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