On June 21st 1582, Akechi Mitsuhide, a retainer of Lord Oda Nobunaga, attacked Nobunaga as he rested and forced him to commit seppuku ... more »(a form of Japanese ritual suicide),in what came known as the Battle of Yamazaki (sometimes referred to as the Battle of Tennou).Thirteen days later Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598), a daimyo during the Sengoku Period, avenged his Lords (Nobunaga) death by defeating Mitsuhide and assuming Nobunaga's authority and power for himself.
Today, Yamazaki has the atmosphere of a quiet peaceful village and is a popular destination for hikers and those interested in the history of the area.There are Shrines and Temples to visit, where you can take-in the serenity that comes with visiting such complexes. There are two museums, one dedicated to the history of Yamazaki, and the other a Museum of Art. Also there is the Myoki-an (Taian) tea-house,designated as a national treasure.After your days sightseeing, why not relax with a drink and a bite-to-eat at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the area.But, before you leave, wander up to the Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Distillery and take the tour through the factory, taste the whisky and relax in the library sampling some of the 4000 or so Whiskeys. less «