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国宝犬山城 Inuyama Castle

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  • Other Aichi areas
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65-2 Kitakoken, Inuyama, Inuyama-shi, Aichi 484-0081, Japan
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Opening Hours
From 29 to 31 December
Date of post:2015/07/24

The oldest castle in Japan, one of the most important National Treasures

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Tourist Center Address:65-2 Kitakoken, Inuyama-city, AICHI pref.
Japan Category : Castle
Opening Hours : 9:00 - 16:30
Tel.: +81-568-61-1711

1. Outline
Inuyama Castle, National Treasure, is the oldest castle in Japan. The building is restored and repaired several times, but the main structure itself is original. The castle locates on the shore of the Kiso River, this river is the border between Aichi and Gifu prefectures. Its first construction was completed in 1440. That Castle has been largely expanded several times, and the current main donjon were completed in 1537, by Nobuyasu ODA, Nobunaga's uncle.

Tenshu (donjon) of Inuyama Castle looks three-story building from outside, but there are four stories inside, and two more stories including a landing in the basement. The total floor area is 699 m2 including the basement of first and second floors doorway. Donjon's stone basement wall height is 5 meters. The height of donjon is 19 meters. You will see inside the real original Castle building style of 16 century.

2. Entrance Fee
Adults : 550 yen
Junior High School and Elementary School Students : 110 yen

3. Access
From Nagoya Station, take a Meitetsu line to Inuyama Station (30 minutes).
About 15 minutes’ walk from Inuyama Station

4. My recommendations
I recommend to visit Inuyama castle more than Nagoya Castle or Osaka Castle because it is almost original wooden building built more than 500 years ago. You can experience the warmth of the historical old wood, and you will find this is a true National Treasure. You can sound the floor creeks when you walk in the castle. I am looking forward to showing you the Inuyama Castle as one of the best examples of Japanese original architecture.

5. Best visit time
Spring is beautiful with Sakura cherry blossoms, Autumn is also beautiful with colorful leaves around the castle. Summer is hot, there are many stairs inside the castle, please bring your own drinks.

6. Others
You will be like Tonosama, the lord of the Castle, you can see the marvelous view, especially I like, from the top of donjon, the watchtower. You can observe the surroundings for the protection reason, there is a corridor around the tower. When the weather is nice, you can see the view of beautiful Kiso-river, Ontakesan volcano, Gifu castle, and other mountains, rivers and city buildings, such as Nagoya Station Building.

Date of post:2015/07/23

Nice and Simple Castle with a Historical Castletown

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Take a little side trip if you are in Nagoya. You can get there in about an hour from Nagoya station. Built in 1537, its donjon is one of the oldest of those that exist. The structure is built almost entirely with timbers and stones, using nails only for some floors. It is well-preserved, and unlike the other castles, there aren’t modern additions in it, so you can feel the authentic atmosphere.

The steep stairs in the castle may sometimes be scary, but on the top floor, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Kiso River and the castle town. Some displays inside the castle are also very simple but interesting. Take a look at the holes to attack enemies, and the armors of the lord.

Since there aren’t much exhibitions or explanation panels, I recommend you to take part in a free guided tour. Deeper understanding about the castle will surely make your visit more enjoyable. (There are always some English free guides here, but you should make a reservation in advance)

In addition, stroll through the streets of the castle town. There are some historical buildings and some cafes. Enjoy eating some of the cheap and delicious local skewer gourmet. Watching unique cormorant fishing on the Kiso River is also attractive, too.

*About the Inuyama Castle, brochures in English/Chinese/Korean are available.

  • * The information above is from the date of the review. Please be aware that some of the content may vary from the most recent information.
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