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. Hyogo Castle
  33. Iga Ueno Castle
  34. Iida Castle
  35. Iijima Jin'ya
  36. Imabari Castle
  37. Imai Jin'ya
  38. Inawashiro Castle
  39. Inuyama Castle
  40. Iwakitaira Castle
  41. Iwakuni Castle
  42. Iwamura Castle
  43. Iwatsuki Castle
  44. Iyo Matsuyama Castle
  45. Izuki Jin'ya
  46. Izumi Jin'ya
  47. Izushi Castle
  48. Kagoshima Castle
  49. Kaibai Castle
  50. Kaibara Jinya
  51. Kakegawa Castle
  52. Kameda Castle
  53. Kamei Castle
  54. Kameyama Castle
  55. Kaminoyama Castle
  56. Kanazawa Castle
  57. Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate)
  58. Kanou Castle
  59. Karasuyama Castle
  60. Karatsu Castle
  61. Kasama Castle
  62. Katsunumashi Yakata
  63. Kawagoe Castle
  64. Kawahara Castle
  65. Kishiwada Castle
  66. Kitsuki Castle
  67. Kochi Castle
  68. Kofu Castle
  69. Kokura Castle
  70. Komatsu Castle
  71. Komoro Castle
  72. Koromo Castle
  73. Kubota Castle
  74. Kumamoto Castle
  75. Kurume Castle
  76. Kururi Castle
  77. Kushima Castle
  78. Kuwana Castle
  79. Maebashi Castle
  80. Marugame Castle
  81. Maruoka Castle
  82. Matsue Castle
  83. Matsumae Castle
  84. Matsumoto Castle
  85. Matsusaka Castle
  86. Matsushiro Castle
  87. Mibu Castle
  88. Mihara Castle
  89. Minakuchi Castle
  90. Mito Castle
  91. Mizusawa Castle
  92. Momose Jin'ya
  93. Morioka Castle
  94. Murakami Castle
  95. Nabari Jinya
  96. Nabekura Castle
  97. Naegi Castle
  98. Nagoya Castle
  99. Nihonmatsu Castle
  100. Nijo Castle
  101. Nishio Castle
  102. Niwase Castle
  103. Nobeoka Castle
  104. Numata Castle
  105. Obama Castle
  106. Obata Jin'ya
  107. Obi Castle
  108. Odawara Castle
  109. Ogaki Castle
  110. Ogurayama Castle
  111. Ojima Jin'ya
  112. Oka Castle
  113. Okayama Castle
  114. Okazaki Castle
  115. Osaka Castle
  116. Oshi Castle
  117. Otaki Castle
  118. Ozu Castle
  119. Saga Castle
  120. Saiki Castle
  121. Sakura Castle
  122. Sarushima Battery Island
  123. Sasayama Castle
  124. Sekiyado Castle
  125. Sendai Castle
  126. Shibata Castle
  127. Shichinohe Castle
  128. Shimabara Castle
  129. Shinagawa Battery Islands
  130. Shingu Castle
  131. Shirakawa Castle
  132. Shiroishi Castle
  133. Shiryokaku Fort
  134. Shishido Jin'ya
  135. Shuri Castle
  136. Sonobe Castle
  137. Sunpu Castle
  138. Suzaki Battery
  139. Takada Castle (Niigata)
  140. Takada Castle (Okayama)
  141. Takamatsu Castle
  142. Takaoka Castle
  143. Takasaki Castle
  144. Takashima Castle
  145. Takato Castle
  146. Takatori Castle
  147. Takatsuki Castle
  148. Takayama Jin'ya
  149. Tamaru Castle
  150. Tanabe Castle
  151. Tanabe Castle (Wakayama)
  152. Tanagura Castle
  153. Tanaka Castle
  154. Tanba Kameyama Castle
  155. Tatebayashi Castle
  156. Tatsuno Castle
  157. Tatsuoka Castle
  158. Toba Castle
  159. Tomioka Castle
  160. Tottori Castle
  161. Toyama Castle
  162. Toyooka Jinya
  163. Tsu Castle
  164. Tsuchiura Castle
  165. Tsuwano Castle
  166. Tsuyama Castle
  167. Ueda Castle
  168. Ushiku Jinya
  169. Utsunomiya Castle
  170. Uwajima Castle
  171. Wakayama Castle
  172. Yamagata Castle
  173. Yamato Koriyama Castle
  174. Yamura Jin'ya
  175. Yanagizakaue Fort
  176. Yatsushiro Castle
  177. Yodo Castle
  178. Yokosuka Castle
  179. Yokote Castle
  180. Yonago Castle
  181. Yoshida Castle
  182. Yoshimizu Jinya
  183. Yunagaya Jin'ya
  184. Zeze Castle
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