The Isojima Residence is the best preserved Ashigaru residence in Hikone and the only one that is regularly open to the public. It is now owned by the city and except for a few minor changes, faithfully preserves the original ashigaru home. The small room in the back was a later addition and the direct connection from the house to the Tsuji Bansho guard house was also a change. Originally the Bansho would not have been connected to the house and would not have had an opening onto the garden. The guard house would have been alternately manned by the ashigaru of this subdivision not just the residents of the house. A small door along the side which is typically close would have been used for the Bansho.
I am including photos of the bansho here, because it is connected to the house today and do not fit well elsewhere.
|Isojima Residence Profile|
|English Name||Isojima Residence|
|Year||late Edo Period|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Features||Gates, Garden, House|
|Visitor Information||Open weekends and national holidays|
|Location||Hikone, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 16' 5.59" N, 136° 14' 58.45" E|
|Hikone Castle and nearby Samurai Homes|
|Visits||October 16, 2021; November 3, 2022|