Chofu han

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  • Territory: based around Shimonoseki
  • Lords: Môri clan
  • Kokudaka: 50,000
  • Other Names: 長門府中藩 (Nagato Fuchû han)
  • Japanese: 長府藩 (Choufu han)

Nagato Fuchû han, often abbreviated to Chôfu han,[1] was a branch domain of Chôshû han. Ruled by a branch of the Môri clan, the domain was based in the city of Shimonoseki, and had a kokudaka of 50,000 koku. The lords of Chôfu were "castle-holder" (shiro-nushi or shiro-mochi) daimyô, and were assigned to the Yanagi-no-ma in Edo castle.

The domain's kami yashiki (upper mansion) in Edo was located in what is today Roppongi 6-chôme, adjacent to or including the area today covered by Roppongi Hills. A portion of the grounds is maintained as a park or garden today, under the name Môri Gardens.[2]

The Meiji period Nihonga pioneer Kanô Hôgai is among the notable figures originally from Chôfu; he was born and raised the son of Kanô Seikô, a court painter in the official service of the lords of Chôfu, and later succeeded his father to that position.[3]


  • Yamamoto Hirofumi, Sankin kôtai, Kodansha gendai shinsho (1998), 187.
  1. The Chô of Chôfu being the same as the Naga of Nagato.
  2. Nihon kinsei seikatsu ehiki: Ryûkyûjin gyôretsu to Edo hen 日本近世生活絵引:琉球人行列と江戸編、Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials, Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture, Kanagawa University 神奈川大学日本常民文化研究所非文字資料研究センター (2020), 110.; Google Maps.[1]
  3. "Kanô Hôgai," Asahi Nihon rekishi jinbutsu jiten 朝日日本歴史人物事典, Asahi Shimbunsha.