Kutsuki Shuzen Jin'ya

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Kutsukishuzen-jin'ya was established in 1698 by Kutsuki Noritsuna as a daikansho (sub-fiefdom's main hall) for Fukuchiyama Domain's holdings in Ōmi Province (Fukuchiyama is in Tanba Province). The jin'ya site measured 70m by 50m. It was used until 1825 when the territory became a Tenryō (Shogunal territory) as part of a land exchange. It was replaced by the nearby Kutsukiizuminokami-jin'ya in Kitanoshō. 'Shuzen' refers to the title-name of Shuzen which successive generations of Kutsuki bannermen in Hachiman took; after Noritsuna his descendents Naotsuna, Kitsuna, Nagatsuna and Tsunahiro all took the inherited name Shuzen (a famous example of this inherited naming system ('franchise'?) is 'Hattori Hanzō' (the last known Hattori Hanzō, as we all know, made a sword for Uma Thurman (sarcasm))).

Visit Notes

No ruins remain of Kutsukishuzen-jin'ya, and the site is now a residential block in the town of Hachiman. There is an old house on site which is rather a fetching and a worthy inheritor of the jin'ya perhaps. Excavations seemed to have been carried out at the site.


Castle Profile
English Name Kutsuki Shuzen Jin'ya
Japanese Name 朽木主膳陣屋
Founder Kutsuki Noritsuna
Year Founded 1698
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Ōmi-Hachiman Station on the Biwako Line; 30 minute walk or 7 minute drive (bicycles can be rented at the station)
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Ōmi-Hachiman, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 8' 20.72" N, 136° 5' 13.38" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Jōkaku Tanbō
Masaki Shibata

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