Oda Hirochika


Oda Clan


Owari Province

Lifespan:  14xx to 9/24 of Entoku 3 (1491)

Other Names:  Chiyo-yashamaru (childhood), Satochika, Yojūrō (common)

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Governor of Tōtōmi

Clan:  Iwakura-Oda (Ise-no-kami branch)

Bakufu:  Muromachi 

Lord:  Shiba Yoshikado

Father:  Oda Satohiro

Siblings:  Toshihiro, Hirochika, 広遠

Children:  Tōhiro, Tsuda Takenaga, Hirotada

Oda Hirochika served as a bushō during the late Muromachi and early Sengoku periods.

Hirochika was born as the second son of Oda Satohiro.

In 1459, he built, as his base, Oguchi Castle in Oguchi in the Niwa District of Owari Province.  In 1466, Hirochika and other members of the family obeyed Shiba Yoshikado, the military governor of Owari, and, together with Asakura Ujikage (later, the military governor of Echizen), led a large army to the capital.

In 1469, upon orders of Oda Toshihiro, his older brother and the head of the Ise-no-kami branch of the Oda clan who also served as the deputy military governor of the upper four districts of Owari, Hirochika constructed Kinoshita Castle (Inuyama Castle) in the Niwa District of Owari as a defense against the Saitō clan of Mino Province.  He then moved from Oguchi Castle to Kinoshita Castle.  In the second month of the same year, he restored the Tokuren Temple on Mount Kūbo in the Niwa District of Owari (later known as the Tokurin Temple).  In 1475, his eldest son, Tōhiro, was adopted by Toshihiro, so Hirochika transferred the headship of the clan to another son, Oda Tōchika (Tsuda Takenaga).  After returning to Oguchi, he built the Manyoshi house where he lived a quite retirement.

In the eighth month of 1481, he accompanied his son, Tōhiro, and Oda Toshisada, the head of the Yamato-no-kami branch of the Oda based at Kiyosu Castle and the deputy military governor of the four lower districts of Owari, on a sojourn to Kyōto and gave tributes to Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth shōgun of the Muromachi bakufu.  In 1488, a letter was sent to Hirochika from the head of the Inryō house in Kyōto regarding the lands of the Ryūmon Temple in Mino, suggesting that his influence extended to the neighboring province of Mino.