Ōgaki Domain

Ōgaki Castle

The Ōgaki Domain (大垣藩 Ōgaki-han) was a Japanese domain during the Edo period, located in Mino Province (modern-day Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture).


Historically, the Ōgaki area had been a highly important point of transit from Mino Province to Ōmi Province; it was vital to Saitō Dōsan and later to Oda Nobunaga. In the Edo period, the domain changed hands several times before it was given to the Toda clan, who held it until the Meiji Restoration.

Letter on Imperial stationery, signed by Toda Ujitaka, extending an invitation for Italian naval attaché Ernesto Burzagli to come to a reception attended by Emperor Meiji at the conclusion of the Russo-Japanese War (1906).

The Ōgaki Domain took part in the Boshin War, first on the side of the Shogunate, and then as one of the components of the imperial army which was at the forefront of the offensive against Aizu and the northern domains.[1]

In the Meiji period, the Toda family of Ōgaki received the rank of viscount (伯爵 hakushaku) in the new kazoku nobility.

List of lords

Ishikawa clan (Fudai; 50,000 koku)
  1. Ishikawa Yasumichi
  2. Ishikawa Ienari
  3. Ishikawa Tadafusa
Matsudaira (Hisamatsu) clan (Fudai; 20,000 koku)
  1. Matsudaira Tadayoshi
  2. Matsudaira Norinaga
Abe clan (Fudai; 50,000 koku)
  1. Abe Nagamori
  2. Abe Nobukatsu
Matsudaira (Hisamatsu) clan (Shinpan; 60,000 koku)
  1. Matsudaira Sadatsuna
Statue of Toda Ujikane, first Toda lord of Ōgaki
Toda clan (Fudai; 100,000 koku)
  1. Toda Ujikane
  2. Toda Ujinobu
  3. Toda Ujiaki
  4. Toda Ujisada
  5. Toda Ujinaga
  6. Toda Ujihide
  7. Toda Ujinori
  8. Toda Ujikane
  9. Toda Ujimasa
  10. Toda Ujiakira
  11. Toda Ujitaka
  12. Toda Ujihide

In fiction

The Ōgaki domain is the setting for Yamamoto Shūgorō's novel Hanamushiro (translated into English as The Flower Mat).

Further reading


  1. Yamakawa Kenjirō (1931). Aizu Boshin Senshi. (Tokyo: Tokyo Daigaku Shuppankai) pp. 232-33.

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