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    Inuyama Castle

    by Rabbityama Written Nov 9, 2012

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    Inuyama Castle dates back to 1537 and is one of the twelve castles in Japan with an original donjon. It's also a National Treasure. It was built by Oda Nobuyasu.

    Immediately upon entering the castle, there is a great view of its inner stone base. Like many castles, they have a variety of artifacts from the castle and its former owners, including samurai armor, scrolls, paintings, etc. The view from the top is great. From the front side you can see the rest of the castle grounds, its walls, and turrets. From the opposite side there is a spectacular view of the Kiso River (nicknamed the "Japan Rhine").

    As a real castle, it is definitely worth the visit. Parts of the castle town have also been preserved which works well to further enhance the experience! I always enjoy visiting castles, but the authentic castles always come highly recommended!

    Entrance is 500 yen. If you plan to visit Urakuen Garden there is a combination ticket that you can purchase for 1200 yen which saves you 300 yen.

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    Momotaro Shrine

    by Rabbityama Written Nov 2, 2012

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    Far from Okayama, where the Momotaro story is believed to have originated, this shrine is dedicated to the famous folk hero. Those familiar with the story will recognize all of the characters leading up to the shrine. At the beginning of the road you'll find the three friends that helped Momotaro, the monkey, pheasant, and dog along. There's also a demon. A little further on the right you'll see the old woman holding the peach that she found in the river (which contained baby Momotaro).

    At the shrine's torii gate is a naked Momotaro popping out of the peach! Behind him on the stairs is the old man who raised him with the old woman. At the top is Momotaro standing strong with his friends. To the left is Momotaro Shrine. Beside the shrine is one of the oni (ogres) that actually cries tears! On the opposite side is where the treasure house is located.

    Outside the treasure house are scenes of Momotaro with his friends and Momotaro slaying an oni. The treasure house itself has a collection of Momotaro memorabilia. In addition to that, they also have a fun collection of a "real" ogre mace and even "real" ogre baby bones. It's really cute and if you have kids that know the story, they'll be fascinated!

    The characters do appear to be in need of a paint job or touch-up but it's still a lot of fun and children love it! The shrine grounds are free. The treasure house costs 200 yen.

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    Urakuen Garden

    by Rabbityama Written Oct 31, 2012
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    Urakuen Garden is a garden famous for its teahouses built by Oda Uraku, brother of Oda Nobunaga, in 1618. Uraku was a student of Senno Rikyu, one of the historic masters of the tea ceremony, so he himself was also known as one of the great tea ceremony masters. The garden's name "Urakuen" comes from his name "Uraku", meaning "Uraku Garden".

    Uraku lived in the Shodenin Shoin, which is now an Important Cultural Property. The Joan Tea House was moved here from Kyoto where he originally built it.

    The tea houses and Shodenin are the central parts of the garden. Around that are bamboo, nice scenic paths with moss, a spacious lawn, and a small forested area. It's very quiet and peaceful.

    Entrance is 1000 yen. Because it is famous for its tea houses, you can also have tea in the garden for an additional 500 yen.

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    Karakuri Museum

    by Rabbityama Written Oct 23, 2012

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    Karakuri are mechanical puppets (in Japanese they call them dolls). They can make them do a variety of things. The most stereotypical is the tea-serving puppet which can walk forward with tea and bow before you take your tea cup. They have one of these puppets at the museum that they demonstrate at 10:30am and 2pm on weekends.

    Some of the others on exhibit can "eat", an Indian snake charmer, and other interesting puppets.

    There are larger puppets as well on display and they have a puppet available for visitors to see if they can make it move.

    The museum is small but interesting and they have a pamphlet with some English explanations. Entrance is 100 yen.

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    INUYAMA festival

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    Every year on the 1st saturday and sunday of APRIL, the INUYAMA FESTIVAL is held at the HARITSUNA JINJA with 13 floats decorated with gorgeously embroidered drapes .....and parades down the streets ...while the cherry blossoms are in bloom...

    Each float has a KARAKURI NINGYO and the puppets present colorful dancing act with flutes and drums.......

    At night the floats are decorated with 360 lanters making the scene fantastic...

    Also dont miss the NIHON RHINE SUMMER FESTIVAL on AUGUST 10 ....every year...there is a big fire work display...

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    URAKU-EN garden and JO-AN TEA CEREMONY HOUSE

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    Jo-an is highly renowned as one of the 3 BEST TEA CEREMONY HOUSES and was designated as a NATIONAL TREASURE in 1936..

    In 1972, the building was resettled in this URAKU-EN garden which was named after ODA URAKU...

    HISTORY

    Jo-an tea ceremony house was built in 1618 by ODA URAKU, one of the great masters of Japanese tea ceremony..

    After the OSAKA winter war, URAKUSAI gave up his samurai status and became a MONK, living in the SHODEIN-IN hall, inside KENNINJI TEMPLE in KYOTO

    There he built JO-AN as a tea ceremony arbor..Jo-an, shoden-in and other buildings were relocated to INUYAMA in 1972, and named, URAKU-EN

    Jo-an and connected SHODEN-IN SHOIN(a study) was a place of URAKU'S seclusion in his last years..


    The fee is 1000yen but if you wish to drink tea, it will be another 500yen
    open from 9am to 5pm

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    Attached turret and armor room

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    This is the projection located on the South east corner, constructed for the purpose of offense and defense...

    It commands a good view of the far scenery through the 2 wooden frame windows below...

