If you visit the Chubu district, you really want to go to Inuyama Castle, the oldest wooden castle tower in Japan. Also, in the castle town around the castle, the taste of the Edo period remains and attracts visitors.
Inuyama Castle is one of five national treasure castles nationwide and is popular as Aichi’s popular tourist destination. On the banks of the river, Inuyama Castle is a castle where castle keep is present and crowded with many tourists regardless of the season.
Inuyama Castle, a national treasure boasted by Aichi Prefecture, is a castle whose appearance changes according to the season. In the cherry blossom season the inside of the castle site is bright and it looks like a spectacular look. In autumn leaves season, you can enjoy Inuyama Castle and autumn leaves together, and more attractions will be added.
Inuyama Castle is actually a castle not only as a sightseeing spot but also a very high historical value. There are only 12 castle keeping castle keeps in Japan. Inuyama Castle is a very rare castle where castle keep remains. It is a castle with plenty to see as a sightseeing spot and a historic relic.
The nearest station of National Treasures Inuyama Castle is Inuyama station, about 25 minutes by Meitetsu Rapid Express from Nagoya Station.
To Inuyama Castle, enter through the entrance gate. And you will pass through the castle town with plenty of highlights. From the castle town you can look up Inuyama Castle. If you look up you can see the keep of the Inuyama Castle, it is also becoming a popular tourist spot as a shooting spot for a superb view.
One of the sightseeing spots of Inuyama Castle is “Inuyama Castle Town”. Inuyama castle town is a castle town that left a lot of atmosphere at that time. While enjoying the old-fashioned atmosphere, you can enjoy it like a town in Edo.
“National treasure Inuyama-jo Castle” is built in 1537 of the Muromachi era, and the Japanese oldest style that a castle tower exists. It is called a popular name “the White Imperial Castle”. The view from the castle tower which was built on the slightly elevated mountains of bank of Kisogawa is a superb view. In the castle town in front of it, there is the samurai residence letting you feel the history, the Karakuri (gimmick) pavilion and the history museum, so you can enjoy walk.
It is only 5 castles having been designated as a national treasure in the whole country, including this Inuyama-jo Castle with Matsumoto-jo Castle, Himeji-jo Castle, Hikone-jo Castle and Matsue-jo Castle (at 2016).
It is in the limelight nationwide as a precious castle. Inuyama-jo Castle which had escaped war damage, and left from old times, was built by Nobuyasu Oda who was an uncle of Nobunaga Oda.(*)
* The famous busho (military commander) of the Sengoku (Warring States) period.
The castle tower is said to be an observation tower type, with three levels at the fourth floor above the ground, 2 stories below ground, and is the Japanese oldest style to exist.
Because it is located in the important position of the age of civil wars, so the lord of a castle turned busy like Oda, Ikeda, Ishikawa. In the Edo era, Masashige Naruse of the Owari feudal lord was the lord of the castle until the late Tokugawa period.
The view from the castle tower which was built on the slightly elevated mountains of bank of Kisogawa is a special. There is a corridor surrounding the castle tower top floor, you can look around Kisogawa, Mount Ontake, Gifu Castle, the building group of Nagoya Station.
It is famous as the highlight of the cherry tree, the Sakuranamiki (the cherry‐tree‐lined path) spreads out around the neighborhood of Kiso riverside, there are approximately 400 cherry trees around a castle.
|Name:||Inuyama Jo Castle|
|Adresse:||Kitakoken 65-2 Inuyama, Aichi 484-0082 Japan|
|Access:||Meitetsu Inuyama-sen Line “Inuyama-Yuen-eki Station” (12 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 568-61-1711 (Inuyama Jo Castle Management Office)|
|Price:||550 yen (Adult)
110 yen (Under 15 years old)
Please refer the official web page.