Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

       
3d Himeji-jo 3D Puzzle Japanese Castles 1540-1640

Edo Castle

Images: Daniel O'Grady

江戸藩

Edo Domain


徳川氏
1600 - 1869

Tokugawa Clan

* Koku

江戸城
Edo Castle is classified as a flatland castle (its layout: Kakakushiki), and is located in Tōkyō. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Musashi Province. It is associated with the Tokugawa clan. Dates in use: 1457 - 1868.

This was once the largest castle on Earth. It was home to the Shogun's who ruled Japan during the Edo period. Now just a few gates, turrets & guardhouses remain in addition to the extensive walls & moats. Throughout its entire history fires & bombing during WWII have seen the loss of the majority of the original buildings.

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Timeline

1457 The Ota clan constructed a castle here.
1524 The Hōjō clan seized control of the castle from the Uesugi clan.
1590 Tokugawa Ieyasu became lord of the castle.
1592 The Nishinomaru enclosure was completed.
1606 The Honmaru, Ninomaru, Sannomaru and the outer enclosures were completed.
1607 The main tower & the Kitanomaru enclosure were completed.
1611 The Nishinomaru enclosure was extended.
1623 The main tower was rebuilt.
1624 The Nishinomaru Palace was renovated. It burnt to the ground 10 years later.
1629 Expansion of the castle commenced. It was completed 7 years later.
1639 The Honmaru Palace burnt down. It was rebuilt the following year.
1657 The main tower & the buildings of several enclosures burnt down.
1659 The Honmaru Palace & the Fujimi Turret were reconstructed.
1747 The Ninomaru Palace burnt down. It had been rebuilt just six years prior.
1838 The Nishinomaru Palace burnt down. It was rebuilt the following year.
1844 The Honmaru Palace burnt down. It was rebuilt the following year.
1852 The Nishinomaru Palace burnt down. It was then rebuilt.
1859 The Honmaru Palace burnt down. It was rebuilt the following year.
1863 The Nishinomaru & the Honmaru Palaces burnt down. The Nishinomaru Palace was rebuilt the following year.
1867 The Ninomaru Palace burnt down.
1923 The Fujimi Turret collapsed in an earthquake.
1945 The Ote Gate burnt down in WWII bombing.
1967 The Ote Gate was reconstructed.

Historical recognition

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