Mt. Komaki

Daisei W&T is based out of Komaki city in Aichi prefecture.
The city is home to Mt. Komaki (Komaki yama), the symbol of Komaki city.
Mt. Komaki is a national historic site.
Located at 1, Horinouchi, Komaki city, Aichi prefecture, this hill is in the western region of Komaki city, to the immediate west of the central town area.
The Komakiyama castle is known to be built by NOBUNAGA ODA as his residence. Even now, in the surrounding area of Komaki city, nature is preserved to a great extent and is popular as an oasis for residents.
This is an introduction to Mt. Komaki, which has witnessed the history of the Komaki city from the age of civil war up to now.

Komaki castle was the first castle in Japan constructed using stone walls.

Built in the sixth year of the Eiroku era (1563),
it is the oldest stone walled structure in Japan


It was built to conquer the Mino province.
It was of great importance as a front-line base in the conquest of Mino province.
Owing to its crucial position, the castle was fortified by building a stone wall near the mountain top using huge stones and thus a strong defense was built.
This is said to be the oldest stone wall in Japan.

Komakiyama castle built by NOBUNAGA ODA

Construction of the Komakiyama castle
 
NOBUNAGA ODA built the Komaki castle in the 6th year of the Eiroku era (1563) and shifted his residence to Komaki castle from Kiyosu castle.
This was the time when Nobunaga had already defeated YOSHIMOTO IMAGAWA in the Battle of Okehazama and had eliminated the threat from the east by sealing his alliance with IEYASU of Mikawa.
NOBUNAGA had almost unified the Owari province and repeatedly invaded the Mino province.

As far as the literary evidence goes, NOBUNAGA shifting his residence from Kiyosu to Mt. Komaki has been mentioned in a scene describing Nobunaga’s maneuvers in the first volume of “The chronicle of Lord Nobunaga”. However, there is no mention of the year in which the castle was built.

However, the analysis of ancient documents belonging to the same era, such as epistles and journals that depict the activities of Lord Nobunaga leads to the common belief that the Komakiyama castle was built in the 6th year of the Eiroku era.
The period of 4 years from the invasion of Inabayama castle by Nobunaga in the province of Mino up to his shifting to Gifu is considered as the period of Nobunaga.

Mt. Komaki of today and its location

Historic site of Mt. Komaki of today
 
The base stretches for nearly 400 m from North to South and for nearly 600 m from East to West. This hill is 85.9 meters high with a single peak formed of Paleozoic strata.
A single peak rises up from the Nobi Plain presenting a beautiful site. It is a symbolic place of Komaki city.
Amid ongoing urbanization in the surrounding areas, Komaki city has become an oasis for residents as its dense greenery has been preserved.
The densely green Mt. Komaki with “Komaki city museum of history” at its top is visible from a vast stretch of land. Particularly, while traveling on the elevated Tomei Meishin expressway and Nagoya expressway, it is visible from a considerable distance. Not only does it serve as a landmark, but you can also enjoy a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view from the Komaki city museum of history at its top.
Mt. Komaki was designated as a historic site on 26th October 1972. Out of the total designated area of 205,956.24 m2, a large part belongs to the Komaki city. The area surrounding Hachiman shrine in the southern part belongs to the shrine.

Location of the Mt. Komaki historic site

1-1, Horinouchi, Komaki city, Aichi, Japan

Related books

Manga NOBUNAGA ODA Koden “Kirin no jo”
NOBUNAGA ODA Koden “Kirin no jo”
Art by – KOU SUZUKI
This comic depicts the young NOBUNAGA ODA who had a dream of unifying Japan under one ruler and started building the first ever castle in the Komaki area.
It depicts how Nobunaga achieved his dream by building a castle with its innovative stone wall and first-of-its-kind castle town.