Hikone Domain

The Hikone Domain (彦根藩, Hikone Han) was a feudal domain of Japan during the Edo period.[1] It was established in 1600 with Ii Naomasa as the first daimyō. All fifteen daimyō were from the Ii clan.

A large fudai domain, Hikone was initially rated at 180,000 koku. The rating reached a peak of 300,000 (with the status of a 350,000 koku domain), and in 1871, when the domain was abolished, it was 200,000 koku.

The domain initially had its headquarters at Sawayama, the castle that had been occupied by Ishida Mitsunari prior to the Battle of Sekigahara. Construction of the new castle at Hikone began in 1603.

List of daimyōsEdit

A guidepost marking the site of the former residence for the Ii clan in Edo (present-day Chiyoda, Tokyo)
  • Ii clan, 1600–1871 (fudai; 180,000→150,000→200,000→250,000→300,000→200,000 koku)
  1. Naomasa[2]
  2. Naokatsu
  3. Naotaka
  4. Naozumi (Served as Tairō)
  5. Naooki (Served as Tairō)
  6. Naomichi
  7. Naotsune
  8. Naoharu (later changed name to Naomori; served as Tairō)
  9. Naonobu
  10. Naosada
  11. Naoyoshi
  12. Naosada (2nd time)
  13. Naohide (Served as Tairō)
  14. Naonaka
  15. Naoaki
  16. Naosuke (Served as Tairō)[2]
  17. Naonori

See alsoEdit


Map of Japan, 1789 -- the Han system affected cartography


  • Nussbaum, Louis Frédéric. (2005). Japan Encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 48943301

This article incorporates material from the article 彦根藩 (Hikone Han), retrieved from the Japanese Wikipedia on September 13, 2007.

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