Inuyama Castle is one of the treasured castles in Japan. It was established in 1537 by Oda Nobuyasu, the grandfather of one of Japan's most powerful feudal lord, Oda Nobunaga. This castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan that have survived wars and calamities since the end of the feudal age in 1867. The Inuyama Castle grounds contain a number of small shrines and there are a several viewpoints of the town and valley below.
Inuyama Castle stands on top of a small hill next to Kiso River. This castle has four storeys above the ground and two basement floors. The main building's structure is built almost with woods and rocks. The castle lord's room is located at the first floor, together with the storage room. The second floor contains the armory, with wooden shelves lined with ancient traditional weapons. The topmost part of the castle is preceded by steep stairs, which is like telling visitors that the best views of the castle grounds and the Kiso River are only awarded to hardworking ones.
The castle can be reached in a 15-20 minute walk from Inuyama Station or Inuyama-Yuen Station. Both of these stations are served by Meitetsu Railways.
The castle opens at 9AM and closes at 5PM, the entrance doors closes at 4:30PM.
It closes on December 29 to 31.
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