Kawasaki Battery (Obama Domain)

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In 1854, the year following the arrival of the 'Kurofune' of Commodore Matthew Perry of the US Navy, Obama Domain constructed a series of daiba (battery emplacements for cannon) throughout its coastal territory in order to protect Wakasa Bay. Kawasaki-daiba was one of several daiba constructed in the area of Obamajō, the centre of the domain. The Kawasaki-daiba was constructed and commanded by Shigeta Ūemon. Others, such as Kurokuwa Hachibē, constructed nearby daiba, including Oshirohama-daiba, Umiteura-daiba, Matsuǵashita-daiba, and Hachimanshita-daiba. Between these daiba there were over fifty cannons, of which Kawasaki-daiba contained seven. Kawasaki-daiba was decommissioned in the Meiji period; the daiba site is now a park.

Visit Notes

Kawasaki-daiba was a battery emplacement built by the Obama Domain in the Bakumatsu period. The site is now a small park at the edge of reclaimed land used mostly for industrial purposes. The park is surrounded by embankments. My impression was that these embankments were the remains of the daiba; there is a small explanation panel about the daiba and its history.

  • Daiba site
  • Map of daiba area; park to right

Castle Profile
English Name Obama Domain Kawasaki Battery
Japanese Name 小浜藩川崎台場
Founder Obama Domain; Shigeta Ūemon
Year Founded 1854
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Obama Station on the Obama Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; park
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Obama, Fukui Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 30' 2.16" N, 135° 44' 28.72" E
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Contributor ART
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