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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...HISTORYJo-an tea ceremony house was built in 1618 by ODA URAKU, one of the great masters of Japanese tea ceremony..After the OSAKA winter...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
IN HISTORYSurrounding the castle built by the lord are residential houses of Samurai warriors to guard the castle. Trademen and merchants gather to live in the town to promote trades. This is how old castle towns developed, and Inuyama is one of the old castle towns developed in ancient days of Japan.Near the MEITETSU INUYAMA LINE there are one of...more
Inuyama can easily be reached from Nagoya.
From Meitetsu Nagoya Station, it takes only about 30 minutes to reach Inuyama Station or Inuyamayuen Station.
Meitetsu Railway is the only railway with stations in Inuyama, so no matter where you are coming from, you must transfer to a Meitetsu station in order to get here. There are no JR stations.