Inuyama City: Historical Castle Town and Much More…

Just half an hour from Nagoya is Inuyama, an ancient town that was at one time one of the most important domains of the ruling Oda clan. It is especially reknowned for its stunning castle that overlooks the Kiso River, a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms in spring and the turning of the leaves in autumn. But the town has so much more to recommend it. Inuyama Castle However, no review of Inuyama can be complete with out a reference to Inuyama-jo. As well as being one of only 12 Japanese castles remaining from the Edo period, it also holds the distinction of being one of just four castles designated as national treasures, and it is claimed that, with its construction in 1440, it is the oldest castle in the country. The building itself, which had at one time been under the rule of Oda Nobuyasu (the uncle of the powerful warlord Oda Nobunaga), is made of wood, and the internal plans give the authentic layout of an old Japanese castle, right down to the steep, polished wooden stairs, which can be a little treacherous in your bare feet. Tours in English can be provided by volunteers upon request. Where: Kitakoken-65-2 Inuyama (map) Website: inuyama-castle.jp Inuyama Old Town Jokomachi, as the old town is also known, leads down from the castle and is a beautiful area of Edo era buildings, with shops selling everything from souvenirs and handicrafts to local goods and unusual clothing. There are also a number of restaurants, many…
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Inuyama City: Historical Castle Town and Much More…
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Inuyama City: Historical Castle Town and Much More…

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