Oda Hidenobu

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Oda Hidenobu
Oda Hidenobu
Native name
織田 秀信
Mino Province
DiedJuly 24, 1605(1605-07-24) (aged 24–25)
Mino Province
AllegianceGoshichi no kiri inverted.svg Toyotomi clan
大一大万大吉.svg Western Army
Years of service1582–1600
RankHead of Oda clan
UnitMon-Oda.png Oda clan
Other workBuddhist monk

Oda Hidenobu (織田 秀信, 1580 – July 24, 1605) was the son of Oda Nobutada and lived during the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the late-16th century. His other name was Sanbōshi (三法師).

Succession dispute[edit]

When Oda Nobutada and Oda Nobunaga, Hidenobu's father and grandfather, respectively, were killed during the Incident at Honnō-ji in 1582, there was a dispute as to who would rule the Oda clan between Oda Nobutaka and Oda Nobukatsu, the third and second sons of Nobunaga respectively. Toyotomi Hideyoshi settled the dispute by supporting Hidenobu. Though Hidenobu was only an infant, he was declared the heir.[1]

Battle of Sekigahara[edit]

Hidenobu followed in serving under Ishida Mitsunari during the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Before the battle, he had controlled Gifu Castle, an important element in Mitsunari’s overall plans; however, he ended up losing the castle during the Battle of Gifu Castle against Ikeda Terumasa and Fukushima Masanori. After losing at Sekigahara, Hidenobu's vassals committed seppuku in Gifu Castle. The blood-stained floorboards eventually became the ceiling in Sōfuku-ji in Gifu. The ceiling is now called the Blood Ceiling.[2] Hidenobu himself died five years after the defeat at Sekigahara.


  1. ^ Sansom, George (1961). A History of Japan, 1334-1615. Stanford: Stanford University Press. p. 311. ISBN 0804705259.
  2. ^ Gifu City Walking Map. Gifu Lively City Public Corporation, 2007.