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Inazawa-City, Aisai-City Birthplace of Oda Nobunaga / Shobata Castle Site

  • Birthplace of Oda Nobunaga / Shobata Castle Site
  • Birthplace of Oda Nobunaga / Shobata Castle Site
  • Birthplace of Oda Nobunaga / Shobata Castle Site
  • Birthplace of Oda Nobunaga / Shobata Castle Site

According to the ancient manuscript, "Records of Owari Castles," defining the birth sites of many of Aichi’s famed samurai, the first Unifier of Japan, popular warlord Oda Nobunaga, is said to have been born at Shobata Castle in 1534.

Shobata Castle, straddling the border between Aisai and Inazawa cities in Aichi Prefecture, was built between 1504 and 1520 using the Nikko River as a natural moat, and as a feed for the intricate moat system protecting the castle. Surrounding the square shaped castle were a number of long, thin, co-joined island rings around the central castle area, which was constructed of high earthen banks, creating a protective bowl-like effect. The main castle covered an area around 228 meters long and 208 meters wide.

The name of the castle originally came from the local area, which translated meant Salt Fields (shio-bata). However, upon building the castle, Nobunaga’s father Oda Nobuhide changed the kanji characters to have a similar sound, but with the stronger, more auspicious name of Shobata. In 1532, Nobuhide moved his base to Nagoya Castle, and left one of his retainers in charge. The following year, 1533, the court noble, Yamashina Tokitsugu was invited by Nobuhide to Shobata Castle. Yamashina recorded in his diary his surprise at the scale and performance of the castle, and of the hospitality and economic strength of the Oda clan.

The Castle Today

Shobata Castle was abandoned around 1538. Today, the bulk of the castle site has been swallowed up by modern housing, and through the changing course of the Nikko River since the Edo period. Stone monuments and explanatory signs have been placed at the castle site, and at the plaza in front of Shobata Station nearby you can see an approximate model reconstruction of the castle as well as a statue of Nobunaga as a baby. The castle site is now designated an Inazawa City Historical Site, and is a must see spot for fans of the mighty Oda Nobunaga.

  • Nobunaga Oda born birth place / Shobata Castle Ruins
  • Nobunaga Oda born birth place / Shobata Castle Ruins
  • Nobunaga Oda born birth place / Shobata Castle Ruins


Location : 〒490-1323
Within Shironouchi, Heiwa-cho, Inazawa-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (Shobata Castle Site)
2266-4 Gohyoiri, Shobata-cho, Aisai-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (Meitetsu Tsushima Line, Shobata Station)

*: Access map points to Shobata Castle Site.
*: The statue of Nobunaga as a baby is at Shobata Station.
Fee : Free of charge
Parking : Not available
Phone number : 0587-32-1111

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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    [Shobata Castle Site]
    From Meitetsu Nagoya Station, take the Meitetsu Tsushima Line to Shobata Station. Walk 11 min.

    *: The statue of Nobunaga as a baby is in the rotary of Shobata Station.

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