Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle © TSasaki

What is Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle, a national treasure, was built in 1537 during the Muromachi period (1336-1573) by Oda Nobuyasu’s uncle, the great warlord, Oda Nobunaga. The castle tower on the top floor of Inuyama Castle is Japan’s oldest wooden castle tower. The castle is located on top of a small mountain along the banks of the Kiso River and the elevated view is breathtaking. Surrounding the castle are nostalgic streets of the town of Inuyama and there are many tourist facilities in the area. The castle is on the border of Aichi Prefecture’s Owari area and Gifu Prefecture’s Mino area and became a key asset during the Warring States period and the castle went through many changes over time. During the Battle of Komaki-Nagukute (1584), Hashiba Hideyoshi led an army of 120,000 soldiers into the castle to confront Tokugawa Ieyasu who was occupying Komakiyama Castle. During the Edo period (1603-1868), Naruse Masanari of the Owari clan took over the castle and ruled until the end of the Edo period. Later, the castle became the property of Aichi Prefecture for a time but was partially destroyed during the 1891 earthquake. After repair, it became the property of the Naruse family and was the only privately owned castle in Japan until 2004.

Superb View from the Castle Tower "Like a Lord of the Castle"

Kiso River flows on the north side of Inuyama Castle and the entrance of the castle is on the south side. The castle tower is difficult to see from the south side, but can be seen as soon as you enter through the castle gate. There is a lot of history left at Inuyama Castle, including the construction and timber used in construction. History can be experienced everywhere at the castle, from the creaking sounds while walking through the castle to the gabs in the wooden floors. The watchtower on the top floor is a small space but there is a wooden corridor where visitors can view the surroundings. When the weather is good, the beautiful Kiso River can be seen below, as well as Ontake Mountain, Gifu-jyo Castle, and Nagoya Station Building.


On the Meitetsu Rail, it is a 25 minute ride on the express train from Nagoya Station to Inuyama Station. From Central Japan International Airport, it is a 55 minute ride on the Meitetsu Rail "Mu Sky" train to Inuyama Station. From Inuyama Station, it is a 3 minute drive or 15 minute walk to Inuyama Castle

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Description: Inuyama Castle

Sights Inuyama Castle (犬山城)
Address 65-2 Kitakoken, Inuyama, Inuyama-shi, 484-0082
Phone / Fax Phone: 0568-61-1711
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Tuesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Wednesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Thursday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Friday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Saturday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Sunday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Admission Fee Pay admission: 550yen
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Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Inuyama Castle