Hitachi-Fuchū Domain

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Hitachi-Fuchū Domain (常陸府中藩, Hitachi-Fuchū han) was a feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan, located in Hitachi Province (modern-day Ibaraki Prefecture), Japan. It was centered on Fuchū Jin'ya in what is now the city of Ishioka, Ibaraki. It was also known as Ishioka Domain (石岡藩, Ishioka han) or Naganuma Domain (長沼藩, Naganuma han)


The domain was created in 1602, when Rokugō Masanori, the head of the Rokugō clan, a prominent family of Dewa Province, was awarded a 10,000 koku holding in Hitachi-Fuchū for serviced rendered to Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Battle of Sekigahara. The clan was transferred to Honjō Domain in Dewa in 1623. The domain then passed into the hands of the Minagawa clan until 1645, when that clan was reduced to hatamoto status for lack of a direct heir.

In 1700, the domain was revived for the 5th son of Tokugawa Yorifusa of Mito Domain, who assumed the Matsudaira surname. The Matsudaira continued to rule the domain until the Meiji restoration. The domain was renamed Ishioka-han in 1869. It was abolished in the Haihan Chiken order of 1871.

The domain had a population of 16,913 people in 2774 households, of who, 901 were classed as samurai in 198 household and 182 were classed as ashigaru in 109 households per a census in 1869.[1]     

Holdings at the end of the Edo period[edit]

As with most domains in the han system, Hitachi-Fuchū Domain consisted of several discontinuous territories calculated to provide the assigned kokudaka, based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[2][3]

  • Hitachi Province
    • 3 villages in Ibaraki District
    • 9 villages in Namegata District
    • 6 villages in Niihari District

List of daimyō[edit]

# Name Tenure Courtesy title Court Rank kokudaka
Rokugo family crest.jpg Rokugō clan (tozama) 1602-1623
1 Rokugō Masanori (六郷政乗) 1602–1623 Hyōgō-gashira (兵庫頭) Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 koku
Japanese Crest Futatsudomoe 1.svg Minagawa clan (fudai) 1623-1645
1 Minagawa Hiroteru (皆川 広照) 1623–1625 Yamashiro-no-kami (山城守) Lower 4th (従四位下) 10,000 koku
2 Minagawa Takatsune (皆川 隆庸) 1625–1645 Yamashiro-no-kami (山城守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 ->15,000 ->18,000 koku
3 Minagawa Narisato (皆川 成郷) 1645–1645 -none- -none- 18,000 koku
Mitsubaaoi.jpg tenryō 1645–1700
Mitsubaaoi.jpg Matsudaira clan (Shinpan) 1700-1871
1 Matsudaira Yoritaka (ja) (松平 頼隆) 1700–1705 Harima-no-kami (播磨守); Jiju (侍従) Lower 4th (従四位下) 20,000 koku
2 Matsudaira Yoriyuki (松平 頼如) 1705–1707 Noto-no-kami (能登守); Jiju (侍従) Lower 4th (従四位下) 20,000 koku
3 Matsudaira Yoriaki (松平 頼明) 1707–1733 Harima-no-kami (播磨守); Jiju (侍従) Lower 4th (従四位下) 20,000 koku
4 Matsudaira Yorinaga (松平 頼永) 1733–1735 Harima-no-kami (播磨守); Jiju (侍従) Lower 4th (従四位下) 20,000 koku
5 Matsudaira Yoritomi (松平 頼幸) 1735–1742 Harima-no-kami (播磨守); Jiju (侍従) Lower 4th (従四位下) 20,000 koku
6 Matsudaira Yorisumi (松平 頼済) 1742–1784 Harima-no-kami (播磨守); Jiju (侍従) Lower 4th (従四位下) 20,000 koku
7 Matsudaira Yorisaki (松平 頼前) 1784–1795 Ukon-daibu (右京大夫) Lower 4th (従四位下) 20,000 koku
8 Matsudaira Yorihisa (松平 頼説) 1795–1833 Harima-no-kami (播磨守); Jiju (侍従) Lower 4th (従四位下) 20,000 koku
9 Matsudaira Yoritsugu (松平 頼縄) 1833–1868 Ukon-daibu (右京大夫) Lower 4th (従四位下) 20,000 koku
10 Matsudaira Yorifumi (松平 頼策) 1868–1871 Harima-no-kami (播磨守) Lower 4th (従四位下) 20,000 koku


  • Papinot, E (1910). Historical and Geographic Dictionary of Japan. Tuttle (reprint) 1972. 

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