Residence Type

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English Name Residence Type
Japanese Name
Description Signifies the social class of the samurai resident


Residences for ashigaru, or foot soldiers


Residences designed for Daimyo or Daimyo level family members. Typically the Daimyo and his family would live in the goten on the castle grounds proper, but there are cases, such as Matsushiro Castle where a residence besides the goten was built for this purposes. Further, until the very end of the Edo Period most family members had to live in Edo. Since no Edo Period daimyo residences still exist in Tokyo, this category is very small.

Lower Class

Residences for lower class samurai

Middle Class

Residences for middle class samurai

Upper Class

Residences for upper class samurai