Inuyama attractions

Top Choice Museum in Inuyama

Meiji-mura

Due to war, earthquakes and development, few Meiji-era buildings have survived. In 1965 this open-air museum was created to preserve this unique style, known for unifying Western and Japanese architectural elements.…
Top Choice Castle in Inuyama

Inuyama-jō

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, ear…
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama

Ōagata-jinja

This ancient shrine on a lovely hillside is dedicated to female Shintō deity Izanami and attracts women seeking marriage or fertility. See if you can find the large hime-ishi (姫石; princess stone) and other items res…
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama

Tagata-jinja

Izanagi, the male counterpart of female deity Izanami, is commemorated at this shrine, with countless wooden and stone phalluses to celebrate. You can buy souvenirs from ¥800. The Tagata Hōnen-sai Matsuri takes plac…
Museum in Inuyama

Karakuri Exhibition Room (Annexe)

This small annexe of the town museum exhibits Edo- and Meiji-era karakuri ningyō (marionettes). On Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am and 2pm you can see the wooden characters in action. On Friday and Saturday between 1…
Gardens in Inuyama

Uraku-en & Chashitsu Jo-an

Within the pretty garden of Uraku-en in the grounds of the Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel, you'll find 'Jo-an', one of the finest teahouses in Japan. One of Inuyama's National Treasures, Jo-an was built in 1618 in Kyoto by …
Museum in Inuyama

Inuyama Artifacts Museum/Castle & Town Museum

This museum houses two of the Inuyama Matsuri floats and various artefacts related to cormorant fishing, Inuyama-jō and the town's history.
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama

Sankō-Inari Jinja

Just south of Inuyama-jō is this picturesque Shinto shrine with interesting statues of komainu (protective dogs), lovingly dressed in cloth collars.
Museum in Inuyama

Dondenkan

A rotating selection of three to four of the 13 impressive Inuyama Matsuri floats are on year-round display in this custom-made building.
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama

Haritsuna Jinja

Just south of Inuyama-jō is this picturesque Shinto shrine. The tunnel of 20-plus red torii (gates) is particularly photogenic.