Funai Domain

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Bridge at Funai Castle, seat of the Funai Domain

Funai Domain (府内藩, Funai-han) was a Japanese domain of the Edo period. It is associated with Bungo Province in present-day Ōita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu.

In the han system, Funai was a political and economic abstraction based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[1] In other words, the domain was defined in terms of kokudaka, not land area.[2] This was different from the feudalism of the West.


Funai had been the castle of the Ōtomo clan; however, Toyotomi Hideyoshi confiscated it during the lordship of Ōtomo Yoshimune. In 1600, Takenaka Shigetoshi, the cousin of Takenaka Shigeharu (Hanbei), received Funai Castle, and land rated at 20,000 koku; he had switched sides during the Sekigahara Campaign to support Tokugawa Ieyasu. The domain was then given to Hineno Yoshiakira in 1634; however, as he died heirless, the domain was given to the Matsudaira (Ogyū) clan. The Matsudaira clan remained daimyōs of Funai until the Meiji Restoration.

List of daimyōs[edit]

The hereditary daimyōs were head of the clan and head of the domain.

  1. Shigetoshi (cousin of Takenaka Hanbei)
  2. Shigeyoshi
  • Hineno clan, 1634–1656 (tozama; 20,000 koku)
  1. Yoshiakira
  1. Tadaaki
  2. Chikanobu
  3. Chikayoshi
  4. Chikasada
  5. Chikanori
  6. Chikatomo
  7. Chikayoshi
  8. Chikakuni
  9. Chikanobu
  10. Chikayoshi

See also[edit]


Map of Japan, 1789 – the Han system affected cartography
  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.

External links[edit]

Media related to Funai Castle at Wikimedia Commons