When the sky is stained with color by the rising sun, the Kiso River reflects that light to become a mirror and create a truly wonderful landscape. Standing atop a small hill which overlooks the river is Inuyama Castle, a National Treasure and owner of the oldest remaining original castle tower in Japan. The castle tower is the only one of its kind to have remained, quite miraculously, to the present day, having survived the fall of its castle during the Sengoku period, all subsequent natural disasters and wars and the abolition of the old feudal domains and establishment of the prefecture system. The structure is devoid of gorgeous decoration, and its plain appearance adds a majestic beauty to the landscape of mountains and the Kiso River. The precipitous staircases convey to the present vestiges of the past, the wooden floors creak as you walk on them, and the fantastical view weaves together river and mountains. This is stunning scenery which has remained unchanged for hundreds of years.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
Long lines can form at the entrance to the extremely popular castle tower, so if you want to take your time over your visit, arriving just after opening time is recommended. The oldest remaining original castle tower in Japan has lots of steep staircases inside, and care should be taken when going up and down them. To see Inuyama Castle rising atop its plateau across the Kiso River, cross Rhine Bridge to the southwest of the castle and admire the view from the Gifu Prefecture side.
The pleasure of travel: Inuyama Castle
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updated on Jan 8, 2016