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Nagoya-City Okehazama Battlefield Park

  • Okehazama Battlefield Park
  • Okehazama Battlefield Park
  • Okehazama Battlefield Park
  • Okehazama Battlefield Park
  • Okehazama Battlefield Park

The Battle Of Okehazama was fought on the outskirts of Nagoya City on June 12, 1560, when 2,500 samurai under local warlord Oda Nobunaga attacked and defeated a larger invading army of 25,000 under Imagawa Yoshimoto at a ratio of ten to one!

Imagawa Yoshimoto, (1519-1560) a powerful warlord, based in modern-day Shizuoka, had become daring enough to make an attempt on the capital, Kyoto. To do so required steamrolling across the provinces, one of which was Owari, held by the charismatic Oda Nobunaga. Imagawa took the vitally important Tokaido main route, entering Nobunaga’s territory and camped just outside of modern day Nagoya in an area known as Dengaku- hazama, near the village of Okehazama.

Nobunaga could only raise 2,500 men. He left his castle at Kiyosu and traveled via the Atsuta Shrine where he prayed for victory before arriving at the Zenshoji, a fortified temple overlooking the Imagawa forces camp site. Nobunaga ordered his men to set up war flags and banners around the temple to give the appearance of a much larger army in residence.

The Attack

The Imagawa forces were celebrating their recent victories over a number of smaller Oda held castles with sake and food. Using a thunderstorm to mask their movements, the Oda troops left the Zenshoji and made their way down from hills above the small valley, and struck hard at the heart of the Imagawa camp.

Imagawa Yoshimoto was in his tent-like war camp enclosure when he heard the first of the fighting. Thinking it was a drunken brawl amongst his men, he left the camp to investigate, and was shocked to see Oda troops bearing down on him. Imagawa fought off one attack by a spear wielding Oda samurai, cutting through the spear thrust at him, and into the man's leg. He was then tackled by a second Oda samurai, who promptly took his head. Imagawa Yoshimoto was just 41 years old.

The battle raged for a short while afterwards, but with their leader having been dispatched early, and all but two of the senior officers killed, the remaining men surrendered. Nobunaga's 2,500 troops had defeated an army of 25,000!

This was one of the most significant turning points in Japanese history. 
The battle saw the end of the powerful Imagawa clan, while Nobunaga took his first steps towards ruling the nation before being assassinated in 1582. It also allowed the freedom of one of the Imagawa clan's prized hostages, a man who would eventually become shogun. Tokugawa Ieyasu!

The Battle Site Today

The battlefield is now a park, with a fine statue of Oda Nobunaga and Imagawa Yoshimoto near where Imagawa is believed to have fallen. The Oda route is well sign-posted in Japanese and English and is easily traced providing a better understanding and appreciation of the battle. Other related historical spots include the Seven Head Mounds, where enemy heads were mass buried, the nearby Chofukuji Temple, where many more heads were interred, the Pine Tree of Military Planning, and the areas where the battle was launched and fought.

SPOT OVERVIEW

Location : 〒458-0913
3 Okehazama-Kita, Midori-Ward, Nagoya-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Phone number : 050-5532-9180

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ACCESS

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    Access by public transport
    •From Arimatsu Station of the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (board from Meitetsu Nagoya Station), take the Nagoya City Bus (one of the following lines: Naruko 13 (鳴子13), Arimatsu 12 (有松12), Kosoku 1 (高速1), or Midori Junkai Circular (緑巡回)), get off at Makuyama and walk 1min (170m) southeastwards.

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