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Most viewed - Battle of Sekigahara Historic Site 関ヶ原古戦場
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Samurai armor with matchlock gun bullet holes.1442 viewsCreated by an experiment with matchlock gun fired at the body armor at over 50 meters aways, piercing both the front and back body armor.
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Weapons used in battle1010 views
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Sekigahara saw one of Japan's most pivotal battles on Oct. 21, 1600 (Sept. 15 of Keicho 5) between Tokugawa Ieyasu's Eastern Forces and Toyotomi Hideyoshi loyalist Ishida Mitsunari's Western Forces. 928 viewsIeyasu's victory in the Battle of Sekigahara sealed Japan's historical fate for the next 250 years. The former battlefield is dotted with monuments indicating the positions of various warlords during the battle.
This photo shows Mt. Momokubari where Tokugawa Ieyasu first set up his base camp for the Battle of Sekigahara. It is next to busy Route 21. A short distance east of Sekigahara Station. The former Sekigahara battlefield has numerous monuments.
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Unique helmets worn by warlords on the battlefield.797 views
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara756 views
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Map of battlefield for Western Forces. Also see Ishida Mitsunari Birthplace in Nagahama, Shiga.694 views
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Statue of Lord Takenaka Hanbei 竹中半兵衛重治576 views
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Illustration of Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp where he inspected the heads of his defeated enemies.548 views
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View of the Sekigahara battlefield from Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp at Momokubari.522 views
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Map on lookout deck.521 views
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Panoramic view of where the Battle of Sekigahara started. Most battle monuments are within walking distance from the train station, but they are numerous and spread over a wide area.508 viewsThe battle started at the foot of the hill on the left of the road. The small hill on the right was where Shimazu Yoshihiro was stationed. Mt. Ibuki is in the background in the middle.
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara507 views
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Banners mark the site where the battle started.503 views
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Warlord banners, left to right: Kuroda, Fukushima, Honda, and Tokugawa.498 views
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Ieyasu and his troops were here from about 6 am to 10 am on the day of the Sekigahara battle. He later moved closer to the front line as the battle was going his way. This is a National Historic Place. 桃配山 徳川家康最初陣跡476 views
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The battle started at the foot of the hill on the left of the road. The small hill on the right was where Shimazu Yoshihiro was stationed. Mt. Ibuki is in the background in the middle.462 views
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Banners and a monument mark the spot on Mt. Momokubari where Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp was established during the Battle of Sekigahara on Sept. 15, 1600.458 views
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Defensive barriers on Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡447 views
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2nd floor437 views
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At the top, see the two large rocks which served as a table and bench for Ieyasu. 家康の腰掛岩と机石418 views
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Steps going up to Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp at Momokubari during the Battle of Sekigahara on Oct. 21, 1600 (Sept. 15 of Keicho 5). Today it's just a small hill. The highway seemed to have cut through most of it.409 views
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Illustration of Mt. Matsuo where Lord Kobayakawa Hideaki was based.402 views
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Steps going up to Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.388 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp, as seen from the final battlefield. 笹尾山387 views
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Ishida Mitsunari, age 41 at the time of the battle387 views
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Ishida Mitsunari's banner with his family crest.381 views
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Banner with Ukita Hideie's crest.381 views
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Profiles of neutral armies370 views
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Path to the Kaisenchi or site where the battle started, at the foot of the hill straight ahead. 開戦地365 views
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Foot of Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡357 views
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Foot of Mt. Sasao, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡354 views
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Profiles of Western Forces352 views
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Monument marking the site where the Sekigahara battle started. 開戦地343 views
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Warlord banners336 views
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Cannon334 views
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Monuments marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara. The banners have the Tokugawa family crest.334 views
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Monument marking the site where the Sekigahara battle started at 8 am on Sept. 15, 1600 (Oct. 21 Western calendar) with Ii Naomasa firing upon Ukita Hideie.328 views
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Sekigahara Battlefield, now occupied mainly by rice paddies, a school, and homes. 関ヶ原古戦場323 views
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Site where the battle started and Mt. Matsuo in the background.323 views
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Monument for the final battle, about 1 km in front of Mt. Sasaoyama, where the fighting was the fiercest. 決戦地294 viewsThe left banner has the Ishida Mitsunari's crest and the right banner has the Tokugawa crest.
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Path to Konishi Yukinaga's station, near where the battle started.292 views
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡284 views
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Lookout deck with a bird's eye view of the battlefield.280 views
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Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館280 views
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Conch shell for battle.278 views
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Monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.278 views
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Barriers and steps looking down the slope.276 views
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Inside Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館276 views
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Area around Konishi Yukinaga's position.276 views
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Battlefield as seen from the final battle site. Thousands died here. The battlefield is a small plain surrounded by hills and mountains.275 views
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Behind the monuments is a trail probably used by Ieyasu's troops on Mt. Momokubari-yama.274 views
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Lookout deck on Mt. Sasao. 笹尾山270 views
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Well where the decapitated heads of Western Force leaders were washed.269 views
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Sign explaining that the two rocks below were said to be used as a bench and table for Ieyasu.267 views
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡264 views
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Sekigahara Battlefield and Mt. Matsuo 関ヶ原古戦場258 views
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Another smaller monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.245 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone marker. 笹尾山241 views
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚241 views
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Steps up to the top of Mt. Sasaoyama.238 views
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Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館238 viewsNear Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp.
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡238 views
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Inside Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp236 views
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position. 井伊直政・松平忠吉 陣跡235 views
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Site where the battle started as seen from Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.231 views
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚228 views
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Banners mark the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.223 views
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West Burial Site for the corposes of West Forces leaders. Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚222 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.218 views
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Banners with Kyogoku Takatomo's crest.218 views
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Monument for the final battle. By 1 pm, Ishida's Western Forces fell apart, and Ishida fled the scene at 2 pm. 決戦地216 views
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Art park to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the battle in the year 2000. Near the Shimazu position.216 views
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Memorial shrine215 views
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Top of Mt. Sasaoyama214 views
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚213 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡212 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡206 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.205 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro205 views
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp202 views
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚198 views
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro from Satsuma (Kagoshima). Ishida asked for his assistance at 10 am, but was refused.198 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.195 views
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Hill where Shimazu was.195 views
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position now within the grounds of junior high school. 藤堂高虎・京極高知陣跡192 views
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Top of Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument191 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano. At 10 am, he moved here from Mt. Momokubari to be closer to the front line. 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡190 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro184 views
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp182 views
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Memorial tree181 views
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Path to/from Shimazu Yoshihiro's monument.181 views
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Path to Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.179 views
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.179 views
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.178 views
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.178 views
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Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position, near Sekigahara Station. And also next to Higashi Kubizuka.176 views
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Signs show the way and distance to the various monuments.173 views
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Rear view of monument marking the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.172 views
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp171 views
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Site of Fukushima Masanori's position. 福島正則陣跡171 views
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position.170 views
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position. 井伊直政・松平忠吉 陣跡170 views
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Monument marking the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.161 views
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚160 views
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Monument marking Fukushima Masanori's position.159 views
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Fukushima Masanori's position and shrine.156 views
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Monument at West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚155 views
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Monument at West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka154 views
 
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