Inuyama Castle is located in Inuyama city, the northwestern part of Aichi. The city prospered as a key junction even in the old days because of it’s land, part of the Nobi Plain is fertilized by Kiso River. Inuyama city was a sub-domain of Owari Domain, entrusted to senior retainers of the Nagoya-branch of the Tokugawa clan. After the Meiji Restoration, the city was established as an independent feudal han, until the 1871 abolition of the han system. In 1954, Inuyama was granted city status.
Inuyama Castle is located on the south side of Kiso River and was constructed by Nobunaga Oda’s uncle, Nobuyasu Oda in 1537. The castle was constructed at the border of Owari (present day Aichi prefecture) and Mino (present day Gifu). It was an important base during the wartime and with every battle the owner of the castle changed. Apart from being a phenomenal sight with breathtaking beauty and presiding in the heart of nature, the castle has rich history that holds Japanese traditions with an iron grip.
During the Edo period ( 1603-1868 ) Inuyama Castle was the center of power for the Naruse clan, retainers of the Matsudaira clan and rulers of the Inuyama Domain. The castle was designated as a national treasure then taken by the Japanese government during the Meiji Restoration. In 1891, Inuyama Castle was damaged by the Great Nobi earthquake and returned to the Naruse clan in 1895.
The Naruse clan gained the castle back on the condition that they would repair and maintain Inuyama Castle. In 2004, the ownership of the castle was returned to Aichi and was turned over to a foundation set up by the prefecture’s Board of Education.
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Address: 65-2 Kitakoken, Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture
Access: 12 minute walk from Inuyamayuen Station
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Admission: 500 yen
Website: Inuyama Castle (Japanese)