Top things to do in Inuyama

Top Choice Museum in Inuyama


Due to war, earthquakes and development, few Meiji-era buildings have survived here. In 1965 this open-air museum was created to preserve this unique style, known for unifying Western and Japanese architectural elem…
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, ear…
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama


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


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…
Cultural in Inuyama

Inuyama Matsuri

A government-designated Intangible Cultural Asset, this festival features a parade of 13 three-tiered floats strewn with 365 lanterns. Atop each float, elaborate karakuri ningyō (marionettes) perform to music. The f…
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 float from the Inuyama Matsuri and various artefacts related to cormorant fishing, Inuyama-jō and the town's history.
French in Inuyama


Fancy five-course French cuisine in an Edo-period building with an attractive garden – lovely! From the station, turn right at the lights, walk two blocks to the next set of lights, then turn right. It's on your rig…
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.