12 Chapter of Nagoya Tour: Chapter 9 – Course Featuring the Townscape of Arimatsu and the Battle of Okehazama
Welcome back everyone. We are now in Chapter 9 (getting there) and learning a lot more about the history of Nagoya and Japan as I go through these 12 Chapters each week. This week’s chapter features an important historical area of Nagoya. Arimatsu is a small town that has a well-preserved Edo Period buildings and houses as well as a park that was the site of the Battle of Okehazama – an important battle where Oda Nobunaga (a hero in these chapters) defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto (one of the villains in these chapters) and henceforth united Japan in the 16th century.
I didn’t realise the importance of this chapter in Japan’s history until I found the historical park and read the wall where the brief history of the battle was written. I hope you’re as excited as I was…Let’s go for a stroll.
1. Townscape of Arimatsu. Designated as townscape preservation district of Nagoya. Now, this is a townscape! Traditionally a lodging village along the Tokaido highway during the Edo period. From the Atimatsu station it is only a matter of stepping out and down to the street level. You then walk into ancient Edo period. The street around the station is lined with buildings and houses, very well-preserved, it made you feel you were in 17th and 19th century Japan.
2. Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum. One of the traditional crafts of Japan, the Arimatsu Tie-Dyeing contributes for the majority of all tie-dyeing produced in Japan with over 100 dyeing techniques. All over the town of Arimatsu you will see items that have been tie-dyed and they are beautiful. The museum holds showing and lesson for the craft, unfortunately, it was in Japanese. The museum has a boutique on the first level where one can buy a variety of tie-dyed items.
3. Okehazama Historic Battlefield Park. In 1560 approximately 2000 soldiers led by Nobunaga defeated Yoshimoto and his forces of 25,000 took place here. It is believed that this park was where Yoshimoto took his last stand. After winning the battle Nobunaga initiated the reunification of Japan as one nation.
4. Chofuku-ji Temple. This temple retains a wooden statue of Yoshimoto and believed to have supplied sake and food to his forces during the battle of Okehazama. There isn’t much information about the shrine other than what was stated in the tour guide. The temple itself is small and very conservative.
5. Okehazama Shinmeisha Shrine. Known in the past as Okehazama village. Prior to the battle of Okehazama Yoshimoto’s retainer Sena Ujitoshi with around 200 warriors came to pray for victory, donating barrels of sake. These barrels are said to still remain within the shrine. It is believed that over 1000 defeated warriors fled here and lived a life of seclusion, who then established this shrine.
This course was quite easy to follow, even with the combination of train, walking and bus modes to get to each point of interest. The town itself was beautiful.
If you haven’t seen the previous chapters and would like to, here they are:
Chapter 1: Nagoya Castle Course
Chapter 2: Course covering region of the Owari Tokugawa family and the Cultural Path
Chapter 3: Oda Nobunaga “Owari’s Foolhardy Youth” Course
Chapter 4: Course Covering the Birthplace of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyomasa
Chapter 5: Course for Experiencing Nagoya Manufacturing
Chapter 6: Nagoya Stroll Course
Chapter 7: Funtown Osu Course
Chapter 8: Atsuta History Course
Heres hoping everyone have a safe and fun week. See you next time.