Tanagura Domain

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Site of Tanagura Castle, administrative HQ of Tanagura Domain

Tanagura Domain (棚倉藩, Tanagura-han) was a fudai feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan. It is located in Mutsu Province, Honshū. The domain was centered at Tanagura Castle, located in what is now part of the town of Tanagura in Fukushima Prefecture.


During the Sengoku period, Tanagura was an outpost of the Satake clan, who built the mountain-top Akadake Castle near what would later become Tanagura Castle. After the Satake were defeated and transferred to Dewa Province, the area was awarded to Tachibana Muneshige. Following the Siege of Osaka, the domain was awarded to Niwa Nagashige, who was ordered to build a completely new castle by Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada. The Niwa were followed by the Naitō clan, who continued to develop the castle and its surrounding castle town; however, under the Tokugawa Shogunate the domain saw frequent changes of daimyo. During the Bakumatsu period, Matsudaira Yasuhide was transferred to Kawagoe Domain, and Abe Masakiyo was transferred from neighbouring Shirakawa Domain. During the Boshin War, the domain was a member of the pro-Tokugawa Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei, but fell to imperial forces in 1868 after only one day of fighting. In July 1871, with the abolition of the han system, Tanagura Domain briefly became Tanagura Prefecture, and was merged into the newly created Fukushima Prefecture. Under the new Meiji government, Abe Masakoto, the final daimyo of Tanagura Domain was given the kazoku peerage title of shishaku (viscount).

Bakumatsu period holdings[edit]

As with most domains in the han system, Tanagura Domain consisted of several discontinuous territories calculated to provide the assigned kokudaka, based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[1][2]

List of daimyo[edit]

# Name Tenure Courtesy title Court Rank kokudaka Notes
Gion Mamori Inverted.svg Tachibana clan (tozama) 1603-1620
1 Tachibana Muneshige (立花宗茂) 1603-1620 Sakon-no-jo (左近将監); Jiju (侍従) Lower 4th (従四位下) 10,000->25,500->35,000 koku transfer to Yanagawa Domain
Niwa clan crest.jpg Niwa clan (tozama) 1622-1627
1 Niwa Nagashige (丹羽長重) 1622-1627 Kaga-no-kami (加賀守); Jiju (侍従) 3rd (従三位下) 50,000 koku transfer to Shirakawa Domain
SagariFuji.png Naito clan (fudai) 1627-1705
1 Naitō Nobuteru (内藤信照) 1627-1665 Buzen-no-kami (豊前守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 70,000 koku
2 Naitō Nobuyoshi (内藤信良) 1665-1674 Buzen-no-kami (豊前守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 70,000 koku
3 Naitō Kazunobu (内藤弌信) 1673-1705 Buzen-no-kami (豊前守) Lower 4th (従四位下) 70,000 koku transfer to Tanaka Domain
Maru-ni-kiyo.jpg Ōta clan (fudai) 1705-1728
1 Ōta Sukeharu (太田資晴) 1705-1728 Bitchu-no-kami (備中守) Lower 4th (従四位下) 50,000 koku transfer to Tatebayashi Domain
Mitsubaaoi.jpg Matsudaira clan (shinpan) 1728-1746
1 Matsudaira Takechika (松平武元) 1728-1746 Ukon-no-jo (右近将監); Jiju (侍従) Lower 4th (従四位下) 65,000 koku
Mon ogasawara.svg Ogasawara clan (fudai) 1746-1817
1 Ogasawara Nagayuki (小笠原長恭) 1746-1776 Sado-no-kami (佐渡守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 65,000 koku
2 Ogasawara Nagataka (小笠原長堯) 1776-1812 Sado-no-kami (佐渡守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 65,000 koku
3 Ogasawara Nagamasa (小笠原長昌) 1812-1817 Sado-no-kami (佐渡守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 65,000 koku transfer to Karasu Domain
Inoue kamon.jpg Inoue clan (fudai) 1817-1836
1 Inoue Masamoto (井上正甫) 1817-1820 Kawachi-no-kami (河内守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 60,000 koku
2 Inoue Masaharu (井上正春) 1820-1836 Kawachi-no-kami (河内守); Jiju (侍従) Lower 4th (従四位下) 60,000 koku transfer to Tatebayashi Domain
Japanese Crest Tuta.png Matsudaira clan (fudai) 1836-1866
1 Matsudaira Yasutaka (松平康爵) 1836-1854 Sakon-no-jo (右近将監) Lower 5th (従五位下) 60,000 koku
2 Matsudaira Yasukado (松平康圭) 1854-1862 Suwo-no-kami (周防守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 60,000 koku
3 Matsudaira Yasuhiro (松平康泰) 1862-1864 Suwo-no-kami (周防守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 60,000 koku
4 Matsudaira Yasuteru (松平康英) 1864-1866 Suwo-no-kami (周防守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 60,000 koku transfer to Kawagoe Domain
Alex K Hiroshima Asano kamon.svg Abe clan (fudai) 1868-1871
1 Abe Masakiyo (阿部正静) 1866-1868 Mimasaka-no-kami (美作守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 100,000 koku
2 Abe Masakoto (阿部正功) 1868-1871 - none - -none - 100,000 koku

See also[edit]

List of Han


  1. ^ Mass, Jeffrey P. and William B. Hauser. (1987). The Bakufu in Japanese History, p. 150.
  2. ^ Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (1987). Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, p. 18.


  • The content of this article was largely derived from that of the corresponding article on Japanese Wikipedia.
  • Papinot, E (1910). Historical and Geographic Dictionary of Japan. Tuttle (reprint) 1972. 

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