Edo Period

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Edo Period / 江戸時代

This is a subtype of Historical Period

This category includes all those castles that were active in the Edo Period. At the beginning of the Edo Period the "One Castle per province" edict forced the abandonment of thousands of smaller castles throughout Japan. The castles that remained into the Edo Period or were newly built in the Edo Period saw many changes to their construction compared to earlier castles. Since a lord could only have one castle, it tended to be bigger. Castles also shifted to Hilltops or Plains from the mountains to make them more accessible and easier to govern from. As techniques improved you would see also bigger stone walls, wider moats to prevent gunfire, and larger main keeps. Some of these techniques were developed at the end of the Sengoku Period in places like Azuchi Castle and Osaka Castle but they really became most widespread in the Edo Period to the point where you could say they were standard features of Edo Period castles.

Edo Period castles also includes a subset of fortifications called jin'ya. Jin'ya are basically fortified government offices. They were built for small domains (generally less than 30,000 koku of rice) where the lord did not have the qualifications to be a "castle lord." These were called "castleless lords" or "jin'ya lords". Jin'ya were also established for domains, like Takayama (see Takayama Jin'ya), that were directly under control of the Tokugawa government. Jin'ya are often listed as castles in castle books and materials.

There were 300 provinces (with some minor changes through the period) in the Edo Period, so you could say that in the Edo Period alone there were 300 active castles (including a handful of jin'ya)

Castles with Edo Period

  1. Aizu Wakamatsu Castle
  2. Akashi Castle
  3. Akizuki Castle
  4. Akizuki Domain South Detached Palace
  5. Ako Castle
  6. Amagasaki Castle
  7. Annaka Castle
  8. Baba Yashiki
  9. Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
  10. Chikuma Awaji Castle
  11. Echizen Katsuyama Castle
  12. Echizen Ohno Castle
  13. Edo Castle
  14. Fukuchiyama Castle
  15. Fukui Castle
  16. Fukuoka Castle
  17. Fukushima Castle (Niigata)
  18. Fukuyama Castle
  19. Funai Castle
  20. Goryokaku Fort
  21. Hagi Castle
  22. Hamada Castle
  23. Hamamatsu Castle
  24. Hekirichi Jinya
  25. Hikone Castle
  26. Himeji Castle
  27. Hirado Castle
  28. Hirosaki Castle
  29. Hiroshima Castle
  30. Hitoyoshi Castle
  31. Hizen Kashima Castle
  32. Iga Ueno Castle
  33. Iida Castle
  34. Imabari Castle
  35. Imai Jin'ya
  36. Inawashiro Castle
  37. Inuyama Castle
  38. Iwakitaira Castle
  39. Iwakuni Castle
  40. Iwamura Castle
  41. Iwatsuki Castle
  42. Iyo Matsuyama Castle
  43. Izumi Jin'ya
  44. Izushi Castle
  45. Kagoshima Castle
  46. Kakegawa Castle
  47. Kameda Castle
  48. Kamei Castle
  49. Kameyama Castle
  50. Kaminoyama Castle
  51. Kanazawa Castle
  52. Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate)
  53. Kanou Castle
  54. Karasuyama Castle
  55. Karatsu Castle
  56. Kasama Castle
  57. Katsunumashi Yakata
  58. Kawagoe Castle
  59. Kawahara Castle
  60. Kishiwada Castle
  61. Kitsuki Castle
  62. Kochi Castle
  63. Kofu Castle
  64. Kokura Castle
  65. Komatsu Castle
  66. Komoro Castle
  67. Koromo Castle
  68. Kubota Castle
  69. Kumamoto Castle
  70. Kurume Castle
  71. Kururi Castle
  72. Kushima Castle
  73. Kuwana Castle
  74. Maebashi Castle
  75. Marugame Castle
  76. Maruoka Castle
  77. Matsue Castle
  78. Matsumae Castle
  79. Matsumoto Castle
  80. Matsusaka Castle
  81. Matsushiro Castle
  82. Mibu Castle
  83. Mihara Castle
  84. Minakuchi Castle
  85. Mito Castle
  86. Mizusawa Castle
  87. Momose Jin'ya
  88. Morioka Castle
  89. Murakami Castle
  90. Nabekura Castle
  91. Naegi Castle
  92. Nagoya Castle
  93. Nihonmatsu Castle
  94. Nijo Castle
  95. Nishio Castle
  96. Niwase Castle
  97. Nobeoka Castle
  98. Numata Castle
  99. Obama Castle
  100. Obata Jin'ya
  101. Obi Castle
  102. Odawara Castle
  103. Ogaki Castle
  104. Ogurayama Castle
  105. Ojima Jin'ya
  106. Oka Castle
  107. Okayama Castle
  108. Okazaki Castle
  109. Osaka Castle
  110. Oshi Castle
  111. Otaki Castle
  112. Ozu Castle
  113. Saga Castle
  114. Saiki Castle
  115. Sakura Castle
  116. Sarushima Battery Island
  117. Sasayama Castle
  118. Sekiyado Castle
  119. Sendai Castle
  120. Shibata Castle
  121. Shichinohe Castle
  122. Shimabara Castle
  123. Shinagawa Battery Islands
  124. Shirakawa Castle
  125. Shiroishi Castle
  126. Shiryokaku Fort
  127. Shishido Jin'ya
  128. Shuri Castle
  129. Sonobe Castle
  130. Sunpu Castle
  131. Suzaki Battery
  132. Takada Castle (Niigata)
  133. Takada Castle (Okayama)
  134. Takamatsu Castle
  135. Takaoka Castle
  136. Takasaki Castle
  137. Takashima Castle
  138. Takato Castle
  139. Takatori Castle
  140. Takatsuki Castle
  141. Takayama Jin'ya
  142. Tamaru Castle
  143. Tanabe Castle
  144. Tanagura Castle
  145. Tanaka Castle
  146. Tanba Kameyama Castle
  147. Tatebayashi Castle
  148. Tatsuno Castle
  149. Tatsuoka Castle
  150. Toba Castle
  151. Tomioka Castle
  152. Tottori Castle
  153. Toyama Castle
  154. Toyooka Jinya
  155. Tsu Castle
  156. Tsuchiura Castle
  157. Tsuwano Castle
  158. Tsuyama Castle
  159. Ueda Castle
  160. Ushiku Jinya
  161. Utsunomiya Castle
  162. Uwajima Castle
  163. Wakayama Castle
  164. Yamagata Castle
  165. Yamato Koriyama Castle
  166. Yatsushiro Castle
  167. Yodo Castle
  168. Yokosuka Castle
  169. Yokote Castle
  170. Yonago Castle
  171. Yoshida Castle
  172. Yoshimizu Jinya
  173. Yunagaya Jin'ya
  174. Zeze Castle
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