MUNTAKA CHASANT
PEOPLE & STORIES
feature image

Photo of The Real Honno-ji Incident Spot in Kyoto

The Honnō-ji Incident refers to Akechi Mitsuhide‘s betrayal of his Lord Oda Nobunaga in the Honnō-ji Temple in Kyoto on June 21, 1582. The daimyō (feudal lord) Oda Nobunaga had firm control over central Japan, having destroyed the Takeda clan in the Battle of Temmokuzan, earlier. His only rivals, Uesugi Kenshin, Mōri Motonari […]

December 19, 2019

The Honno-ji Incident Spot in Kyoto, Japan. © 2017 Muntaka Chasant

The Honnō-ji Incident refers to Akechi Mitsuhide‘s betrayal of his Lord Oda Nobunaga in the Honnō-ji Temple in Kyoto on June 21, 1582. The daimyō (feudal lord) Oda Nobunaga had firm control over central Japan, having destroyed the Takeda clan in the Battle of Temmokuzan, earlier. His only rivals, Uesugi Kenshin, Mōri Motonari […]

The Honnō-ji Incident refers to Akechi Mitsuhide‘s betrayal of his Lord Oda Nobunaga in the Honnō-ji Temple in Kyoto on June 21, 1582.

The daimyō (feudal lord) Oda Nobunaga had firm control over central Japan, having destroyed the Takeda clan in the Battle of Temmokuzan, earlier.

His only rivals, Uesugi KenshinMōri Motonari, and Hōjō Ujiyasu, had all died and left their clans weak.

Oda Nobunaga seized on this and hit the clans even harder.

Nobunaga cut short his tour of the Kansai region with Tokugawa Ieyasu to aid Hashiba Hideyoshi at the Takamatsu Castle.

Nobunaga ordered Akechi Mitsuhide, his general, to also go to Hideyoshi’s aid. However, instead of heading to the Takamatsu Castle, as instructed by Nobunaga, Akechi rather headed to Kyoto with his army, announcing at some point that “the enemy is in the Honnō-ji” (Teki wa Honnō-ji ni ari).

Akechi and his men attacked Oda Nobunaga at the Honnō-ji temple, forcing the daimyō to commit suicide.

On the request of Nobunaga, Mori Ranmaru, an aide, set the temple on fire to avoid Aketchi from recovering the daimyō’s head.

As a fan of Oda Nobunaga, I set out with a dear friend, Fumi-san, to track down the real Honnō-ji Incident spot while in Kyoto a few years back.

The Honnō-ji Temple in Nakagyo Ward is not the real spot the incident took place.

Kyoto was burned down several times in history, including the Kinmon Incident in 1864, when thousands of buildings were destroyed in the rebellion.

So, a lot of rebuilding has gone on in Kyoto’s history.

Hidden near a curb, we found the real Honnō-ji Incident spot in the Nakagyo Ward, about 1.2 km away from the current Honno-ji Temple.

The site of the incident was moved from the real site at Oikeshita, Teramachi, Nakagyo-ku to the current Honnoji-ji Temple by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1587.

There you go — the real Honnō-ji Incident spot after 435 years!

It was a great feeling to found the site.

Akechi Mitsuhide’s reasons for betraying his Lord Oda Nobunaga remains a mystery.

See the comedy Honnouji Hotel to understand a bit more about the context of this site.

Here’s the movie’s trailer:

Honnouji Hotel (Honnouji Hoteru) 2017 Movie Trailer

© 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Leave a comment below to join the conversation

All photos & text on Muntaka.com are copyrighted. Do not copy or reuse without permission.