Mouse over a marker on the map to see a photo and description.
The goal of this project is to record all the remnants of Edo Castle that you can see today. It is still a work in progress. I have a few more places to visit and photos to take. The scale of Edo Castle is truly amazing. If you arrived on this page directly without reading the profile of Edo Castle, I encourage you to read that too. This page has more photos than the profile so please view the photos from here. For further details, the photos are also divided by subject and location below. The Google Map is overlayed with an old map from 1803. Use the slider next to the map button in the upper right to change the level of transparency.
A note about Maps
I've always loved maps. I could spend hours looking at maps of all types from street maps to topographic maps. Naturally, I've always been interested in maps of old Edo. The map used above is known as the Bunken Edo Map. It is actually compiled from an Edo Period (1803) atlas of Edo. It is one of the most accurate maps made in the Edo Period, which is why I'm using it here (see copyright note below). It's not an exact match to the real Google map but it is fairly close given the time period. I also pinched and stretched the map in some places to help it fit on the Google map a bit better. Click through (coming soon...) to find out more about Edo Period maps.
The Edo Period map overlaid on the Google map above is used with written permission from the National Diet Library. The thumbnail map images in the section that divides photos by location are from the Mansei O-Edo Map, bought from and used with permission of the Japan Map Center Foundation. I put a lot of work into these pages and the fine people above put a lot of work into digitizing their old maps. Please be a good internet citizen and do not use someone else's intellectual property without their permission. Even though the maps may be old the digitization of those maps is protected by copyright laws.