Isojima Residence




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 does not fit well elsewhere.

  • Original door into the Tsuji Bansho

  • Isojima Residence Profile
    English Name Isojima Residence
    Japanese Name 磯島家住宅
    Year Late Edo Period
    Residence Type Ashigaru
    Designations Local Historic Site
    Features Gates, Garden, House
    Visitor Information Open weekends and national holidays
    Location Hikone, Shiga Prefecture
    Castle Hikone Castle
    Coordinates 35° 16' 5.59" N, 136° 14' 58.45" E
    Hikone Castle and nearby Samurai Homes
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    Visits October 16, 2021; November 3, 2022
    Added Jcastle 2022
    Contributor Eric

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