthen walls, former defensive gates and water wells. The view form the top, as well as the walk around the site and through the woods is most enjoyable. Mt. Komaki is famous for it’s cherry blossom in the spring, and it is the only place in the surrounding area where the Persea, an evergreen tree related to the avocado, can be found growing naturally. It was a castle that led to greater castles being built , and so knowing a bit about its importance history increases your enjoyment of the site. It’s also an ideal place to start if you’re wanting to see the site of the Battle of Komaki Nagakute.

SPOT OVERVIEW

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Location : 〒485-0046
1-1, Horinouchi, Komaki-City, Aichi
Fee : Free for Mt. Komaki. Fee required for the Komaki Castle only. Adults 100 yen, children (elementary and junior high school students) 30 yen
* Children free on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Opening
days / hours
: 9:00~16:30
Parking : 50 parking spaces (free for the first two hours, 100 yen per 30 minutes thereafter)
Holidays : The third Thursday of each month(the following weekday if Thursday is a public holiday).
December 29 to December 31
Phone number : 0568-72-0712

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.

ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Sakae Station, take the subway Meijo Line.
    Alight at Heiandori Station and take the Meitetsu Komaki line.
    Alight at Komaki Station and 15 minutes walk.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    5 minutes from Komaki I.C

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