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A castle tower which has survived a troubled history to remain to this day, reflected in a mirror of water

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.).

  • Viewing period:
  • All year round
  • Challenge level:
  • ★☆☆
  • Feeling:
  • Overwhelming

Travel advice

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

Nagoya Station is the starting point for a trip to Inuyama Castle, and directly connected to it is a very convenient shopping destination, JR Nagoya Takashimaya. The store has tenmusu, tebasaki and all kinds of other Nagoya specialties which will be great to take along on your trip. The train ride and walking to get from Nagoya to Inuyama Castle take about 45 minutes all together. There are lots of other places to see around Inuyama Castle. The old castle town retains an atmosphere of the Edo period, and you can enjoy strolling around Cultural Properties, temples and shrines full of history. There are also natural hot springs, so if you get tired from walking, how about a soothing soak? From dusk from June until mid October, you can see Inuyama Kiso River cormorant fishing, a traditional fishing method with 1300 years of history.

Inuyama Kiso River cormorant fishing

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updated on Jan 8, 2016