Inuyama Castle Town

Inuyama castle town developed as s town for merchants who specialized timbers produced at the upper stream of Kiso river, and cottons, rice and oil produced on farms in Nobi plain.

The population of Inuyama city is 75,500 and its area is 75 k?.

™Okumurafs house

The Okumuras was a merchant in Edo era.

The current house was built soon after a big fire in 1842, which is now used as a Japanese-French restaurant.

™Nakasendo highway and Ichirizuka milestone

There were 5 main highways connecting between main big cities in Edo era.

Nakasendo highway was one of them and it connected between Tokyo and Kyoto through mountain side.

The street in front of Okumurafs house is a part of old Nakasendo.

Ichirizuka milestones were built on the both sides of the main highways every ichiri (4km) as landmarks for walking travelers.

™Yozaka ( L-shaped road to defend against enemies )

150 years ago Inuyama castle was surrounded by moat and wall.

Inuyama castle had 8 gates. One of them was here (Yozaka).

This street is L-shaped on purpose to defend against enemies rushing in to the town.

The road joints with the main road not in T form, which aims to make enemies hesitate to enter, as though it looks like a dead end.

™Jinai-cho (temple-ward)

When they made this castle town, 4 temples were arranged here near the gate as a military base, and they hoped enemy would not attack the temples because of Buddhas dignity.

™Old Isobefs residence (former Kimono merchant)

Isobefs residence was built in the last period of Edo era.

Isobe family made their fortune as a Kimono merchant, but after the world war?they dealt in tea.

In 2004, Inuyama City bought them for preservation.

They restored their appearance in the middle of Meiji era.The frontage is 6.8 meters wide by 53 meters long.

There are main house, courtyard and warehouses, which is a middle scale merchant house in Inuyama.

™Donden-kan palace

Inuyama festival features 13 floats with mechanical puppets.

Four of festival floats are exhibited here.The floats are made up of three decks. The tallest float is 9 meters.

On the top stage there are puppets and the middle level of the float is for puppeteers.

Children wearing gorgeous Kimono gKin Jubanh sit on the bottom of the float and play Japanese flute and drum.

™Inuyama Artifacts Museum

Inuyama festival dates from 1635, as the dedication to the Harituna Shrine to invoke the recovery from conflagration.

One of 13 festival floats is displayed here and you can see tradition and history of Inuyama festival.

At the night of the festival, all the floats have 365 of paper lanterns lit up, meaning 365 days a year, and go on a parade all over the town.

™Mechanical Puppet Exhibition Room

There are two kinds of mechanical puppets.

One is called gZashiki karakurih and the other gYama karakurih, that is, puppets are mounted on festival float.

Here, the original mechanical puppets that were used during the previous festivals are exhibited.

™Nintoshu produced by Kojima Family

Nintoshu was introduced to Japan by Korean Correspondence Group called Chosen Tsushinshi in 1598.

It is a medical alcoholic beverage made from Japanese honeysuckle.

During Edo period, Naruse Family ( the lord of Inuyama castle )presented it to Tokugawa Shogunate every year.

The Kojimas has been producing Sake in order to maintain tradition for generations.