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With an indomitable spirit, Yukimura vowed to rally and bided his time on Kudoyama.

With an indomitable spirit, Yukimura vowed to rally and bided his time in Kudoyama.
Yukimura, who lost the Battle of Sekigahara, was confined to the countryside in Kudoyama together with his father, Masayuki.

Commanded by Toyotomi Hideyori, Yukimura and his son, Daisuke entered Osaka-jo Castle, the site of the decisive battle.

Sites Connected to Sanada: Kudoyama, Koyasan

Rengejo-in TempleDefeated in the great and decisive Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Yukimura and his father, Masayuki were ordered to confine themselves to Koyasan. This temple is where they stayed.

Rengejoin Temple

This temple has the strongest connection to the Sanada Family in Koyasan. It was the first place that father and son stayed after being placed in confinement. The family crest of six coins appears throughout the temple, and in addition to the letter of contract for the temple lodging concluded by Masayuki and letters written by Yukimura, the upstairs rooms where father and son stayed have been rebuilt and opened to the public. Later, Yukimura was permitted to live with his wife and child, and left for the temple estate of Kudoyama since at the time women were banned from Koyasan. After the death of Yukimura and the Sanada Family moved to Matsushiro (Nagano prefecture), it became the Sanada Family temple in Koyasan.

There are various letters related to the Sanada Family, including a letter asking for shochu (distilled liquor) that is thought to have been addressed from Yukimura to a vassal of his older brother, Nobuyuki.

Behind the temple is a Sanada Family grave where Yukimura’s older brother, Nobuyuki and his son, Nobumasa are enshrined.

Location: 700 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-56-2233
Access: From Nankai Koyasan cable car “Koyosan Station,” take the bus for approx. 10 min. and get off at “Isshinguchi”
*Both individuals and groups can stay overnight. In addition to overnight accommodations, please inquire for details about general visits, etc.

Zenmyosho-in Temple (Sanada-an Hermitage)Yukimura spent the longest period of his life, 14 years, here with his family and retainers.

Zenmyoshoin Temple (Sanada Hermitage)

This temple of the Koyasan Shingon Sect is said to have been built on the site of the hermitage where father and son, Sanada Masayuki and Yukimura, were confined. It is called Sanada-an Hermitage. The Sanada Family crest of six coins appears throughout the temple grounds, such as on the roof tiles, gate, and votive tablets. It is a must-see for Sanada fans. The site also includes the grave of Masayuki and Sanada Treasure Museum.

Yosa Buson Haiku-inscribed Stone

	Yosa Buson Haiku-inscribed Stone

Yosa Buson was a haiku poet from the mid-Edo period. These are the haiku he recited when he visited Sanada-an Hermitage.

Well of Sealed Thunder

Well of Sealed Thunder

This is a well on the temple grounds covered by a heavy stone. Legend has it that Yukimura sealed dangerous thunder that fell on the residence into the well, thereby saving the people.

Sanada Jinushi Daigongen

Sanada Jinushi Daigongen

The spirits of three generations, Masayuki, Yukimura, and Yukimura’s son, Daisuke were deified and are worshipped as the guardian spirits of Sanada-an Hermitage. They are gods of good fortune that grant good luck, and are enshrined as gods of wisdom.

The six coins are said to be payment for crossing over the Sanzu River (the River Styx).

The wild goose has long been known as a bird that brings happiness, and the musubikarigane (knotted wild goose) was also used as a Sanada Family crest.

Location: 1413 Kudoyama, Kudoyama-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-54-2019 (Kudoyama-cho Industry Promotion Division)
Temple Hours: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Access: Approx. 10 min. on foot from Nankai Koya Line “Kudoyama Station”

Sanada Treasure MuseumThis museum located on Sanada-an Hermitage grounds houses items related to the Sanada Family.

Found on the grounds of Sanada-an Hermitage, this museum exhibits items and materials to the public that are related to the lives that Masayuki and Yukimura lived on Kudoyama. Displays include letters and weapons, armor and spearheads said to have been favorites of Yukimura. The exhibits conjure up an image of what the family’s life and bygone days must have been like. Also on display are items such as manufacturing tools for Sanada braids that were sold to support the family’s livelihood. There are also materials on display related to Saint Taian, who constructed Zenmyosho-in Temple.

Sanada braids

It is said that the Sanada braids supported the family’s livelihood and played the role of discovering the status of the provinces. They withstood vertical pulling, were strong, and were a highly reputable product. Not only were they used in everyday life, but they were also utilized as sword straps and worn on battle gear, such as armor and helmets.

Museum Hours: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Closed: Year’s end/New Year’s
Fee: 200 yen (300 yen for a group tour by the head priest; reservation required)

Sanada Burial Mound (Sanada Underground Passage)

Legend says that when Yukimura hastened to Osaka Castle, he took this underground passage running approx. 170 m east from Sanada-an Hermitage to the battle site. In fact, it is a burial mound from the late Kofun period, and is called Sanada Burial Mound after the legend of Sanada.

Location: Kudoyama, Kudoyama-cho, Ito-gun (visitors are free to walk about)
Access: Approx. 15 min. on foot from Nankai Koya Line “Kudoyama Station”

Kimi-toge PassAfter escaping Kudoyama, Yukimura headed straight for Osaka Castle.

Kimi-toge Pass lies on the border between the cities of Hashimoto, Wakayama prefecture and Kawachinagano, Osaka prefecture. Yukimura, who had decided to assist the Toyotomi side, was ready to fight and escaped from Kudoyama with his son, Daisuke and others. It is said that he took this pass when he did so.

Location: Hashiramoto, Hashimoto-shi (visitors are free to walk about)
Access: Approx. 25 min. on foot from Nankai Koya Line “Kimitoge Station”

Get to know Yukimura and his spirit on Kudoyama
Kudoyama Sanada Museum

Sanada Yukimura, the last brave general of Sengoku, came to be known throughout Japan as the greatest warrior of Japan. The NHK historical drama, Sanada Maru (created by Koki Mitani) that depicts his life was broadcasted in 2016. Kudoyama was one of the settings in the historical drama because it played a role in the three generations of the Sanada Family, Masayuki, Yukimura, and Daisuke.

In March 2016, Kudoyama Sanada Museum opened as a permanent facility on Kudoyama, just a 2-minute walk from Sanada Hermitage, which stands on the site where father and son were confined. The museum exterior will be constructed to resemble a samurai residence, while the interior will feature the family crest of six coins here and there that is familiar from the Sanada banner. Visitors are invited to enter the world of Sengoku and Yukimura.

The paths taken by the three generations of the Sanada Family and the 14 years spent by Yukimura on Kudoyama—the longest period he spent in one place—are introduced through panel displays and dramatized video.
Refer to the website for details.

Kudoyama Sanada Museum
Location: 1452-4 Kudoyama, Kudoyama-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-54-2019 (Office of the Kudoyama Council for Promoting the Taiga Drama Sanada Maru/Kudoyama-cho Sanada Maru Promotion Office)
Museum Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (last admission at 4:30 p.m.)
Closed: Mondays,Tuesdays(When it falls on bank holiday,the next weekday will be closed.),29 DEC - 03 JAN.
Fee: 500 for adults; 250 yen for elementary/junior high school students
--- temporary exhidition period
300 yen for adults; 150 yen for elementary/junior high school students
--- no temporary exhidition period
 (group discount available)
Access: Approx. 10 min. on foot from Nankai Koya Line “Kudoyama Station”

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