In Inuyama (犬山) the Kiso-gawa, aka the 'Japanese Rhine', paints a pretty picture beneath its castle, a National Treasure, and the oldest wooden castle still standing in Japan. By day, the castle, the quaint streets, manicured Uraku-en and the 17th-century Jo-an teahouse make for pleasant strolling, while at night fishermen perform the ancient art of ukai (cormorant fishing) by firelight.
Just beneath the castle are the picturesque Shintō shrines Haritsuna Jinja and Sankō-Inari Jinja, the latter with interesting statues of komainu (protective dogs) and a short pathway of red torii (gates).
Since 1635 townsfolk have celebrated the Inuyama Matsuri on the first weekend in April. The festival highlight is a parade of lantern-strewn floats.