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Inuyama Castle, Inuyama

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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. To visit Inuyama Castle on your trip to Inuyama, use our Inuyama route app .
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  • I went to Qss city early in the morning, although it rained, but it was not so happy that there was an uncle at the park when our English tour, Uncle still speak English, and uncle very attentively do a lot of work, his book is a lot of his own painting, and uncle also with us to climb to the top of Qss city, is a special experience
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  • It is useful because it is 30 minutes by train from Sakae. Weather was good, and the view from the main tower was the best. Stairs to the top floor is steep and fairly narrow, so care is required. Bad legs, just might. Fall foliage season and also different views to see good may.
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  • 100 in meijo went. Inuyama Castle's pictures seem somewhat small, but they are not. Along the Kiso was towering and imposing. From inside the thick trees, and use was a sturdy building. It was precious to the balcony on the top floor: RIM walk experience. Hong Kong was the Kiso River flows just below. Can be relaxed. Under the floorboards have gaps only a little, or by repairing materials, felt, history. There was big cedar trees on the side of the Castle. When the Typhoon is withered by lightning, but now us is guarding the Castle as a sacred tree.
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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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