Nirasaki-jin’ya, founded by Hitotsubashi Munetada, was the fortified headquarters of the Hitotsubashi Clan for Kai Province from 1753 to 1801. Hitotsubashi Munetada was worth 100,000 koku, and 30,000 of that was made up of territory in Kai. He had earlier had his Kai base in Usudani from 1746, but relocated to Nirasaki soon after. Kai was controlled by the Tokugawa and Munetada was from the Hitotsubashi junior branch of the Tokugawa. For this reason Nirasaki-jin'ya is also known as the Hitotsubashi-jin'ya. To distinguish it from the earlier Usudani-jin'ya I refer to it here chiefly as Nirasaki-jin'ya. For more information on the gosankyō see Tayasu-jin'ya (Tayasu branch) and Shimizu-jin'ya (Shimizu branch).
See also: Tayasu Jin'ya, Shimizu Jin'ya, Shimizu Jin'ya (Fuefuki)
Nirasaki's downtown has swallowed up any remains of Nirasaki-jin'ya and the site today is now housing and Zōzen'in, a temple. I photographed the temple; there was a small cenotaph for deceased pets there.
|English Name||Nirasaki Jin'ya|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Access||Nirasaki Station on the Chūō Main Line; 3 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; temple|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 42' 28.94" N, 138° 27' 7.34" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|
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