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