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