Owari Province

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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Owari Province highlighted

Owari Province (尾張国, Owari no Kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area of Aichi Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1] including much of modern Nagoya. It is also known as Bishū (尾州).

The ancient capital of Owari was near Inazawa

History[change | change source]

View of Owari Province, woodblock print by Hokusai, 1830

The province was created in 646.[1]

In the Sengoku Period, Oda Nobunaga held Kiyosu Castle.[2]

In the Edo period, the Tōkaidō road was the main route between the Imperial capital at Kyoto and the main city of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The road passed through Owari.[3]

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Owari Province were reformed in the 1870s.[4]

Geography[change | change source]

Owari and Mino provinces were separated by the Sakai River.

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

Masumida jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Owari. [5]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Owari" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 767.
  2. Kiyosu City website, "Kiyosu Castle" Archived 2008-02-09 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-1-19.
  3. Nussbaum, "Tōkaidō" at p. 973.
  4. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-1-19.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Owari Province at Wikimedia Commons