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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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  • It is very special and memorable visit to this place as I visited with my research professor. It was amazing to be there and get feel of Japanese culture and history. This castle is one of the greates...  more »
  • This is one of the few original castles standing in Japan...not a lot to see inside the castle but the views from the top is worth the visit...  more »
  • This is a place worth visiting but it is a bit away from town. It's about 40mins away from Nagoya train station. If the weather is nice, the walk from the train station to the castle is absolutely lov...  more »
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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.