Shobata Castle




Shobata Castle was likely founded by Nobunaga's grandfather Oda Nobusada. Nobunaga himself is thought to have been born here. The castle deftly made use of natural rivers for its defense, but the castle eventually fell into disuse when Nobuhide took control of Nagoya Castle and moved his main base there.

Chris Glenn has already published a fantastic article on Shobata Castle so to avoid the risk of plagiarizing his great work, just go read it over there and then come back here. Shobata Castle, Birthplace of Oda Nobunaga

Visit Notes

The diorama is in an enclosure just outside the Shobata Station and is definitely one of the better models I've seen. The castle is roughly a ten minute walk away. This is probably the only castle where I've taken more photos of the diorama than the castle site itself. Despite some potential historical importance it is hard to recommend this site to any but the most die hard fans. Shobata Castle suffered the same fate of most flatland castles and was the victim of altering the course of rivers and development and modernization erasing it from the modern landscape.

I dropped by on the first day of a trip to Nagoya but unfortunately it rained all the next 2 days so this was the only castle I ended up visiting on the trip. After filling up on miso katsu, miso nikomi udon and some unagi I went home early.

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Castle Profile
English Name Shobata Castle
Japanese Name 勝幡城
Founder Oda Nobusada
Year Founded 1504-1521
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Shobata Sta, 10 min walk
Visitor Information park, open 24/7
Time Required 10 mins
Location Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 11' 59.68" N, 136° 44' 38.04" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2023
Admin Visits Feb 12, 2023
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