The samurai battle of Nagakute set the wheels in motion for one of the greatest changes in Japanese history. Today you can visit the field where that monumental event took place.
Reach Nagakute Battlefield by train.
To get to Nagakute Kosenjo Station take the Higashiyama Subway Line to its end at Fujigaoka, and then change to the Linimo monorail line. The journey takes around 45 minutes.
The Battle of Nagakute was fought between Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the ruler of Japan, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, the future shogun
The battle took place in 1584
The grounds that saw some of the fiercest fighting between the forces of Toyotomi and Tokugawa have been well preserved, and today stand as a memorial to those fallen in battle.
While exploring the old battlegrounds, you will find the graves of fallen warlords, head mounds of defeated samurai, and many other historic sites related to the battle.
The battlefield is located in what is known as Kosenjo public park, and features a memorial museum that is well worth checking out, particularly if you can read some Japanese.
There is a walking route map with English information. It should take a few hours to wander the local sites, particularly Iroganeyama Historical Park, where a monument stands that marks where Ieyasu set up his camp. Locals claim to see the ghosts of samurai warriors wandering the grounds.
If you come to the site by car, a recommended diversion is Iwasaki Castle. As the original was built in the latter half of the 16th century, the reconstruction gives a good idea of what the structures that Toyotomi and Tokugawa fought over were like.