    The area is about 15square meters( or 8 tatamis)

    During recent reconstruction work, turret corner was completely restored because 2 of them had been destroyed by the GREAT NOBI earthquake of 1891.

    You are able to leave your name and adddress at the sign book available.

    On the 2 floor you will find the ARMOR room This room is used to store armor and weaponry, on the shelves as you can see in the pic.......

    Its place in the center of the room on the second floor..and .Its the largest room in the castle.....

    At the moment are display pictures of castle from around Japan...

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    The view of naritasan

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    When you climb the first few steps of the Inuyama castle, look to you right toward the mountains....and you will see a set of many buildings......

    This is NARITA-SAN TEMPLE complex.....no!! not chiba. city ."naritasan".......but naritasan of inuyama....

    In 1953, an offshoot of the principal Buddah Image of FUDOH-MYO-OH(from the head temple NARITA-san Shinshoji) was received and a graceful red painted main temple building was made to house it on this mountain...

    many tourist and Buddhist worshippers visit the site year around..I was not able to make it there THIS time..:)

    Monkeing around

    The ferrys wheel you see in the picture, is part of MONKEY MUSEUM AND PARK,..

    The japan monkey center has over 1,000 monkeys of 100 species from around the world...
    The study of primates is one of the features of the museum and it ranked among the top in the world for primatological study..

    The park next to it with the ferrys wheel . is a popular amusement park for both kids and adult

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    Inuyama cormorant fishing on the kiso river..

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    From june 1st to september 30th each year, Cormorant fishing on the kiso river should not be missed.....

    Its called Inuyama Ukai. Ukai is a kind of fishing. The fishermen train many cormorants and make them catch smelts that are attracted to the torch at the head of a small boat on the river. The fishermen dressed in traditional costumes skillfully manipulate the ropes ......

    Cormorant fishing was originally begun by the feudal lord of INUYAMA to catch sweetfish(ayu) to present to the TOKUGAWA SHOGUNATE.......the tradition is over 340 years old in INUYAMA....:

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    City around Inuyama Castle

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    INUYAMA town is noted for historical sites ,the center of the town was built by a warrior general, Nobuyasu Oda, in 1537.

    The history of the town, however, goes back to the ancient `Kofun` period, when people built many gigantic mound-like tombs.

    Road leading to the outside of the castle town were made curved and provided with a gate to protect the city from invasion...

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    Koran room

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    This is called KORAN(high rails) room, on the 4th and last floor...of the castle..

    It has a great view from the round veranda....Seems to be used as the lookout stand or the conning tower in the age of wars..

    This room had some very interesting designs.....The karahafu curved chinese shapes gables are located NORTH AND SOUTH...and the plover triangular shapes gables were located EAST AND WEST...

    The room was said to be constructed by the lord NARUSE long after the first construction of the castle and that he extended them just as decoration from 1618-1687...They do provide a nice detail to such a plain room....

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    THE LORD'S ROOM in INUYAMA CASTLE

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    The castle has 4 floors and many little rooms thru out ...the Jodan No MA,
    This is the room inhabited by the lord NARUSE, its on the second floor.....

    The next room on this same floor is the ISHI OTOSHI NO MA
    (pic#2)This is called the STONE DROPPING DEVICE place...They dropped stones from here to avoid their invaders scaling the walls from the moat below..

    The total area is about 7.7 square meters...( in japanese tatami scale is over 4 mats)

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    OOSUGI sama

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    After all that climbing and viewing ,,:) you will finally get to the castle...but beside the castle the big fern tree you will see at one side is about 650 years old....and 24 meter tall before ....

    Its been here since INUYAMA CASTLE was built...and it was as tall as the tower of the castle...

    The fern tree as been a protector of the castle...during thunder storms the lighthing will hit the tree than the castle its also serve as a wind breaker... so the tree has been consider a "special tree" protecting the castle from natural disasters.....it finally wilted in 1965.....

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    INUYAMA CASTLE

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    Inuyama Castle, a NATIONAL TREASURE, stands at the center of the city, which still retains the atmosphere of an old castle town built in the 16th century.

    Inuyama Castle, also known as Hakuteijo Castle, named after the famous Chinese historical castle,was built in the late 16th century, and is the only PRIVATLEY OWNED castle in Japan. Its Tenshukaku, or the castle tower is the OLDEST EXISTING TOWER IN JAPAN

    The original sachi that was sitting on the top of the castle roof are now on display in the castle..

    IN HISTORY

    Nobuyasu Oda, uncle of the famous Nobunaga Oda, once was the castellan of Inuyama and the castle became the tactical base fortress for Mino invasion which was to help initiate Nobunaga's unification of the whole country of Japan. ,

    Inuyama castle endured and survived through many battles and natural disaster over the centuries, and is still existing as one of the oldest remaining castle dungeons in Japan

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    Main Gate to Inuyama castle

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    After climbing the stairs and just before you pay the fee......the main gate on Inuyama castle will be in view...

    (pic#2)I put this picture here to remind everyone that comfy shoes are a must for traveling to japan.....

    Most castles , shrine, temple are built on mountains, there are a lot of climbing and walking....
    Fee ..500 yen adult and 100 yen kids...

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**Must See Sights

Inuyama Castle, Urakuen Garden, Meiji Mura.

**Historical Sites

Okumura Mansion, Karakuri Museum

**Theme Parks

Japan Monkey Park,...

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