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Inuyama Castle, Inuyama

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Castle Historic Site
Originally built in 1440 and strengthened in 1537, Inuyama Castle boasts the status of one of Japan's oldest castles, and one of only twelve surviving from before the Edo period. Situated on a hilltop, the castle overlooks Inuyama and the Kiso River. Explore the wooden castle floors and see the armory and storage room, or visit the main keep to admire the relics and artifacts from the castle's turbulent past. Climb to the top floor of the castle and enjoy the panoramic city views from the balcony. Work out when and for how long to visit Inuyama Castle and other Inuyama attractions using our handy Inuyama vacation planner.
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  • Make the time to visit this castle. Kids will love the stairs and tower. It's still privately owned and is a national treasure. The town is friendly, quiet, and offers great shops and food. We walked ...  more »
  • It was very disappointing. Falls Thunder to the day ago I visited, but during the Castle, did not want to up to now because it was free admission usually takes the Castle Square is a national treasure Inuyama Castle came back in from the outside, I think.
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  • For stands on a hill along the river views from the Castle Tower is very beautiful. It was the Castle River with one, easy-to-maintain terrain that is understood well. It is a castle steep wooden stairs is hard, but worth it.
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  • Nice castle in which you can still clearly see the original structure. Really cool to be in the oldest standing castle in Japan. The views from the top are good and must once have been amazing without the city and some trees blocking the views. Super crowded in golden week...
  • A single there says it's the oldest standing castle in Japan. It's not a huge place to explore, but it's got mountain views, river views nd a great view of the area on top. I went up with 3 kids and I was definitely scared to have them walking around with the rickety rail on top. It's a cool experience. It'll only take a couple hours to see everything.
  • Inuyama Castle is the oldest castle in Japan, and one of the last standing with a castle tower. Going there is a bit of a trek from Nagoya proper, but it's really a trip worth making. It feels like somewhat of a local secret, too; all the sightseers were domestic. It's surrounded by cherry trees and will be stunningly gorgeous in a few weeks once it's full bloom. Make sure you explore Castle Town as well, and the nearby Jo-An Tea House is worth a visit.
  • One of the few remaining original castles of Japan, in wonderful shape with dedicated staff. No rush by the staff to run through it in a hurry. A placid location to enjoy the history. Highly recommend visiting the castle town shops on the road up to the entrance.
  • Good area to explore. The castle is a bit small but its one of only 12 original castles in Japan. The wood work inside the build is amazing and the view from the top when the sunsets over the river is very beautiful.

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Where to stay in Inuyama

Inuyama doesn't possess a huge amount of places to stay, but what it does have tends toward more upmarket options. Some showpiece hotels sit by the river, offering commanding views as it flows past town. Hotels range from Western in style to traditionally Japanese, but are always modern and well-maintained. Elsewhere in town, you'll find a set of simpler hotels close to the train station, as well as the odd budget-friendly hostel, although spaces in the latter remain very limited, so reserve your place in advance.
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