Top Choice Castle in Inuyama


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, earth…
Top Choice Museum in Inuyama


Known for unifying Western and Japanese architectural elements, few Meiji-era buildings have survived due to war, earthquakes and development. In 1965 this open-air museum was created to preserve this unique style. …
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. Another of Inuyama's National Treasures, Jo-an was built in 1618 in Kyoto…
Museum in Inuyama

Karakuri Exhibition Room (Annex)

This small annex exhibits Edo- and Meiji-era karakuri ningyō (marionettes). On Saturdays and Sundays at 10.30am and 2pm, you can see the wooden characters in action. On Fridays and Saturdays between 10am and 4pm, th…
Museum in Inuyama

Inuyama Artifacts Museum/Castle & Town Museum

This museum, located one block south of Haritsuna Jinja and Sankō-Inari Jinja was reopened in October 2012 after extensive renovations. It houses two of the Inuyama festival floats and various artefacts related to c…
Museum in Inuyama


Four of the thirteen impressive Inuyama Matsuri (festival) floats are on year-round display in this custom-made building.
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama


This ancient shrine set on a lovely hillside is dedicated to the 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 i…
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama


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 ¥500. The Tagata Hōnen-sai Matsuri takes plac…
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama

Haritsuna Jinja

Just south of Inuyama-jō is this picturesque Shinto shrine.
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama

Sankō-Inari Jinja

Just south of Inuyama-jō is this picturesque Shinto shrine with interesting statues of komainu (protective dogs).