Yamakami Domain

Yamakami Domain (山上藩, Yamakami-han) was a Fudai feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan. It was located in southeastern Ōmi Province, in the Kansai region of central Honshu. The domain was centered at Yamakami jin'ya, located in what is now the Yamakami neighborhood of the city of Higashiōmi in Shiga Prefecture.[1]

Yamakami Domain
Domain of Japan
CapitalYamakami jin'ya
 • Coordinates35°04′44″N 136°18′13.5″E / 35.07889°N 136.303750°E / 35.07889; 136.303750
 • TypeDaimyō
Historical eraEdo period
• Established
• Disestablished
Today part ofpart of Shiga Prefecture
Yamakami jin'ya
Yamakami jin'ya
Yamakami jin'ya
Location of Yamakami jin'ya


Yamakami was located in a strategically important location on a road connecting Ōmi with Ise Province and the area was hotly contested by various warlords in the Sengoku period. Yamakami Domain was created for Inagaki Shigetada, a hatamoto in the service of Shogun Tokugawa Ietsuna who rose through the ranks of the Shogunate bureaucracy, including serving as a wakadoshiyori. He gained additional fiefs with his promotions, eventually meeting the required kokudaka to be allowed to establish a cadet branch of the Inagaki clan. Inagaki Shigetada constructed a jin'ya and jōkamachi, but the domain's financial situation became critical during the time of the 3rd daimyō, Inagaki Sadayoshi, when both of the domain's Edo residences burned down in a fire. Fiscal reforms ended in failure, and under his successors the domain's situation went from bad to worse with repeated crop failures and the Great Tenmei famine. Appointments to the posts of Osaka kaban and Sōshaban within the shogunal administration were also a serious drain on resources. [2]

During the Bakumatsu period, the 8th daimyō, Inagaki Motokiyo, served as Ōbangashira and Kaigun Bugyō and was a staunch supporter of the Shogunate. However, when he fell ill and was replaced by Inagaki Motoyoshi at the start of the Boshin War, the domain quickly changed sides to the imperial cause. As with all domains, Yamakami Domain was abolished in 1870 with the abolition of the han system. It subsequently was incorporated into Ōtsu prefecture, and then Shiga Prefecture. [2]

Bakumatsu period holdingsEdit

As with most domains in the han system, Yamakami Domain consisted of a discontinuous territories calculated to provide the assigned kokudaka, based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[3][4]

List of daimyōEdit

Inagaki Motoyoshi, final daimyō of Yamakami, post-Meiji restoration
Name Tenure Courtesy title Court Rank kokudaka
1 Inagaki Shigesada (稲垣重定) 1698–1707 Aki-no-kami (安芸守) Junior 5th Rank, Lower Grade (従五位下) 13,000 koku
2 Inagaki Shigefusa (稲垣重房) 1708–1720 Nagato-no-kami (長門守) Junior 5th Rank, Lower Grade (従五位下) 13,000 koku
3 Inagaki Sadakazu (稲垣定享) 1720–1740 Aki-no-kami (安芸守) Junior 5th Rank, Lower Grade (従五位下) 13,000 koku
4 Inagaki Sadakazu (稲垣定計) 1740–1792 Nagato-no-kami (長門守) Junior 5th Rank, Lower Grade (従五位下) 13,000 koku
5 Inagaki Sadaatsu (稲垣定淳) 1792–1823 Wakasa-no-kami (若狭守) Junior 5th Rank, Lower Grade (従五位下) 13,000 koku
6 Inagaki Sadanari (稲垣定成) 1823–1834 Nagato-no-kami (長門守) Junior 5th Rank, Lower Grade (従五位下) 13,000 koku
7 Inagaki Motoatsu (稲垣太篤) 1834–1860 Nagato-no-kami (長門守) Junior 5th Rank, Lower Grade (従五位下) 13,000 koku
8 Inagaki Motokiyo (稲垣太清) 1860–1869 Wakasa-no-kami (若狭守) Junior 5th Rank, Lower Grade (従五位下) 13,000 koku
9 Inagaki Motoyoshi (稲垣太祥) 1869–1871 -none- 3rd Rank (正三位) 13,000 koku

See alsoEdit


  • 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.
  • Nigi, Kenichi (2004). 藩と城下町の事典―国別. Tokyodo Printing. p. 397. ISBN 978-4490106510.*


  1. ^ Nakayama, Yoshiaki (2015). 江戸三百藩大全 全藩藩主変遷表付. Kosaido Publishing. ISBN 978-4331802946.(in Japanese)
  2. ^ a b Oishi, Gaku (2020). 江戸五百藩-ご当地藩のすべてがわかる. Chuokoron-Shinsha. ISBN 978-4128001354.(in Japanese)
  3. ^ Mass, Jeffrey P. and William B. Hauser. (1987). The Bakufu in Japanese History, p. 150.
  4. ^ Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (1987). Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, p. 18.