Inuyama-jō

Inuyama-jō information

Location
Inuyama , Japan
Address
65-2 Kitakoken
Telephone
+81 568 61 1711
Getting there
Train: Meitetsu Inuyama-yuen
Prices
adult/child ¥500/100
Opening hours
9am-4.30pm
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A National Treasure, Japan's oldest standing castle is said to have originated as a fort in 1440. The current donjon (main keep) built atop a 40m rise beside the Kiso-gawa dates from 1537 and has resisted war, earthquake and restoration, remaining the penultimate example of Momoyama-era architecture. Inside are steep, narrow staircases and military displays – the view from the top is worth the climb. The castle is 15 minutes' walk from Meitetsu Inuyama-yuen station.