Ashinoya Jin'ya


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A medieval residence was first established by Naitō Katsushige in Ashinoya village in 1518. Ashinoya-jin'ya was established by Naitō Masatoshi in 1612, making it an example of a jin'ya which evolved from a bukeyashiki (samurai residence). Ashinoya-jin'ya was a hatamoto (bannerman) type jin'ya, and the seat of a small tenryō (fief owned directly by the Shogunate and administered through its representatives), valued at around just 440 koku.

Visit Notes

Ashinoya-jin'ya is a jin'ya and medieval residence site in Kōta Township, Nukata County. It has extant architecture and the remains of fortifications. Moat segments, dorui (earthen ramparts) and stone-piled walls are in evidence. The residence's nagayamon (rowhouse gate) dates to at least 1626, and possibly as early as the mid' 16th century - according to records, which would make it one of the oldest such nagayamon. The omoya (main living halls) dates to the mid' Edo period. The residence is still inhabited, and it is not open to the public. The residence is set back from the surrounding roads and accessed via small lanes. The front entrance twists through a masugata (square) entrance area, and continues along a tree-lined path. It is possible to proceed as far as the main gate this way, where there is an explanatory board about the site.

  • Extant Gatehouse
  • Small Masugata

Castle Profile
English Name Ashinoya Jin'ya
Japanese Name 芦谷陣屋
Founder Naitō Katsushige; Naitō Masatoshi
Year Founded 1518; 1612
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Historical Period Edo Period
Artifacts Hori, Ishigaki, Nagayamon, Omoya, &c.
Features gates, palace, trenches, stone walls, walls
Visitor Information
Access Kōta Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line; 7 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 15 minutes
Location Kōta, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 51' 29.84" N, 137° 10' 7.43" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
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