Historic Battlefield of Nagakute
Admirable enthusiasm of townspeople trying to preserve historic sites
Japan in the late 1500s was in the Sengoku Era. Warlords around the country were fighting one another to expand their domain. Among them, Oda Nobunaga had risen, aiming to dominate the whole country. However, he was killed in a rebellion by his subordinate on the verge of accomplishing his goal.
The race for his successor reached a peak in 1584, when Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who conquered the country, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, who later became the founder of the Edo Shogunate, fought one another directly in the Battle of Komaki and Nagakute. The story of these great warlords—who led the country thereafter—fighting one another has been handed down as a dramatic event in history.
The battle took place in what is now Nagakute City, near Nagoya City, and the graves of fallen warlords and many other historic sites related to the battle are all neatly preserved here. The site of the major battlefield is developed as Kosenjo Park and is registered as a designated cultural property. Nagakute History Resource Center in the park exhibits a diorama of the battle, armor, helmets, matchlock guns, and other materials. Nagakute Kosenjo Station, located near the park, is a station on the magnetic levitation train line, called "Linimo."
Address: Musashizuka, Nagakute City, Aichi
Phone: 0561-56-0602 (Secretariat of the Sightseeing Promotion Council, Nagakute City Office)
Directions: Train: 3 minutes on foot from Nagakute-Kosenjo Station, which is on the Aichi-Kotsu Linimo Line (45 minutes from Nagoya Station)