Tokumi Jin'ya


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Tokumi Domain was a 17th century feudal holding in Kai Province. Tokumi-jin’ya was established in 1633 by Itami Yasukatsu who served as a jōban at Kōfujō, being an assistant or sub-castellan to the castellan there. He was awarded a small fief in Mikkaichiba worth 3,000 koku. He also held territory outside of Kai, and had a wage as the Kofujōban, being worth 24,000 koku in all. Tokumi-jin’ya oversaw his territory in Kai. Itami Yasukatsu also served as magistrate of Sado, but I don’t know that he ever went there. Regardless, much of the domain’s business was ran by his son, Itami Katsunaga. Katsunaga became the new lord when his father died in 1653. In 1662 Katsunaga was stabbed to death at his Edo residence by Isshiki Naoamasa. Katsunaga was succeeded by Itami Katsumasa, his son. Katsumasa helped developed the Kurokawa gold mines, and also had a role at the Shōgun’s palatial castle of Minokuchijō. Katsumasa died in 1691. His son and successor, Itami Katsumori was the last lord of Tokumi. In 1698, aged 26, he committed suicide in a latrine at Edojō. The suicide was attributed to madness. The Tokumi Domain was abolished upon his death.

Visit Notes

Of Tokumi-jin’ya no ruins remain and the site is now fields, mostly grape orchards. There is a rise in the earth now lined with large stone blocks. From the satellite imagery this looked promising, but having looked it over I don’t know that it’s related to the jin’ya.


Castle Profile
English Name Tokumi Jin'ya
Japanese Name 徳美陣屋
Founder Itami Yasukatsu
Year Founded 1633
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Enzan Station on the Chūō Main Line; 30 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Kōshū, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 42' 59.98" N, 138° 43' 4.26" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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