Nagoya Castle

Introduction of Various Rooms

Genkan, Entrance Hall

Picture of Genkan Kurumayose, Covered Formal Entrance
Genkan Kurumayose, Covered Formal Entrance

Visitors and guests would enter the Hommaru Palace via this covered formal entrance and wait to be received for formal audiences. Through the entrance are rooms featuring walls and sliding screen doors decorated with art works of ferocious looking tigers and leopards on gold leaf, and so the rooms were also known as the "Tiger Rooms".

Omote Shoin, Main Hall

Picture of Jodan-no-ma, Lord's Audience Chamber
Jodan-no-ma, Lord's Audience Chamber

When completed in 1615, this room, ostensibly the largest and grandest of all rooms, was the lords' official study and audience chamber. This room, used by the first lord, Tokugawa Yoshinao, is gorgeously decorated with brilliant colors on gold leaf.

Taimenjo, Reception Hall

Picture of Taimenjo, Reception Hall
Tsugi-no-ma, Reception Room
Jodan-no-ma, Lord's Audience Chamber

Used by the lord for private functions, audiences with his ministers and vassals, as well as for banquets. The room's walls and sliding screen doors are decorated with art depicting the four seasons in Kyoto and Wakayama Prefecture, and the customs of the townsfolk. The luxurious lacquer and gold leaf ceiling is another highlight.

Jorakuden, Shogun Accomodation Facilities

Picture of Jorakuden,, Shogun Accomodation Facilities
Ichi-no-ma, Primary Waiting Room
Jodan-no-ma, Lord's Audience Chamber

The most gorgeous and luxurious of all rooms within the Hommaru Palace, the Ichi-no-ma, Jodan-no-ma was constructed on the occasion of the third Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu's visit. The highest quality interior metalworks and art works were produced by the finest artists of the Edo period (1603-1867), particularly those of the famed Kano School.

Yudono Shoin, Bathing Room

Picture of Yudono, Bathing Room
Yudono, Bathing Room

Private bathroom facilities built solely for the Shogun's visit. Instead of a tub, it featured a sauna-like steam bath, fed by an external boiler.

Kuroki Shoin, Inner Reception Hall

Picture of Ichi-no-ma / Ni-no-ma
Ichi-no-ma / Ni-no-ma

While the majority of the Hommaru Palace is built from cypress wood, high quality pine wood, said to have been the timber from Ieyasu's residence at Kiyosu Castle, was used in the Kuroki Shoin.