This mausoleum in the town of Nanbu was constructed for Toshiyasu Nanbu, the fourth son of the 27th lord of the Nanbu clan. He was born in the Sannohe Castle in 1608, and in 1626 he was made lord of the Asamizu Castle in the current town of Gonohe. Toshiyasu resided at the Sannohe Castle where he was left to govern over administrative affairs when his father was gone. But then in 1631 he fell sick and passed away at the young age of 24.
The mausoleum built for Toshiyasu is the only one of its kind in the whole of the Nanbu clan history and is decorated with extravagant materials like gold and lacquering ornamentations. It is of significant historical value as it exemplifies the area’s use of the Momoyama architectural style, as well as for its aesthetic beauty. The wall paintings of the mausoleum are thought to be in the style of the Kano school of the early Edo period. It was designated a national important cultural property in 1953.
The Mausoleum of Toshiyasu Nanbu
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- Visitors must first go to the Shoujujidate Site Information to gain access to the mausoleum.Address: Shojuju81-2 Komukai, Nanbu, Sannohe District, Aomori
- The Mausoleum of Toshiyasu Nanbu 9:00～16:00
- Dec 29 ~ Jan 3
- 7 min by car from Sannohe Station