was built in 1537 by Oda Nobuyasu, an uncle of Oda Nobunaga.
Nobunaga is one
of Japanese greatest samurai who attempted to unify the nation in Japan during
the period of the wartime in the 16th centruy.
The lordship of the
castle was taken turns several times and in the early 17th century it was
finally bestowed on Naruse Masanari.
Since then this castle had been owned
by Naruse family and it is noteworthy that it was the only privately owned
castle in Japan.
However in 2004, Naruse family established a foundation
and decided to maintain the castle under the new foundation with Inuyama city.
Inuyama castle is the oldest donjon remaining original style.
designated as a national treasure in 1935. There are only 12 original castles in
Japan and four of them are designated as a national treasure, Himeji,
Hikone,Matsumoto and Inuyama.
What's the criterea for national
Among the national important cultural properties, the Ministry of
culture and education designate under the following 3 criterea.
work in construction or production.
2. Enormous significance in history
The stone wall of the castle is 5-meter height.
It is the oldest
method to pile up raw and natural stones, which is called "Nozurazumi" in
As time passed, the construction method became more precise. You
can recognize when was the castle built by the method of the stone wall.
Kiso river from the top of the castle.
Kiso river played a significant
role at that time.
Kiso timbers were very popular and transported through
the river shipped to Nagoya port and other places.
The lord of the
castle imposed tax on every boarts that went through the river to bring the
castle town prosperous.
Open Hour : 9:00am to 5:00pm
500 yen (including Artifacts Museum and Karakuri Exhibition)
Dec to 31st Dec
How to get: 15 mins walk from Inuyama station (Meitetsu
line) about 30 mins from Nagoya station.