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Inuyama Castle was built by the uncle of the feudal military leader Oda Nobunaga in 1537. Through turbulent times that the castellan changed many times, the whole castle but the castle tower was demolished, and it collapsed because of a big earthquake, it was designated as a national treasure in 1952. The castle tower of Inuyama Castle seems the oldest among 12 castles with an existing castle tower in Japan which were built during the Edo period. The renovation around 1617 supposedly made the castle we see today. Besides, it has a rare history of being owned by an individual person, the family of Naruse, from 1617 to 2004.
- 65-2 Inuyama Kitakoken, Inuyama-shi, Aichi
- Contact No.
- 15-min walk from Inuyama-yuen station on Meitetsu Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 min
- Admission fee
- Adults 500 yen, Children (6-15) 110 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Oldest castle tower in Japan
The castle tower of Inuyama Castle has "Karahafu" which arches its roof to the center. It appears like a three-storied building but is actually four floors above and 2 floors below. In the basement floors, you can see stone walls and joists that bank up the castle tower.
Inside the castle with atmosphere of old days
Inside of the castle reminds you of the old days when it was built. The 2nd floor has racks for weapons and armor and the 4th floor has a watchtower from where you can see far and wide which means that this castle was built for battles.
View from the top floor of the castle tower
The top floor of the castle tower is an observation deck and it has a 360-degree panoramic view. Find the Kiso River which the feudal military leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi crossed over on his attack to Inuyama Castle or the cityscape of Inuyama which has developed with Inuyama Castle. These views will help you imagine the old days when it was built.
Sacred tree guards Inuyama Castle
There is a cedar tree in the east of Inuyama Castle. It was originally taller than the castle but a lightning strike shortened the tree (as you see it now) when a severe typhoon hit this area a long time ago. Locals thought that the tree sacrificed itself for Inuyama Castle and they started to call this tree Ogami-sama (sama means Sir) with respect.
Urakuen: One of the three great teahouses among Japanese national treasures
Urakuen is around 5 minutes walk from Inuyama Castle. This garden is designated as a national treasure and here is one of the three great teahouses among Japanese national treasures. In the teahouse, you can enjoy matcha and Japanese sweets with a garden view. There's an entry ticket which includes one for Inuyama Castle together, so why don't you visit both spots?