With countryside scenery so peaceful, you would not think that this was the site of one of the most famous battles in Japanese history. Located here now are large monuments, flags bearing the crests of the Tokugawa and Ishida clans who participated in the battle, and rest areas.
Aside from the "Site of the Decisive Battle" itself, other locations to visit include Mt. Sasao to the northwest, which housed the encampment of Mitsunari Ishida, leader of the Western Army. The defensive bamboo enclosures and stockades used to repel cavalry have been reconstructed at the site and are joined by a stone monument that stands at the encampment's center. Visitors could also see the site where Tokugawa Ieyasu made camp for the final time, or other strategically significant locations.
The battlegrounds cover a wide area and the best way to make the most of your day would be to rent a bicycle to help you get around. There are also several model courses with extravagant names like "Decisive Battle Course" or "The Conquering of Heaven and Earth Course," which exist to help visitors find their way to the battlegrounds' most historically significant spots.
- Tradition & History
20-minute walk from JR Sekigahara Station